The RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) has endorsed the revised Colombia National Interpretation (CO NI) document on 26th September 2016. CO NI 2016, as it is known, is based on the RSPO P&C 2013 and supersedes CO NI 2010 which has been used for certification of plantations and mills in Colombia.
CO NI 2016 has been developed by a Task Force with balanced representation from all the RSPO stakeholder groups. The Task Force held numerous physical meetings prior to finalising the document. In compliance to international best practice, public consultations were held as part of creating awareness and getting feedback on the CO NI 2016 document.
Prior to endorsement by the BoG, the document has been reviewed by the RSPO Secretariat and members of the RSPO Standards & Certification Standing Committee (S&CSC).
The endorsed document is effective immediately. Certification bodies (CBs) and RSPO member companies are strongly encourages to start using CO NI 2016 for any new audits as well as annual surveillance audits (ASAs). It is compulsory for all audits and ASAs carried out from 14th December 2016 to be based on the CO NI 2016.
The CO NI 2016 document is available here.