Accreditation of Certification Bodies under the MSPO Certification Scheme
Updated: Apr 19, 2018
Accreditation of Certification Bodies under the MSPO Certification Scheme and conversion of MSPO Certificates
Date: 28 September 2016
The Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) as the owner of the MSPO Certification Scheme has come to a decision on the requirements and procedures that shall be followed by Certification Bodies (CBs) intending to operate oil palm management certification under the Scheme against the requirements of the MSPO Standards.
The accreditation programme under the 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 (DSM), which is the national accreditation body. All CBs that are competent to carry out audits for MSPO certification must obtain accreditation from DSM 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.
So far, seven CBs [DQS CFS Certification (M), SGS (Malaysia), BSI Services Malaysia, SIRIM QAS International, Bureau Veritas Certification (M), TUV Nord (Malaysia) & Control Union (Malaysia)] have issued MSPO Certificates prior to the launch of the accreditation programme by DSM. These MSPO certificates are still regarded as valid MSPO certificates under the MSPO Certification Scheme. These seven CBs will now have to apply to DSM for accreditation by 30 June 2017 in order to carry out audits under the MSPO Certification Scheme. In the event that any of the CBs fail to apply for accreditation by 30 June 2017, the MSPO certificate holder will have to engage an accredited CB to conduct any surveillance or recertification audit of the certified entity.
Upon accreditation, the accredited CB shall sign a Notification Agreement and Logo Usage License Agreement with MPOCC. The accreditation of the MPOB-registered CBs by DSM will allow for the transfer of the above mentioned MSPO certificates to accredited certificates under the MSPO Certification Scheme, to gain broader recognition. The said MSPO certificates will have the original certificate validity period.
For the information of the CBs, to allow for the transfer of the current valid MSPO certificates to accredited MSPO certificates under the MSPO Certification Scheme, the accredited CB shall carry out the transfer based on its own internal procedures for transfer of certificates. Similarly, for the transfer of accredited MSPO certificates under the MSPO Certification Scheme, the IAF MD 2:2007 document applies and the accredited CB shall have its own internal procedures for transfer of certificates.
For further information on the above, kindly contact:
Contact person: Tan Kai Yuuen (Senior Executive)