SCS Global Services Accredited for Biomass Program Certification

US-based SCS Global Services has become the third certification body to be accredited by Accreditation Services Inter­national (ASI) for certification services with regard to Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP).

SBP is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production. Its vision is an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable woody biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy. According to the information, 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 as well as initiatives around the world, and 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.

“Certification Bodies must become accredited by ASI if they wish to provide SBP certification services to their clients and prospective clients from the first of January 2018,” a press release informed. “The requirement applies to all certification bodies, including those that are currently SBP-approved.”

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