What to certify
Processes, Products and Consumer Services.
Why Certify and What Certification Is For
Because an IPS Certificate is a guarantee that the certified processes or products meet our sustainability requirements, which examine renewability, biodegradability and recyclability in the various phases of the production process and the materials that go into the products (IPS Reference). You get assurance that certified processes and consumer products are designed to be safe and healthy throughout their life cycle.
How to certify
The certification procedure takes place in the following stages:
1. The applicant for certification files an application with the IPS. The IPS then studies the viability of the applicant’s operational processes, depending on how thoroughly the applicant meets certain prerequisites.
2. The IPS then submits a certification offer application form to the IPS technical services.
3. The technical services draw up a financial offer defining what scope will be covered, how long their audit will last, what visits will be made to the applicant’s facilities and how the members of the auditing team will be appointed.
4. This offer is sent to the applicant. If the applicant accepts it, the IPS proceeds to plan the audit. The date and place are decided on at this time.
5. The team makes its audit report evaluating the applicant’s compliance with all the requirements set in the IPS Reference.
6. If the audit is satisfactory and it is decided that the applicant has earned certification, the IPS issues a Product/Process/Service Sustainability Certificate to the applicant.
Who Does the Certifying
Certification is done by the Institute for Sustainable Production, which acts on the auditing team’s decision.