Malaysia sets timeline for MSPO certification compliance

KUALA LUMPUR: On Friday, the Malaysian government made a timeline proposal with regard to the compliance of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification in stages.

The timeline for oil palm plantation entities that are already certified against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards will need to be certified against MSPO standard by Dec 31, 2018.

For oil palm entities without RSPO certification, the timeline to be MSPO certified is by June 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, the timeline for independent and organised smallholders to be fully certified under the MSPO certification scheme is by Dec 31, 2019.

The government will be making available financial incentives to support the industry with the MSPO certification compliance processes.

The aim of the set timeline is to expedite the implementation and in doing so to elevate the industry to the next level of branding Malaysian palm oil set against the MSPO sustainability standards.

The MSPO certification scheme was launched in January 2015. The scheme is implemented by the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC), an independent organisation set up in October 2015. Since then, the MSPO certification has been on a voluntary basis.

As of January 2017, the total planted area certified under MSPO is 221,575.14 ha covering the three regions of Malaysia i.e. Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak.

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+60 3-2181 0192. -end- About MPOCC MPOCC is an independent non-profit organisation established in December 2014 to develop and operate the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme. Incorporated as a company under the Companies Act 1965, it is limited by guarantee. MPOCC is governed by a Board of Trustees and started its operation in October 2015.