The first step in the certification process is to apply for certification here. An agreement is then signed between the label user and the standard owner. Audit is performed by a hired certification body. If there are deviations during the audit, the operator must send in evidence of measures taken. These are first evaluated by the certification body and then by the standard owner, after which a decision is made on certification or if the measures are not sufficient. In cases where measures need to be evaluated on site, a follow-up visit is made. If the label user does not submit evidence of measures taken within a given time frame or if evidence received of measures is deemed insufficient, the result of the audit will be rejected, and a new audit needs to be carried out.
When the measures taken have been approved, certification is obtained. A new audit is planned for next year.
The certification process is presented in the following flow chart: