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Certification Program Release

by User Not Found | Feb 17, 2017
The Global Recycling Standards Organization is excited to announce the release of the RIOS:2016 Certification Program and RIOS Transition Plan.
These documents were created by a multi-stakeholder group of industry experts and in collaboration with ANAB, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. Please note that while these documents are being publically circulated and distributed on February 17th, the transition period will be effective on March 1, 2017. By extension, all RIOS certified facilities must have completed their RIOS:2016 certification no later than March 1, 2019.

For RIOS companies, the transition process is clearly spelled out in the RIOS 2016 Transition Plan. If you have specific questions regarding your situation or experience, please reach out directly to me for clarification.

For Certification Bodies, RIOS will host a webinar on the morning of February 28th to discuss, in detail, the processes for getting training program approval, and for auditor completion of the RIOS developed recycling facility hazard training, and for any questions regarding your clients’ transition process. A separate email will be sent in the coming days with the webinar details.

We at the Global Recycling Standards Organization understand that any transition has the potential to create confusion, extra work, and could introduce inconvenient challenges. Throughout the revision process we strived to minimize exposure to any of these issues, and are confident that the release of these documents will allow everyone involved to move forward with confidence. Ultimately, these changes will create a stronger standard, a more effective management system, and a healthier, safer, and more sustainable industry.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns regarding these documents or the transition process.


Darrell K. Kendall
Executive Director, RIOS

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