The RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) has endorsed the revised Ghana National Interpretation (GH NI) document on 7th March 2016. GHNI 2015, as it is known, is based on the RSPO P&C 2013 and supersedes GHNI 2011 which has been used for certification of plantations and mills in Ghana.
GHNI 2015 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 GHNI 2015 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 GHNI 2015 for any new audits as well as annual surveillance audits (ASAs). It is compulsory for all audits and ASAs carried out from 3rd June 2016 to be based on the GHNI 2015.
The GHNI 2015 document is available here.