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ISCC audit procedures

The ISCC audit procedures are compulsory for auditors. ISCC checklists can be found in the client section

The ISCC audit procedures are based on the requirements laid down in the ISCC System Documents. The auditor must complete the audit procedures to prove evidence of compliance of a system user with the requirements. The procedures should be used by system users to prepare for the audit as well as for mandatory internal audits.

ISCC EU

The audit procedure „Farm/Plantation“ has to be applied for individual certifications of farms or plantations and sample audits of farms/plantations in the framework of the certification of a First Gathering Point or Central Office.
The audit procedure „Point of Origin (waste and residues)“ has to be applied for individual certifications of points of origin and for sample audits of points of origins in the framework of the certification of a Collecting Point.
The audit procedure „Chain of Custody“ has to be applied for audits of First Gathering Points, Central Offices, Collecting Points, Processing Units, Logistic Centres, individually certified storage facilities (Warehouses), and Traders, as well as for sample audits of external storage facilities and dependent collecting points. For sample audits, one procedure has to be completed for each audit.

All procedures contain chapters on Basic Data, Management System, Traceability, Mass Balance and GHG Emissions. Sub-chapters contain further requirements that may be only relevant for specific types of operations.

It is strongly recommended to carefully read the guidelines provided in each audit procedure, and to ensure that for all relevant scopes of certificates all applicable requirements are checked.

  • Audit procedure (v3.1) “Farm/Plantation”
    English French
  • Audit procedure (v3.1) “Point of Origin (waste and residues)”
    English
  • Audit procedure (v3.1) “Chain of Custody”
    English Spanish

 

Note: The new Audit Procedures (v3.2) are now available and must be applied for ISCC EU audits as of 01 September 2017. An earlier application is possible.

The Audit Procedures contain the updated GHG requirements reflecting the adjusted GHG methodology that must be implemented by 01 September 2017. Furthermore, feedback from System Users and Certification Bodies regarding formatting and wording issues has been taken into account.

  • Audit procedure (v3.2) “Farm/Plantation”
    English
  • Audit procedure (v3.2) “Point of Origin (waste and residues)”
    English
  • Audit procedure (v3.2) “Chain of Custody”
    English

The ISCC checklists can be found in the client section of the ISCC website.

ISCC PLUS

  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Farm/Plantation”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS 202-01 procedure “Farm Environmental Management and Biodiversity”
    English German
  • ISCC PLUS 202-02 procedure “Farm Classified Chemicals”
    English German
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Point of origin”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “First Gathering Point”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Central Office”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Collecting Point waste/residues”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Warehouses/Suppliers”
    English
  • ISCC PLUS procedure “Conversion Unit”
    English

ISCC DE

  • ISCC DE procedure “Farm/Plantation”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “First Gathering Point”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Conversion Unit”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Biogas Plants”
    German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Warehouses/Suppliers”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Point of Origin waste/residue”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “First Gathering Point waste/residue”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Conversion Unit waste/residue”
    English German
  • ISCC DE procedure “Warehouses/Suppliers waste/residue”
    English German

The ISCC checklists can be found in the client section of the ISCC website.

ISCC Summary Audit Report

Introduction

ISCC is continuously engaged in improving the certification system. This also includes the enhancement of the transparency of ISCC.

As one crucial measure to enhancing the transparency, ISCC is introducing summary audit reports for all ISCC certified system users that will be made publicly available on the ISCC website. Currently, system users can agree on a voluntary basis if the audit reports that are completed by the certification body during the audit will be uploaded on the ISCC website. Since these reports often contain sensitive company information, many system users have opted against a publication. ISCC received feedback from various stakeholders, including NGOs, that the publication of summary audit reports would be very important in terms of improving ISCC’s transparency.

The template of a summary audit report was developed in a multi-stakeholder process. At the General Assembly of the ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) in 2016 the members agreed to set up a “Working Group Transparency”. The objective of this working group was to elaborate a template for a summary audit report to serve a better transparency of ISCC whilst ensuring the need to protect sensitive company internal information.

20 members of ISCC e.V. representing all stakeholder groups participated in the working group and provided their valuable and insightful input to compile a proposal of the summary audit report. The proposal was shared with the ISCC e.V. Board as well as with all other ISCC e.V. members before it was finally presented at the ISCC e.V. General Assembly 2017.

Download of the template of the summary audit report

Content and application

The summary audit report shall provide an overview on relevant aspects and results of the audit of a certified ISCC system user. The report shall not contain confidential or business sensitive information or data. All information relevant for the report are verified during audits already today, so no additional information will be requested.
The following topics are covered in the report:

  • Information on the certification body and the audit team
  • Information on the system user and audit process; including risk assessment and a summary of activities and audit results

The summary audit report will be compiled by the certification body based on the ISCC audit procedures that have to be used during audits. The certification body will send the report to ISCC, together with the other relevant certification documents. After reviewing the documents ISCC will publish the certificate and the summary audit report on the ISCC website.

With the application of the APS (Audit Procedure System) Tool, the certification body can generate the summary audit report automatically from the tool (no extra paper work required).

Implementation

For all ISCC audits taking place after 16 October 2017

The summary audit report will be published (as pdf) on the ISCC website together with the already available information on ISCC certificates. The summary audit report has to be prepared for all issued certificates (ISCC EU, ISCC PLUS and ISCC DE and for all scopes). The report has to be compiled for all audits conducted after 16 October 2017.