What Is Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)?
The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the RCS is to increase the use of Recycled materials and uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).
The objectives of the RCS are:
- Alignment of Recycled definitions across multiple applications
- Track and trace Recycled input materials
- Provide consumers (both brands and end consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions
- Provide assurance that materials are actually Recycled and in a final product
The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% Recycled Material. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits.
GCL International’s Accredited Scope For GRS Includes:
- content of recycled fibres in textile products
- content of recycled metal in metal products
- content of recycled plastic in plastic products
- content of recycled paper in paper products
The RCS Certification Process:
Application and contract
You can apply online for the RCS Certification or complete the Application form and return it to GCL International Ltd. head office or one ofour localoffice.We will use the application details to produce a quotation.
Once the quotation has been accepted, we will ask you to return a signed copy of the quotation and our Scheme Rules.
Preparation for the Initial RCS Certification Audit
The following documents are supplied prior to the initial certification:
- Briefing information about the RCS Standard;
- Standard and Implementation Manual;
- Document checklist;
- Inspection report which includes inspection checklists, list of suppliers and subcontractors.
Initial Certification Audit
- Opening meeting
- On-site Audit
- Preparation of Audit Report (including Findings)
- Closing meeting
Following the completion of the inspection, a report detailing the findings is provided. Subject to the closure of any non-conformances or findings (if any), a Scope Certificate is issued.
Whenever the client wishes to have its artwork approved, the proposed artwork and Labelling Release form shall be submitted to GCL International for approval.
GCL International Qatar as representative of GCL UK, provide RCS certification services.
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