It has been SERI’s practice to issue a “Memo” when a change or addendum to the R2 Code of Practices (COP) has been needed. In order to ensure consistency in the language used across the management systems world, SERI has decided to use the term “Advisory” instead of memo. The definition of a COP Advisory:
A change made by SERI to the current Code of Practices to change the meaning, application, and/or intent of a requirement. An Advisory becomes effective on the date specified in the document and any transition period allowed for implementation of the change will also be specified. The effective date will be the required application date. All R2 related activities conducted on and after the effective date must conform to the Advisory. A COP Advisory is normative and therefore auditable by both the R2 accreditation body and SERI.
In additions to Advisories, SERI will also issue COP Clarifications when needed. The definition of a COP Clarification:
COP Clarifications are intended to offer further explanation of complex requirements in the R2 Code of Practices. However, a COP Clarification itself is not auditable and cannot be cited in relation to any nonconformances. The explanations within are intended to prevent misinterpretation of the R2 Code of Practices, not to add to, subtract from, or modify the R2 Code of Practices.
All Advisories and Clarifications to the COP will be posted on the SERI website in the R2 Document Library https://sustainableelectronics.org/r2-standard/r2-document-library. Currently there are ten Advisories and one COP Clarification. These will be posted and available to view by the first week of February.