The best way to avoid a lapse in R2 certification due to an expired certificate is to plan ahead and understand the recertification process. Copies of new and revised R2 certificates are provided to SERI when they are issued by the certifying bodies. SERI tracks the expiration dates of the certificates, and companies with expired certificates are automatically removed from the R2 Directory and posted on the Changes in Certification page on the SERI website.
Tips to avoid expired certificates and lapses in certification:
- Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your audit. Certification Bodies are sometimes booked out months in advance, so be sure to get on their calendar.
- Allow enough time to correct any non-conformances that may be identified during the audit. Be responsive in providing your auditor any additional documentation that is needed to verify your conformance to R2 Standard requirements.
- Allow enough time for the CB’s review committee to evaluate and approve the audit report presented by your auditor. After reviewing the evidence in the audit report, the review committee makes the final determination whether the recycler has conformed to all the R2 requirements and is approved for certification. In some cases, the executive review committee may require more information before making a final determination. Ask your CB how long their review process typically takes once the audit has been completed and any non-conformances have been resolved.
- SERI notifies each company’s certification contact that we have on file of approaching expirations – be sure to notify SERI if the certification contact for your company changes so that you will receive these and other important notices.
- Be sure that any address changes and/or additions of campus or multi-site locations have been communicated to SERI, and that an updated R2 License Agreement has been signed.
- Be sure you have paid your certifying body for the audit so that they will release your R2 certificate.
Once a new certificate has been issued, it is a good idea to check the R2 Directory to verify that SERI has received a copy of your R2 certificate and has listed you on the website directory.