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The RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) endorsed the Cote d’Ivoire National Interpretation (NI) document on 23 April 2019. This NI is based on the RSPO P&C 2013.
The NI was developed by a working group with balanced representation from all RSPO stakeholder groups within Cote d’Ivoire. The working group held numerous physical meetings prior to finalising the document. In keeping with international best practices, public consultations were held as part of creating awareness and getting feedback on the document, as well as pilot testing conducted in the region.
Prior to endorsement by the BoG, the document was reviewed by the RSPO Secretariat and members of the RSPO Standards & Certification Standing Committee (S&CSC).
The endorsed document is effective immediately. Certification bodies (CBs) and RSPO member companies are strongly encouraged to start using this NI for any new audits, as well as annual surveillance audits (ASAs). It is compulsory for all audits and ASAs carried out after the date of this announcement to follow the NI.
The Cote d’Ivoire NI is available here.
Do take note as well that the RSPO P&C 2018 will be fully enforced in November 2019.