How it WORKS
The CERA 4in1 system brings together four consecutive standards under one certification scheme, with each considering a different aspect and stage of the raw materials value chain while building on each other. CERA 4in1 certification addresses Readiness, Performance, Chain of Custody and Final Product.
Under CERA 4in1, applicant value chain actors apply to the CERA 4in1 Association for candidacy and in pursuit of certification for their exploration, processing or handling of raw materials. Applicants’ existing performance is audited and compared to the relevant CERA 4in1 criteria with a gap analysis identifying areas in which performance does not meet the CERA 4in1 standard requirements. CERA 4in1 candidates can work with consultants to improve processes to meet the CERA 4in1 standard requirements and following a final on-site audit a CERA 4in1 certificate can be issued.
CERA 4in1’s certification will be hosted on a public ledger which allows third-parties to verify the validity of any CERA 4in1 certificate attached to documents, processes or raw materials. CERA 4in1 will operate a Hybrid database model. This model combines a public and a classified database, with detailed information about documents, processes, price and materials accessible only to certificate owners and business users via blockchain technology; whilst public access will be limited only to validate certificates.
CERA 4in1 Roles
To enshrine expertise, independence and impartiality at each stage of the CERA 4in1 certification process, several parties are involved in how CERA 4in1’s standards are defined, measured and audited.
The CERA 4in1 Association owns the CERA 4in1 standards and is responsible for the standard set-up, training, revisions and administration. The Association publishes lists of CERA 4in1 candidates, CERA 4in1-certified organisations, and nominates the accreditation bodies, registers consultants and certification bodies, and is responsible for issuing CERA 4in1 certificates and labels. The CERA 4in1 Association will be established during 2020.
The Accreditation Body is responsible for accreditation, surveillance and re-accreditation of certification bodies, granting authority to perform certification audits under the CERA 4in1 standards.
The Certification Body certifies if all rules, requirements and implementation details of the respective CERA 4in1 standard are met. It communicates the result of its certification of a CERA 4in1 candidate to the CERA 4in1 Association.
Where gaps from analysis are identified in the course of assessement, CERA 4in1 Candidates may require additional advice or guidance on meeting the CERA 4in1 standard and can work with consultants. Consultants interested in offering their services to CERA 4in1 candidates or CERA 4in1 certified organisations can register with the CERA 4in1 Association.
CERA 4in1 candidates include any organisation requesting certification under the CERA 4in1 certification scheme. Prospective candidates signal their request for certification to the CERA 4in1 Association by letter of intent, stating its intention to fulfil the CERA 4in1 standards criteria within one year of application. If a CERA 4in1 candidate cannot show compliance with all relevant CERA 4in1 requirements within one year, it loses the CERA 4in1 candidate status. Following completion of the certification process, successful candidates are awarded a CERA 4in1 certificate and may communicate this status with a CERA 4in1 label. In case of the Chain of Custody, the material in question rather than the company, is awarded the CERA 4in1 label.