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ENplus revision completed: here are the new certification documents

From AIEL all the news brought by the revision of the pellet certification scheme

From AIEL all the news brought by the revision of the pellet certification scheme

On its online portal, AIEL has announced that with the publication of the new certification documents, which introduce profound changes in the product and process requirements of certified pellets, the ENplus revision, the world's number one pellet quality scheme that certifies about 80% of the pellets used in the domestic/premium segment in Europe, has officially come to an end.

The old ENplus manual is being retired and replaced by three separate ENplus Standards:

  • ENplus ST 1001: Requirements for Companies;
  • ENplus ST 1002: Requirements for Certification and Testing Bodies;
  • ENplus ST 1003: Requirements for the use of the ENplus registered trademark.

Following the revision, the same requirements will apply to big bags as to loose pellets. Companies purchasing, handling and reselling big bags will have to carefully consider whether they need to obtain their own ENplus certification, in order to avoid a break in the certified chain.

Furthermore, in order to ensure easier identification of the causes of any non-compliant products, certified companies will need to strengthen the traceability of their bulk pellet suppliers.

Finally, bag graphics will have to include a serial number that allows identification of the company that packed the pellets, the date and the bagging line.

New pellet parameters and self-monitoring

New pellet parameters and self-monitoring

A company with several sites can now benefit from a single multi-site certification.

In line with the revision of the technical standard ISO 17225-2, already in force since June 2021, the analysis of pellets will be extended to three new parameters: particle density, amount of coarse fine particles and amount of pellets with a length of less than 10 mm.

New, more detailed requirements have also been introduced in connection with the company's self-monitoring activities, both of the production process and of the pellet loading and packaging stages.

Transparent governance

Transparent governance

The revision also introduces a higher level of credibility to the ENplus scheme by providing for the accreditation process of the scheme itself and requiring Certification Bodies to obtain specific accreditation for their ENplus operations.

The introduction of a 'Certification Integrity Programme' will make it possible to systematically evaluate the performance of Certification Bodies. Inspectors will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of the forest sector and their experience, skills and competencies.

Finally, the introduction of the 'ENplus Scheme Management Integrity Programme' aims to clarify the rights, roles and responsibilities of the scheme's governing bodies, including the National ENplus Offices, by providing for internal and external audits of their performance.

The revised standards will enter into force on 01 January 2023. All new certificates issued after this date will already have to comply with the new certification requirements.

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