18 September 2017

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We herewith inform you about updates and clarifications of the ISCC System. Please share this information with all relevant members of staff.

1. Release APS and Summary Audit Report

We are happy to inform you that today the new version of APS (Audit Procedure System) has been launched.

The new APS (v.3.0) is available as download in the client section of the ISCC website (login required).

The updated APS has exactly the same content as version 3.2 of the ISCC Audit Procedures that have to be applied since 1 September 2017. This means, that the new APS contains the updated GHG requirements (reflecting the adjusted GHG methodology), as well as some adjustments in wording based on feedback received by system users, auditors and certification bodies.

The most relevant feature of the new APS is that it can generate the Summary Audit Report automatically and without any additional paper work.

The Summary Audit Report will become mandatory for all audits conducted from 16 October 2017.  
The Summary Audit Report has to be issued by the certification body and has to be provided to ISCC together with the other certification documents. The report will then be made available on the ISCC website on the list of certificates.

Further information on the Summary Audit Report are available in the client section and CB section of the ISCC website, including a template of the report. Please note that the formatting of this template (v.3.1) has been amended slightly to properly cover all relevant information.

2. Requirement to inform ISCC about Change of CB for Certification

Please be kindly reminded that ISCC has to be informed immediately about changes to the registration of a company, especially it is crucial information such as the change of the certification body.
This is of particular importance as “ISCC is entitled to define specific conditions for the re-certification which are suitable for preventing future non-conformities or for ensuring future compliance with the ISCC requirements“ (see ISCC System Document 102 „Governance“). In order for ISCC to inform the new CB about specific conditions that may be applicable for the recertification of a company, ISCC must be informed about the change of CB prior to the audit.

Please note the following: If ISCC was not informed by the new CB or the company about the change of the CB prior to the audit, ISCC may not accept the certificate if during the audit specific conditions imposed by ISCC were not taken into account.

3. Waste/Residues Materials: Self-Declarations only signed by Points of Origin

We herewith point out that economic operators which are not points of origin of waste or processing residues material are not allowed to issue self-declarations for waste/residues materials and provide this material as sustainable to certified collecting points.

Self-declarations can only be issued and signed by points of origin of waste/residues material, i.e. operations where the waste or residue occurs. This can be, for example restaurants, food processors, rendering plants, etc. Any other economic operators that e.g. only collect waste/residues material from points of origin must not issue self-declarations.
When auditing a collecting point it must be ensured that all available self-declarations are provided and signed by genuine points of origin. If material is provided with self-declarations signed by not eligible parties, this is a severe infringement of the ISCC requirements.

Please see the ISCC System Documents for further information

4. Updated List of Materials Eligible for ISCC EU Certification

ISCC has updated the ISCC list of materials. Bio Marine Fuel was added to the intermediate and final products (table 2).

The updated list of materials is available in the client section of the ISCC website.

5. Clarification of Wording of Risk Factors

Based on feedback from stakeholders we would like to clarify the wording of the Risk Factors that are to be applied for ISCC certification. Under ISCC the risk for conducting audits is classified according to one of the three risk levels regular risk, medium risk and high risk.

ISCC would like to clarify that the level “regular” has to be applied if the risk assessment conducted by the certification body identifies a low risk for the auditee.

Please see the ISCC System Document 204 “Audit Requirements and Risk Management” for detailed information on conducting risk assessments under ISCC and applying appropriate risk levels for audits.

6. ISCC Trainings – Forthcoming Dates

ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training
20 – 21 November 2017, Cologne, Germany

ISCC EU and PLUS Basic Training
14 – 16 November 2017, Shanghai, China
22 – 24 January 2018, Cologne, Germany
07 – 09 March 2018, Bogotá, Colombia

Click here for further information and registration.