How it WORKS
The CERA system brings together four consecutive standards under one certification scheme, with each considering a different aspect and stage of the raw materials value chain while building on each other. CERA certification addresses Readiness, Performance, Chain of Custody and Final Product.
Under CERA, applicant value chain actors apply to the CERA Association for candidacy and in pursuit of certification for their exploration, processing or handling of raw materials. Applicants’ existing performance is audited and compared to the relevant CERA criteria with a gap analysis identifying areas in which performance does not meet the CERA standard requirements. CERA candidates can work with consultants to improve processes to meet the CERA standard requirements and following a final on-site audit a CERA certificate can be issued.
CERA’s certification will be hosted on a public ledger which allows third-parties to verify the validity of any CERA certificate attached to documents, processes or raw materials. CERA will operate a Hybrid database model. This model combines a public and a classified database, with detailed information about documents, processes, price and materials accessible only to certificate owners and business users via blockchain technology; whilst public access will be limited only to validate certificates.
To enshrine expertise, independence and impartiality at each stage of the CERA certification process, several parties are involved in how CERA’s standards are defined, measured and audited.
The CERA Association owns the CERA standards and is responsible for the standard set-up, training, revisions and administration. The Association publishes lists of CERA candidates, CERA-certified organisations, and nominates the accreditation bodies, registers consultants and certification bodies, and is responsible for issuing CERA certificates and labels. The CERA Association will be established during 2020.
The Accreditation Body is responsible for accreditation, surveillance and re-accreditation of certification bodies, granting authority to perform certification audits under the CERA standards.
The Certification Body certifies if all rules, requirements and implementation details of the respective CERA standard are met. It communicates the result of its certification of a CERA candidate to the CERA Association.
Where gaps from analysis are identified in the course of assessement, CERA Candidates may require additional advice or guidance on meeting the CERA standard and can work with consultants. Consultants interested in offering their services to CERA candidates or CERA certified organisations can register with the CERA Association.
CERA candidates include any organisation requesting certification under the CERA certification scheme. Prospective candidates signal their request for certification to the CERA Association by letter of intent, stating its intention to fulfil the CERA standards criteria within one year of application. If a CERA candidate cannot show compliance with all relevant CERA requirements within one year, it loses the CERA candidate status. Following completion of the certification process, successful candidates are awarded a CERA certificate and may communicate this status with a CERA label. In case of the Chain of Custody, the material in question rather than the company, is awarded the CERA label.