Certification bodies told to adhere to MSPO accreditation requirements

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) will not compromise with any relevant certification body that failed to adhere to the requirements under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme.

The requirements under the scheme, which was made mandatory in 2020, were set by Standards Malaysia Department (Standards Malaysia) and MPOCC.

MPOCC chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng in a statement yesterday said it was important to ensure that all certification bodies and auditors who conduct audits under the MSPO Certification Scheme are competent to carry out credible, independent and consistent audits.

“Compliance with MSPO standards is an essential component of the management system for sustainable management and production of certified palm oil.

“These standards were developed through consultation with key stakeholders and related groups, and are approved by Standards Malaysia, ” he said.

The MSPO Standards, namely the MS 2530:2013 series of standards, were issued by Standards Malaysia, and the MSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard, by MPOCC.

The scheme aims to ensure responsible and sustainable production by oil palm smallholdings, plantations and palm oil processing facilities, as well as transparency and traceability. — Bernama

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