One of the requirements in the R2 Code of Practices is that certified companies must have a valid R2 license in place – this includes signing the R2 License Agreement and paying the license fee. This must be completed prior to the Stage 1 audit, and every year thereafter. Companies that do not renew their licensing agreement and pay the license fee prior to the expiration of the old agreement are subject to suspension and, ultimately the revocation of their R2 certificate. Avoid suspension by understanding the process:
- A renewal agreement requiring your electronic signature will be sent via email 60 days in advance of your renewal date to the most recent certification contact on file for your company. Reminders are sent weekly until signed.
- An electronic invoice is sent via email upon receipt of signed agreement. Reminders are sent every two weeks until paid.
- Past due license renewals and/or payments – CBs are notified and the following action is taken:
- Certificate is suspended effective the day after license/payment due date. Company name will be removed from the SERI directory. (Suspension will be lifted by CB if license is signed and fee is received by SERI within 45 days of renewal date.)
- Certificate is revoked if the license is not signed and the fee is not received within 45 days of license/fee due date. If a certificate is revoked and the company wants to regain its certification, it will need to start over with a new 2-stage audit – a costly endeavor.
Thank you for your partnership and support of the R2 Program! For questions, or to provide updated contact information for your company, please contact Patty@SustainableElectronics.org.