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SCS Global Services accredited for SBP certification

US-headed SCS Global Services (SCS) has become the third Certification Body to be accredited by Germany-based Accreditation Services International GmbH (ASI) for Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) certification services. SBP is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production.

According to Carsten Huljus, CEO of Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), the accreditation process introduces an important level of independent, third-party oversight, bringing SBP into line with other, well-recognised certification systems.

According to a statement, ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at SCS and is satisfied that the accreditation requirements for the SBP certification system have been met.

ASI is an assurance partner for leading voluntary sustainability standards and initiatives around the world. As a peer-evaluated, full member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL Alliance), ASI operates a quality management system based on ISO/IEC 17011:2004 requirements for accreditation bodies.

The ASI accreditation process starts with a desk review of supporting documentation from the Certification Body and is followed by an on-site head office assessment. The last stage is a witness assessment of a Certification Body audit. A recommendation decision is then submitted to the ASI Accreditation Committee, with the final accreditation decision taken by the ASI Managing Director.

I congratulate SCS Global Services on their achievement. There are now three Certification Bodies accredited for SBP certification, which is an important step in SBP’s development and one that underpins the independent oversight of our certification system, said Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer of SBP.

Certification Bodies must become accredited by ASI if they wish to provide SBP certification services to their clients and prospective clients from January 1, 2018. The requirement applies to all Certification Bodies, including those that are currently SBP-approved.

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