ISCC System Documents

On this page you find the ISCC System Documents and further ISCC Guidance Documents defining the general and technical requirements for each system. Documents on the Add-ons to be applied voluntarily under ISCC are also listed here.

Important Information

Please note that ISCC communicates updates and adjustments of the ISCC requirements in System Updates until they are incorporated into the ISCC System Documents . Please ensure that you are aware of any adjustments of the ISCC requirements as communicated through the ISCC System Updates.

ISCC EU

The following documents constitute the system basics of the ISCC EU certification system applicable as of 01 July 2021. These versions of the documents have been submitted to the European Commission in the framework of the recognition process of ISCC EU under the RED II. Please also note that the documents may be subject to change depending on further legislation and further requirements of the European Commission. At the beginning of each document, you find a comprehensive summary of changes compared to the previous version.

High-level overview of update of ISCC EU System Documents (v1.1, 01 February 2024)


This document lays down the general principles according to which the ISCC is governed globally. It specifies the goal and internal structure of ISCC, as well as the relationship between ISCC and its stakeholders.

This document lays down the requirements for Certification Bodies to become recognised by ISCC, and the duties of ISCC-recognised CBs performing certification services for ISCC. Furthermore, this document lays down the requirements for and necessary qualifications of auditors conducting ISCC audits.

The basics of the ISCC system are explained in this document, including the scope, the working procedures of ISCC and the certification process.

Biomass used in food, feed, chemical and energy markets should be produced in a sustainable way. This document then explains how the production of biomass should follow best environmental, social and economic practices.

ISCC EU 202-2 – Agricultural Biomass: ISCC Principles 2-6 (v1.1, 01 December 2022)

ISCC Principles 2-6 contribute to the sustainable
cultivation of biomass and their products to support the reduction of environmental impacts, more efficient resource use and an increasing capacity for climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as climate resilience.

This document provides the definitions, legal framework and verification process for verifying if materials meet the definition for waste and residues.

The requirements described in this document apply to all elements of the supply chain of sustainable materials that have to be covered by certification (farms or plantations, point of origins of wastes and residues, first gathering points, central offices, collecting points for waste and residues, processing units, and traders and storage facilities).

The scope of this document covers the requirements on how the risk management process under ISCC is applied to all activities of ISCC and the implications of risks for ISCC audits.

The purpose of the document “Greenhouse Gas Emissions” is to explain the options for stating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission values along the supply chain and to provide the methodology, rules and guidelines for calculating and verifying GHG emissions and emission reductions.

ISCC PLUS

Please note that the ISCC EU System Documents also serve as system documents for the ISCC PLUS scheme. The few differences and requirements that are specific to ISCC PLUS are described in the ISCC PLUS System Document, which is an additional compulsory source of information to the ISCC EU System Documents for a certification under ISCC PLUS.

ISCC PLUS System Document (v3.3, valid from 31 August 2021 until 05 March 2024)

ISCC PLUS System Document (v3.4.1, valid from 01 September 2023, mandatory from 06 March 2024)

This document presents the ISCC PLUS certification system, including governance, system basics and the certification scopes. In case of any inconsistency between the English version and the Japanese translation, the English language version shall prevail and be deemed binding on parties involved.

ISCC EU 203 – Traceability and Chain of Custody (v4.0, 01 July 2021)

The requirements described in this document apply to all elements of the supply chain of sustainable materials that have to be covered by certification (farms or plantations, point of origins of wastes and residues, first gathering points, central offices, collecting points for waste and residues, processing units, and traders and storage facilities).The requirements described in this document apply to all elements of the supply chain of sustainable materials that have to be covered by certification (farms or plantations, point of origins of wastes and residues, first gathering points, central offices, collecting points for waste and residues, processing units, and traders and storage facilities). This version (ISCC EU 203 Traceability and Chain of Custody System Document v4.0) shall be used for ISCC PLUS.

ISCC EU 202-4 –Forest Biomass: ISCC Principles 2-6 (v1, valid from 01 March 2023)

The document applies to all kinds of forest biomass which shall be supplied as sustainable under ISCC. These Principles can be already used under ISCC PLUS to demonstrate sustainable forest management.

ISCC CORSIA

The following documents constitute the system basics of the ISCC CORSIA certification system applicable as of 01 January 2024. These versions of the documents have been submitted to ICAO in the framework of the recognition process of ISCC CORSIA under the ICAO CORSIA scheme. Please also note that the documents may be subject to change depending on the continuous development of CORSIA by ICAO. At the beginning of each system document, you will find a comprehensive summary of changes compared to the previous version.

ISCC CORSIA system Document 102: Governance (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

ISCC CORSIA System Document 102: principles according to which the ISCC systems are governed globally. It specifies the goals and internal structure of ISCC, as well as the relationship between ISCC and its stakeholders.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 103: Requirements for Certification Bodies and Auditors (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

The document specifies the requirements for certification bodies to become recognised by ISCC and requirements and necessary qualifications of auditors conducting ISCC CORSIA audits.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 201: System Basics (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

Describing the ISCC CORSIA Certification System, the document outlines the certification criteria (sustainability requirements, traceability and life cycle emissions), relevant participants in the certification system and the registration and certification procedure.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 201-1: Waste, Residues, By-products (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

The document provides the principles for the certification of raw materials and feedstocks qualifying as waste, residues and by-products, their supply chains and specific certification requirements that may differ from crop-based biomass.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 202: Sustainability Requirements (v2.0, 18 Dectember 2023)

The document explains the sustainability requirements that are valid for farms or plantations.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 203: Traceability and Chain of Custody (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

This document describes the requirements for traceability and chain of custody applicable to all elements of an ISCC CORSIA supply chain handling sustainable material.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 204: Audit Requirements and Risk Management (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

This document lays down how to conduct audits under ISCC CORSIA, including adjusting audit intensity in accordance with the risk management process.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 205: Life Cycle Emissions (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

The intention of the document “Life Cycle Emissions” is to provide the methodology, rules and guidelines for calculating, reporting and verifying emissions reductions. The methodology described here is based on the ICAO Document “CORSIA Methodology for Calculating Actual Life Cycle Emissions Values” (2022). It further lays down the basic requirements for low LUC risk certification under ISCC CORSIA.

ISCC CORSIA System Document 206: Group Certification (v2.0, 18 December 2023)

This document specifies requirements for the certification of groups, including the principles for sampling.


ISCC CORSIA Guidance Document

ISCC CORSIA Guidance Document: Low Land Use Change (LUC) Risk Certification (v1.1, 17 March 2022)

Building on the requirements for low LUC risk certification under CORSIA laid down in ISCC CORSIA System document 205 (please see above), this guidance document provides additional guidance on eligible low LUC risk practices, their verification as well as on the general low LUC risk certification.

ISCC Solid Biomass NL

Please note that the ISCC EU System Documents also serve as system documents for the ISCC Solid Biomass NL scheme. The differences and requirements that are specific to ISCC Solid Biomass NL are described in this document which is an additional compulsory source of information to the ISCC EU System Documents for a certification under ISCC Solid Biomass NL.

System Document “ISCC Solid Biomass NL” (v1.2, 19 June 2019)

This document specifies ISCC requirements for sustainable solid biomass to be certified under the scheme ISCC Solid Biomass NL.

ISCC Japan FIT

The ISCC Japan FIT is a system of incentives for the production of renewable electricity in Japan which includes subsidies for the procurement of palm kernel shells and palm trunks.

ISCC Japan FIT System Document – Palm Kernel Shells and Palm Trunks (v1.1, April 2022)

This document specifies ISCC requirements for System Users producing, procuring and importing palm kernel shells and palm trunks into Japan under Japan’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) system.

ISCC Japan FIT: Principles and Criteria – Palm Kernel Shells and Palm Trunks (v.1.1, April 2022)

This document provides the respective ISCC Principles and Criteria that need to be complied with by the economic operators wanting to deliver their palm kernel shells and palm trunks into the Japanese market.

ISCC Japan FIT: Sustainable Palm Oil (v.1.0, March 2023)

This document specifies ISCC requirements for System Users producing, procuring and importing sustainable palm oil into Japan under Japan’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) system.

ISCC Japan FIT: Principles and Criteria – Sustainable Palm Oil (v.1.0, March 2023)

This document provides the respective ISCC Principles and Criteria that need to be complied with by the economic operators wanting to deliver sustainable palm oil into the Japanese market.

ISCC Non-GMO Food and Feed

ISCC for Non GMO Food and Feed

The objective of this document is to set requirements for a labelling of “NonGMO food and feed” products in accordance with the EC Genetic Engineering
Implementation Act §3a and 3b (EGGenTDurchfG). It is globally applicable.


ISCC Guidance Documents

The following documents shall provide further guidance for the certification of particular materials or processes. The guidance documents supplement the ISCC System Documents.  ISCC may adjust these guidance documents, especially to incorporate adjusted regulative requirements.

ISCC Guidance Document: Waste and Residues from Palm Oil Mills (v3.0)

Guidance Document for the Audit of Waste and Residues from Palm Oil Mills.

ISCC Guidance Document: Wastewater from ship transport (v1.0)

Guidance Document for the audit of wastewater from ship transport.

ISCC Guidance Document 202-9: Guidance for Algae Cultivation

Guidance Document for the Audit of Waste and Residues from Palm Oil Mills.

ISCC Guidance Document 201-5: Independent Smallholders

Guidance on the certification of Independent Smallholders.

ISCC Guidance Document 203-01: Co-Processing Requirements

Guidance on relevant requirements that must be fulfilled for the simultaneous co-processing of sustainable bio and fossil feedstocks to be in compliance with ISCC.

ISCC Guidance Document 201-6: Certification Process for wild collection of Shea

ISCC Guidance Document 201-1: Deliveries of Biofuels to Japan

Provision of guidelines for the certification of biofuel deliveries to Japan.

ISCC Guidance Document 260-01: Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)

Guidance on special provisions for short rotation coppice (SRC).

SCC CORSIA Guidance Document: Low Land Use Change (LUC) Risk Certification (v1.1, 17 March 2022)

Building on the requirements for low LUC risk certification under CORSIA laid down in ISCC CORSIA System document 205 (please see above), this guidance document provides additional guidance on eligible low LUC risk practices, their verification as well as on the general low LUC risk certification.


ISCC Add-On Documents

Add-ons to be Applied Voluntarily under ISCC

Add-on 202-03: SAI Gold

This document provides information on the extra steps system users that desire to achieve Sustainable Agriculture Initiative’s gold standard must follow, as it is beyond the current ISCC scope.


Add-on 205-01: GHG Emissions

Please see ISCC PLUS System Document.


Add-on 205-02: Consumables

The intention of this document is to designate relevant consumables of production processes and to provide a framework for an independent verification.


This document describes the requirements for supply chain elements, for which the requirements regarding production, supply and distribution of material considered for a Non GMO for Food & Feed certification, apply.


This document provides guidance on requirements for producers of non-GMO materials for receiving the ISCC certification of non-GMO for technical markets.


Add-on 205-06: Electricity and Heat from Biogas Plants

This document describes requirements for biogas plants, converting sustainable biomass into electricity and heat.


ISCC PLUS Add-on 202-07: Low ILUC-Risk Feedstock Certification