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ISCC was developed through an open multi-stakeholder process

ISCC is an independent multi-stakeholder organisation providing a globally applicable certification system for the sustainability of raw materials and products. ISCC is a multi-feedstock system which can be used to certify all types of biomass, including agricultural or forestry raw materials and waste and residues. The ISCC certification system is applicable to entire supply chains and for different sectors and markets, including bioenergy (biofuels and bioliquids), food, feed and bio-based products, e.g. biochemical or bioplastics.

ISCC is a standard-setting organisation responsible for the development, surveillance, revision and continuous improvement of the ISCC certification system. ISCC operates different certification systems for different markets.  These systems are ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS. ISCC EU is a certification system to demonstrate compliance with the legal sustainability requirements specified in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) of the European Commission and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). ISCC PLUS is a certification system for all markets and sectors not regulated by the RED or FQD. The verification of compliance with the ISCC requirements as well as the issuance of ISCC certificates are performed by recognised third party certification bodies (CBs) cooperating with ISCC.

The ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) is the legally registered body responsible for governing ISCC, for guiding the strategic decisions taken by ISCC, and for unifying and representing ISCC’s stakeholders. The ISCC Association guarantees adherence with the multi-stakeholder process. Natural or legal persons may become members of the ISCC Association if they share the same goal and mission as ISCC. Members can participate in the organisation and have a voting right.

ISCC working group on transparency

ISCC has set up a working group to improve the transparency of ISCC by mandatory publication of summary audit reports.

The set up of the working group was agreed at the General Assembly 2016 with the scope to elaborate a summary audit report that should be made publicly available for each issued certificate. The working group had to consider a trade-off between enhancing the transparency of ISCC and protecting sensitive company information.