The RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) has endorsed the Gabon National Interpretation (GA NI) document on 6th March 2017. GA NI 2017, as it is known, is based on the RSPO P&C 2013.
GA NI 2017 has been developed by a steering group with balanced representation from all the RSPO stakeholder groups. The steering group 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 GA NI 2017 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&C SC).
The endorsed document is effective immediately. Certification bodies (CBs) and RSPO member companies are strongly encourages to start using GA NI 2017 for any new audits as well as annual surveillance audits (ASAs). It is compulsory for all audits and ASAs carried out from 26th May 2017 to be based on the GA NI 2017.
The GA NI 2017 document is available here .