ACCREDITATION OF CERTIFICATION BODIES

 

All Certification Bodies that are competent to carry out MSPO certification must first be accredited with the Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA), which is the national Accreditation Body (AB).  This is necessary to ensure that certification bodies that conduct audits under the MSPO Certification Scheme are competent to carry out credible and consistent audits.

 

The STANDARDS MALAYSIA accreditation system is based on an international accreditation system as outlined in MS ISO/IEC 17011 for the Accreditation of Certification Bodies (ACB) to ensure that the accreditation services provided are impartial, non-discriminatory, credible and satisfy the requirements of the MSPO Certification Scheme with regard to their knowledge and experience related to oil palm management certification or supply chain certification. 

 

To obtain accreditation, certification bodies have to comply with the requirements of ISO 17021-Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management system or ISO 17065-Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

 

Certification bodies accredited by DSM will have to be notified by MPOCC to become eligible to conduct independent compliance audits under the MSPO Certification Scheme.

 

Interested organisations intending to provide certification service under the MSPO Certification Scheme managed by MPOCC are invited to submit an application to STANDARDS MALAYSIA to be accredited.  For more information, please go to www.standardsmalaysia.gov.my

 

 

Date: 15 May 2019

To support Standards Malaysia's accreditation schemes, the Government offers tax incentives in the form of tax deductions. The tax deduction is applicable for all programmes operated by Standards Malaysia under its various accreditation schemes.

As quoted from Department of Standards Malaysia website http://www.jsm.gov.my/tax-benefits#.XNkMyo4zbIW and reproduced below:

  • ‘Under paragraph 34(6)(ma), Income Tax Act 1967, companies are entitled to claim double deduction for expenditure incurred for the purposes of obtaining certification for recognised quality systems and standards from a certification body as determined by the Minister of Finance. They are also responsible in maintaining copies of accredited certificates and copies of payment receipts of the costs imposed by the Standards Malaysia accredited Certification Body (CB) in obtaining certification for their system.’

 

For certified entity that have chosen a certification body that is no longer listed under 'Accredited Certification Bodies' or 'Other Certification Bodies' which undergoing accreditation process, kindly select an accredited CB for the next upcoming audit i.e initial, recertification or surveillance audit.

Meanwhile, certified entity that previously engaged a CB that has yet to be accredited, you may select an accredited CB for the next upcoming audit i.e initial, recertification or surveillance audit.

Please find updated list of CBs at https://www.mpocc.org.my/certification-bodies

Any complaints or grievances dealing with Certification Body shall be lodged to Department of Standards Malaysia, pegawaiacb@jsm.gov.my

Date: 26 November 2018

With reference to the announcement made on 8th September 2017 that exemption of MSPO Stage 1 Audit can be considered by the Certification Body (CB) for clients having other internationally recognised sustainability schemes [e.g. RSPO, RSB and ISCC], the CB shall ensure that there are procedures in place to allow such exemption. The exemption is allowed until 31 December 2018 in conjunction with the mandatory timeline given for entities with other recognised sustainability schemes.

 

Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) as an Accreditation Body is required to adhere to the International Standard (FDIS) ISO/IEC 17011:2017 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies whereby Clause 4.6.2 states that “The accreditation body shall ensure that any guidance, application or normative documents it uses have been developed by committee or persons possessing the necessary competence and with participation of appropriate interested parties. These documents shall not contradict or exclude any of the requirements included in the relevant international standard and/or other normative documents.”

 

As a signatory to regional and international mutual recognition arrangements, Standards Malaysia needs to comply with internationally recognised standards. Sustainable schemes such as RSPO, RSB and ISCC are not recognised by Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) of which Standards Malaysia is a signatory to.

 

With the above, certification bodies audited by Standards Malaysia under ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Management Systems requires CB to adhere to Clause 9.1.3.2 which clearly states that an initial certification shall include a two-stage audit, Stage 1 and Stage 2. Additionally, CB shall comply with the requirements stipulated in the Accreditation of Certification Bodies - Oil Palm Management Certification (ACB-OPMC) published by Standards Malaysia.

 

For further information on the above, kindly contact:

Department of Standards Malaysia (Accreditation Division)

Tel: +603-8318 0002

Email: pegawaiacb@jsm.gov.my

 

Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC)

Tel: +603 2181 0192

Email: yuuen@mpocc.org.my

Date: 8 September 2017

 

The Accreditation Programme under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme, Requirements for the Accreditation of Certification Bodies Operating Oil Palm Management Certification under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme, was launched on 1 June 2016 by the Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia), which is the national accreditation body.  All Certification Bodies (CBs) that are competent to carry out audits for MSPO certification must obtain accreditation from Standards Malaysia under this programme. This is necessary to ensure that CBs conducting audits under the MSPO Certification Scheme are competent to carry out credible and consistent audits.

 

To further strengthen the Accreditation of Certification Bodies (ACB) under the MSPO Scheme, a new set of ACB documents has been published by Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) on 1 August 2017.  The new set of ACB documents, called ACB-OPMC series replaces and cancels the ACB-MSPO (Issue 1, 8 December 2015) that was launched on 1 June 2016.  The latest ACB-OPMC series available at Standards Malaysia website:

 

http://www.jsm.gov.my/acb-publication#.Wa-subIjE9D are as below:

 

  1. ACB-OPMC 1: Competency Requirements for Certification Bodies Operating Oil Palm Management Certification Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme

  2. ACB-OPMC 2: Audit Duration for Certification Bodies Operating Oil Palm Management Certification Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme

  3. ACB-OPMC 3: Peer Review Process Requirements for Certification Bodies Operating Oil Palm Management Certification Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme

  4. ACB-OPMC 4: Stakeholder Consultation Requirements for Certification Bodies Operating Oil Palm Management Certification Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme

 

In addition to the above, up until 31 December 2018, exemption of MSPO Stage 1 Audit can be considered by the Certification Body for clients having other internationally recognised sustainability schemes, e.g. RSPO, RSB and ISCC. However, the CB shall ensure that there are procedures in place to allow such exemption.

Latest Update as of 16 July 2019: 

Transfer of non accredited certificate to accredited CB

(IAF MD 2:2017) is not allowed starting 1 Jan 2019 with reference to the announcement dated 26 November 2018.