REAL's Compost Certification Scheme Rules
Triggered by developments in industry and changes to PAS 100 and Quality Protocol documents, REAL reviews, updates and publishes a revised version of its Compost Certification Scheme rules when necessary.
REAL's Compost Certification Scheme Rules (Issue 1 Revision 4) are downloadable from HERE. Please note that this version is aligned to the old 'Compost Quality Protocol' 2010 edition (the version in force prior to the release of the Compost Quality Protocol 2012).
REAL's Compost Certification Scheme Rules (Issue 1 Revision 5) have became superceded by Issue 1 Revision 6 on 20th September 2012. This latest I1R6 version is downloadable from HERE and incorporates a derogation mechanism for source-segregated biodegradable wastes that are not included in CQP Appendix B but which are assessed by REAL and the regulator(s) as being of suitable technical quality and likely to be added to CQP Appendix B next time it is reviewed.
The rules have been reviewed and updated in response to requests for clarification of Compost Quality Protocol and PAS 100 requirements as well as the scheme's previous rules. REAL has sought to provide a suitable and robust scheme framework given the continued diversification of the composting industry and increased participation in this scheme.
Covering rules for producers and the certification bodies who assess them, the scheme rules have been reviewed and endorsed by REAL's Compost Certification Technical Advisory Committee which includes the regulator, compost producers, WRAP, the certification bodies and other stakeholders.
These rules have been reviewed and endorsed by the Certification Technical Advisory Committee which includes the regulator, compost producers, WRAP, the certification bodies and other stakeholders.
Some sections of the rules specifically refer to rules which shall be complied with by the compost producers registered on the REAL's Certification Scheme; some other sections refer to those rules that have to be met by the appointed certification bodies.
Jeremy Jacobs, Managing Director of REAL, commented "The rules make clearer how independent certification of compliance with PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol is assessed. It is imperative that any producer who signs up to this voluntary scheme follows its rules, bolstering confidence that all participants are playing on an even playing field”. Jacobs went on to say "Quality assurance is at the heart of this scheme and must be maintained if we are to increase growth and confidence in this well established and nationally recognized certification scheme for quality composts”.
Last update: 20/09/2012
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