Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

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

1. Updated and New ISCC Documents

ISCC EU List of Materials

Table 1 “Raw material”
The following raw materials were added/amended:

  • Fruit tree cuttings (from agriculture)
  • Waste starch slurry (now also waste starch slurry from the wet milling of corn can be accepted in the UK)
  • Waste slurry from the distillation of grain mixtures
  • Woody biomass fraction of non-recyclable industrial and municipal construction and demolition waste

Table 2 “Intermediate and final products”
The following products were added:

  • Karitene (Info: co-product from processing of shea oil)
  • Palm kernel oil

ISCC PLUS List of Materials

Table 1 “Raw material”
The following raw materials were added:

  • Basil
  • Lupine

Table 2 “Intermediate and final products”
The following products were added:

  • C4
  • Caprolactam
  • Circular diesel
  • Circular gasoline
  • Circular naphta
  • Ethylene-butyl acrylate (EBA)
  • Expandable Polystyrene
  • Fabrics/Scrims
  • Glycols
  • Masterbatches
  • Octene
  • PE (added again)
  • Plastic components/parts for FMCG (Fast moving consumer goods)
  • Polyols
  • Propylene Oxide
  • Pygas
  • Recycled carbon fuels
  • Tall oil (distilled)
  • Tall oil rosin
  • Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM)

Please note that both ISCC lists of materials can be amended. Please contact ISCC in case a material should be certified which is not yet on the list prior to the issuance of the certificate via

The current versions of the ISCC EU list of materials (as of 09 April 2020) and the ISCC PLUS list of materials (as of 09 April 2020) are available here in the client section of the ISCC website (login required).

ISCC Template for a LUC Statement and Biodiversity Assessment

ISCC developed a new template for certification bodies for statements on land-use change (LUC) and biodiversity assessments. If LUC after 2008 took place, certification bodies must provide a detailed explanation outlined in the template specifying how compliance with ISCC Principle 1 was verified. The evidence must be presented in accordance with the relevant requirements laid out in ISCC Document 202 ‘Sustainability Requirements’.

The template needs to be filled out by the auditor or responsible expert at the Certification Body and send to ISCC together with all certification documents. ISCC will evaluate the template and may request further information or evidence if required. Please note that ISCC always requires this template if the question on LUC after 2008 (00.07.06) was answered with yes for any audited farm/plantation (individually certified or part of a sample).

The template is available for certification bodies here in the client section of the ISCC website (login required).

2. Cancellation of Proofs of Sustainability and Sustainability Declarations

A recipient of a Proof of Sustainability (PoS) can generally trust in the correctness of the data received from certified suppliers and may sell the delivery to downstream customers. Once the PoS was ”used” by the recipient (i.e. forwarded, split up, merged), a cancellation of the original PoS is hardly possible anymore (also within Nabisy). Nabisy allows the cancellation of an incorrect Nabisy PoS under certain conditions. A database like Nabisy ensures that a PoS that was cancelled cannot be used anymore by downstream supply chain elements (no “double-accounting” of the PoS possible). If the incorrect PoS was cancelled from Nabisy, the final biofuel producer may issue a new PoS in Nabisy. It is not possible for downstream traders to issue a corrected Nabisy PoS.

If handled outside of Nabisy, there is no database guaranteeing that the sustainability is actually cancelled, and thus not used more than once. If the recipient has not ”used” the PoS and cancels the incorrect data from his mass balance, the supplier may issue a corrected “blue” PoS. To ensure that there is no “double-accounting” of the two Proofs, the certification body (CB) of the recipient must confirm that the false PoS was not used yet and that it was cancelled from the recipients mass balance. Only if the CB of the recipient confirms towards the supplier and his CB that the PoS was cancelled, a correction would be possible. The CB of the supplier shall also document a non-conformity in the audit procedure of the supplier (providing incorrect data to recipients).

This procedure applies equally for the cancellation of Sustainability Declarations outside of Nabisy.

3. New Online Training for Waste and Residues

In the light of ISCC’s efforts to increase the security of high-risk supply chains, including waste and residues supply chains, ISCC has developed a new waste and residues training. It aims to raise awareness for risks and challenges in waste and residues supply chains, how to tackle those challenges, and to convey profound knowledge about additional and specific requirements for the ISCC certification of such materials.

Starting from 01 January 2021, the successful completion of the training will be a prerequisite for the audit and certification of waste and residue supply chains, i.e. auditors who conduct audits according to the ISCC waste and residue process are asked to successfully complete this training by 31 December 2020. It will be offered as a half-day webinar with a subsequent online test which must be successfully completed within 30 days after the webinar. Please find below the training dates for 2020:

  • 13 May 2020, 9:00 – 14:00 CET
  • 27 May 2020, 9:00 – 14:00 CET
  • 10 June 2020, 13:00 – 18:00 CET
  • 22 September 2020, 13:00 – 18:00 CET
  • 08 October 2020, 9:00 – 14:00 CET

You can register for the waste and residues training here on the ISCC website. Further information about the training including the agenda will follow shortly.

Though we welcome every interested party to register for the training, please note that, due to limited capacities for trainings offered in calendar year 2020, priority will be given to registrants from cooperating certification bodies to fulfill their obligation.