REAL's Compost Certification Scheme Rules
REAL reviews, updates and publishes a revised version of its Compost Certification Scheme rules when necessary. Updates can be triggered by industry development, changes to PAS 100 and Quality Protocol documents, new legislation and amendment of legislation, and other factors.
This latest version of our scheme rules is Issue 1 Revision 6, which was issued on 20th September 2012 and is downloadable from HERE.
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.
This latest version of the rules 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 include a section applicable to compost producers and another section applicable to the certification bodies who assess them.
The rules have been reviewed and endorsed by REAL's Compost Certification Technical Advisory Committee which includes regulators in the countries of the United Kingdom, compost producers, WRAP, REAL's contracted certification bodies, a laboratories representative and other stakeholders.
Please note that we are currently drafting the next revision of the scheme rules and will send the finalised, issued version to producers on the scheme, regulators, laboratories and other key stakeholders later this year.
This webpage last updated: 18/06/2013
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