Transparent and independent
The BIOmasud® certification follows a third-party certification scheme in this way it is guaranteed a transparent and independent system.
Below we summarize the steps needed to get certified.
Step 1: Initial application
Contact the national licenser * and fill in the application form indicating the characteristics of the factory or distribution center. Later the company will receive a set of documents that specify in detail what the system consists of (BIOmasud® manual, requirements, recommendations guides, etc.).
* National licenser is the entity that manages the BIOmasud® certification in a country. In Spain AVEBIOM, Portugal (CBE), in Italy AIEL, Greece (CERTH), Slovenia (SFI). Any producer or marketer can obtain the seal through these entities. Outside these countries, a producer or marketer who wishes to obtain the seal must deal directly with the Biomasud coordinating entity, which is currently AVEBIOM.
Step 2: registered certification entities
The interested company contacts the inspection body *, the testing body ** (usually the inspection body facilitates the contact) and the certification entity*** to request the budget for the audit, which will submit an offer to the company that will collect the following three aspects: documentary audit / factory process, analysis of the sample by an accredited laboratory and costs of issuing the certificate.
* Inspection body. They are registered inspection bodies that must be accredited according to EN ISO 17020. The scope of accreditation must be accepted by the BIOmasud® and they contact data will be published on the website.
** Test body. They are organizations that must be accredited according to the EN ISO 17025 standards for each parameter. Only inspection and testing bodies that are registered will be accepted for certification within the BIOmasud® system.
*** Certification entity. It is the entity that issues the certificate. Check that the audit report and analysis meet the system requirements, ensuring the independence of the certification system. On some occasions, the inspection body may coincide with the certification body. It must fulfill the requirements of the EN 45011 standard.
Step 3: Initial Inspection
An audit in the factory or distribuition center is carried out and samples are taken (in the case of producers) to be sent to the chosen accredited laboratory. This shipment must be made from the company and within the time during which the documentary audit takes place, in the presence of the auditors.
The laboratory will send the results to the auditing entity who will send the laboratory report and the document / process audit report to the certifying entity (to be determined) which will issue a final report with the audit information and will send it to the company and the entities involved.
Step 4: Certification
Finally, if the result of the report issued in step 3 is positive, the certifying entity will issue the certificate.