1.How long does it take to receive a certificate?
This highly depends on what you already have in place and how quickly you can prepare for the audit. Please contact a cooperation certification body first and discuss their availabilty with them. Under ISCC rules, CBs have a maximum of 60 days to issue the certificate from the day that the audit is completed.
2.How long do I have to store my records?
Please refer to ISCC System Document 203 – Traceability and Chain of Custody.
3.How many certificates do I need? Do I need to register each operational site separately?
The certificates are site specific, which means that per legal entity and per location one certificate is necessary. Under this certificate several inputs / outputs, raw material categories and market activities (processing, storing, etc.) can be covered. For each operational site that shall get certified, an individual registration form needs to be submitted.
4.My certificate hasn’t been published on the ISCC website yet, when can I begin selling material?
Your certificate is valid from the date of issue, so it is permitted to handle sustainable material once you receive your certificate from the certification body, even if it hasn’t been published on the ISCC website yet.