OBP STANDARDS REVISION

Revision process- PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Revision process- PUBLIC CONSULTATION

After world´s oceans day the 8th of June and our first anniversary since the publication of the OBP Program standards, it is time for our planned revision to improve and better adequate them to our users needs. In order for interested parties to be able to provide us with comments we are opening a public consultation period before we finalize this revision of the standards.

The documents below are published in draft format for any interested party to provide comments. If you would like to provide comments please fill in the comments form and send it to us at contact<at>obpcert.org. The public comment period is from July 8th 2021 to August 8th 2021.

CONSOLIDATION OF CHANGES AND RELEASE OF THE NEW STANDARDS

The proposed changes and comments that are coherent with the OBP Program vision and coherent with the Standards development and structure, will be incorporated during the month of August. The new revision of the Standards and documents will be released on September 8th, 2021. The revised standards will become compulsory to use for audits starting from the 8th of December 2021.

DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION

OBP Collection Organization Standard OBP-COL-STD V2.1 EN Draft

OBP Recycling Organization Standard OBP-REC-STD V2 EN Draft

OBP Neutralization Services Provider Standard OBP-NEU-STD V2 EN Draft

OBP Plastic Producers & Users Standard OBP-PRO-STD V1.2 EN Draft

OBP Program Definitions & Annexes OBP-DEF-GUI V1 EN Draft

OBP Program Templates OBP-TEM-GUI V1 EN Draft

SUMMARY OF THE KEY CHANGES

Below are listed the main modifications made to the OBP Program, we would especially appreciate your feedback on these modifications.

Additionally, you will also find, listed in the revision history of each standard the other smaller corrections and precisions made.

Changes to the OBP Program

 

  1. Introduction of a new OBP Category: OBP Fishing Material. This plastic waste was already accepted as OBP through recycling projects, but we felt it did not fit well in the existing categories. Additionally, we wanted to include plastic collected as bycatch by fishermen, so it could have a specific market and not get thrown back to the sea.
  2. Supplier Group Certification option has increased the maximum collection amount allowed for group members as Small Collectors from 400TM per year, to 1500TM per year before requesting them to get their own independent certification. This will promote greater volumes of OBP collection given the previous limit proved easily reachable by Small Collectors that still remained very small and uncapable of certifying by themselves.
  3. All program definitions and annex certification options have been regrouped in a separate new document (OBO-DEF-GUI) and removed from individual standards.
  4. All program templates have been regrouped in a separate new document (OBP-TEM-GUI) and removed from the individual standards.

Changes to the OBP Recycling Subprogram

 

For both the OBP Collection and Recycling Organizations standards.

 

Introduction of Transaction Declarations as documentary evidence to reinforce the authenticity and traceability of OBP transactions. These Transaction Declarations will only be generable by certified organizations with a valid scope certificate, through a private section of our website. The access to this section will be verified and approved by ZPO. Each Transaction Declaration will have a unique identifier and will be issued instantly, without cost to certified organizations. We received many requests to implement for such a tool as it is commonly used by other chain of custody standards.

 

Changes to the OBP Neutrality Subprogram

 

Applicable to the OBP Neutrality Services Provider Standard

 

  1. Introduction of a new section on “Project Eligibility for issuing OBP Credits”, covering additionality, legal surplus, and absence of double counting. This is only to further clarify the matter and is in line with projects already certified or in the process of certification.
  2. Further development and description on the “Approved Treatments” section for collected Non-Commercially Recyclable OBP. This introduces clearer definitions of accepted treatments and introduces recycling as an option under specific conditions.
  3. Introduction of self-declaration of compliance with minimum social and environmental requirements for Approved Treatment facilities. This is to ensure we cover these minimal conditions along the whole scope of the program.
  4. Inclusion of audit requirement to visit Approved Treatment facilities and ensure verification of adequate final disposition of OBP. 
The public consultation period on the revised OBP Program Standards is now open!
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