What are the benefits
of RTRS certification?
▶ It is a management tool and a sustainable strategy globally recognized and applicable worldwide.
▶ Applicable to the production of soy for multiple purposes: human consumption, animal feed, biofuels.
▶ Available for producers of any kind and size: individual or group certification.
▶ A solution for global sustainability goals: markets committed to responsible supply chains.
▶ It is a credible tool that ensures process transparency: a rigorous and robust verification and certification system. Audits are conducted by independent Certification Bodies, which are in turn audited by recognized Accreditation Bodies.
▶ It ensures that soy is produced in environmentally-correct, socially-appropriate and economically-viable process, deforestation and conversion-free.
The RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production is a holistic certification scheme including five principles and 106 mandatory and progressive compliance indicators:
· Legal Compliance and Good Business Practices
· Responsible Labor Conditions
· Responsible Community Relations
· Environmental Responsibility
· Good Agricultural Practices
Ensures zero deforestation and zero conversion soy production.
RTRS Certification for Responsible Soy Production is valid for 5 years with mandatory annual surveillance audits.
Chain of Custody for producers
The Chain of Custody Requirements for Producers module is an annex to the RTRS production Standard, which enables producers to sell their certified product through the physical flow (Country Material Balance, Mass Balance or Segregation systems).
By 2020 it mandatory for all RTRS certified producers to include in the audit the Chain of Custody Requirements for Producers.
Non-GMO for producers
RTRS offers non-GMO soy certification since 2011. To certify non-GMO soy, producers must certify against the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production and, additionally, in compliance with Module D of the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard for non-GMO soy.At the same time, since 2018, RTRS certified producers can access non-GMO RTRS Credits, also certifying their soy production against non-GMO RTRS Standard for Producers. This model enables the market to support production of non-GMO soy through the purchase of RTRS non-GMO credits without obtaining any physical non-GMO soy.
Biofuels for producers
Producers certified against the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production have the possibility to be certified under EU RED scope according to the requirements established in RTRS EU RED Compliance Requirements for Producers in order to access the European biofuel market. RTRS scheme is recognized by the European Commission – Renewable Energy Directive
Chain of Custody
Chain of Custody
The RTRS Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard describes the requirements for the different traceability systems an organization can implement to keep control of RTRS-certified material inventories, either soybeans or soy byproducts.
It can be applied across the entire supply chain and it is mandatory for organization wishing to receive, process and trade RTRS soy.
Country Material Balance
Operators certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard can apply the RTRS National Mass Balance Module for Chain of Custody which allows them to centralize accounting of RTRS or RTRS Non-GMO soy, soy derivatives and soy products over a number of physical production sites in one single accounting system (inputs and outputs of RTRS data from different certified physical sites).
This module is to be used where an organization operates a number of farms with storage capacity, silos, crushing facilities, storage sites, etc. within a given country.
Operators certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard can certify under this system applying the Chain of Custody Module A - Mass Balance which allows them to maintain separate accounting systems, through which they ensure that the delivered volumes of RTRS-certified soy or derived products correspond to the volumes of RTRS-certified soy or derived products entering their unit.
Operators certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard can be certified under the Chain of Custody Module B - Segregation.
With this certification, operators can guarantee that soy from one or more RTRS-certified facilities is kept physically separate from other sources of non-RTRS-certified soy across the entire supply chain.
No-GMO Chain of Custody requirements
RTRS offers non-GMO soy certification since 2011. In addition to certifying against the RTRS Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard , the entire supply chain will be able to certify under the non-GMO scope, as required in RTRS Chain of Custody - Module D non-GMO.
Biofuels Chain of Custody requirements
Organizations certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard can be EU RED certified in accordance to RTRS EU RED Compliance Requirements for the Supply Chain. In this way, EU RED-certified supply chains can export soy to any European Union member state as a raw material for biofuels.
The RTRS scheme is recognized by the European Commission – Renewable Energy Directive.
RTRS & GMP+Feed Responsibility Assurance
RTRS and GMP+ International have entered into a collaboration agreement, whereby organizations certified for
– MI 5.1 Production and Trade of RTRS soy (GMP+ Feed Certification scheme 2020); or
– GMP+ MI101 Production and Trade of RTRS soy (GMP+ Feed Certification scheme 2010)
are considered certified equivalent to the RTRS Chain of Custody certification.
The above mentioned standards have been created to complete the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance certification implemented by many feed companies.
Available documentation can be found at the GMP+ International website
I want to get certified
Your questions about certification or comments are most welcome,
send us an email to [email protected]
Certification Bodies are responsible for auditing and certifying RTRS standards through qualified RTRS Lead Auditors. Certification Bodies are in turn accredited by National Accreditation Bodies.
Tel: +55 51 3012 7080
Learn about the requirements to be met by Certification Bodies wishing to be recognized by RTRS:
Certification Bodies wishing to be recognized by RTRS are required to send a request to technical [email protected]
Qualified lead auditors
Are auditors trained to conduct certification audits. Qualified lead auditors must meet the following requirements:
· Successful completion of a RTRS-endorsed training course delivered by certification bodies
· Proven lead assessor experience in similar certification schemes
Certification Bodies deliver RTRS-endorsed training courses for all those interested in conducting audits under RTRS Standards. Courses are delivered by qualified staff, with specially prepared materials and final evaluation.
If you wish to receive information about upcoming courses please contact RTRS Secretariat.
These are the entities responsible for auditing certification bodies.
Organismo Argentino de Acreditación (OAA)
Maria Paola Marsico
Tel: +54 11 2150-2164/2162/2158
Bartolomé Mitre 648 1°floor,
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (C1067ABB)
Instituto Nacional de Metrología, Qualidade e Tecnologia (Inmetro)
Caetano da Conceição
Gabriela Noemi Moreira Silveira
Tel: +55 21 2563 2869 / 2877 / 4617
Rua Santa Alexandrina. 416, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil (CEP 20261-232)
Organismo Uruguayo de Acreditación (OUA)
Ing. Qca. Liliane Somma
Tel: +598 2 908 0952 / +598 2 908 1653
Rincón 723, Oficina 112, Montevideo (11000)
Open and closed audit public consultations
Public consultations closed
Initial audits conducted by the various certification bodies must be submitted to a public consultation during 15 days prior to the audit.