Sustainable and traceable cocoa - Part 4: Requirements for certification schemes (ISO 34101-4:2019)

This document specifies requirements for certification schemes for sustainable and traceable cocoa, including the certification of cocoa bean producing organizations and cocoa supply chain actors. It is to be used jointly with ISO 34101-1, ISO 34101-2 and/or ISO 34101-3.
This document also specifies the requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems:
— at entry level, see Annex A;
— at medium level, see Annex B.
NOTE ISO 34101-1 specifies the requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems at high level.
Only organizations that fulfil both the cocoa sustainability management system requirements of either ISO 34101-1 or Annex A or B, and the performance requirements of ISO 34101-2 can claim their cocoa beans have been sustainably produced.

Nachhaltiger und rückverfolgbarer Kakao - Teil 4: Anforderungen an Zertifizierungsprogramme (ISO 34101-4:2019)

Dieses Dokument legt Anforderungen an Zertifizierungsprogramme für nachhaltigen und rückverfolgbaren Kakao fest, einschließlich der Zertifizierung von Kakaobohnen produzierenden Organisationen und von Akteuren der Kakao Supply Chain. Es ist gemeinsam mit ISO 34101 1, ISO 34101 2 und/oder ISO 34101 3 zu verwenden.
Nur Organisationen, die sowohl Anforderungen an das Managementsystem für die Kakaonachhaltigkeit (entweder ISO 34101 1 oder ISO 34101 4:—, Anhang A oder B) als auch Leistungsanforderungen (ISO 34101 2) erfüllen, können ihre Kakaobohnen als nachhaltig produziert bezeichnen.

Cacao durable et traçable - Partie 4: Exigences pour les systèmes de certification (ISO 34101-4:2019)

Le présent document spécifie les exigences pour les systèmes de certification du cacao durable et traçable, y compris la certification des organismes produisant des fèves de cacao et des autres acteurs de la chaîne d'approvisionnement du cacao. Il est destiné à être utilisé conjointement avec l'ISO 34101-1, l'ISO 34101-2 et/ou l'ISO 34101-3.
Le présent document spécifie également les exigences pour les systèmes de management de la durabilité du cacao:
— au niveau seuil, voir Annexe A;
— au niveau moyen, voir Annexe B.
NOTE L'ISO 34101-1 spécifie les exigences pour les systèmes de management de la durabilité du cacao au niveau élevé.
Seuls les organismes produisant des fèves de cacao satisfaisant à la fois aux exigences relatives aux systèmes de management de la durabilité du cacao de l'ISO 34101-1 ou l'Annexe A ou B, et aux exigences de performance de l'ISO 34101-2 peuvent déclarer que les fèves de cacao sont produites de manière durable.

Trajnost in sledljivost kakava - 4. del: Zahteve za sheme certificiranja (ISO 34101-4:2019)

Ta del tega mednarodnega standarda določa zahteve za sheme certificiranja za certificiranje trajnostno pridobljenih zrn kakavovca in izdelkov iz kakava.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 34101-4:2019
01-september-2019

Trajnost in sledljivost kakava - 4. del: Zahteve za sheme certificiranja (ISO 34101-

4:2019)

Sustainable and traceable cocoa - Part 4: Requirements for certification schemes (ISO

34101-4:2019)
Nachhaltige und rückverfolgbare Kakaobohnen - Teil 4: Anforderungen für
Zertifizierungsprogramme (ISO 34101-4:2019)
Fèves de cacao durable et traçable - Partie 4: Exigences pour les systèmes de
certification (ISO 34101-4:2019)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 34101-4:2019
ICS:
03.120.20 Certificiranje proizvodov in Product and company
podjetij. Ugotavljanje certification. Conformity
skladnosti assessment
67.140.30 Kakav Cocoa
SIST EN ISO 34101-4:2019 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EN ISO 34101-4
EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
June 2019
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 67.140.30; 03.120.20
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Sustainable and traceable cocoa - Part 4: Requirements for
certification schemes (ISO 34101-4:2019)

Cacao durable et traçable - Partie 4: Exigences pour les Nachhaltiger und rückverfolgbarer Kakao - Teil 4:

systèmes de certification (ISO 34101-4:2019) Anforderungen für Zertifizierungsprogramme (ISO

34101-4:2019)
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European foreword

This document (EN ISO 34101-4:2019) has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 34 "Food

products" in collaboration with Technical Committee CEN/TC 415 “Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa”

the secretariat of which is held by DS.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

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Endorsement notice

The text of ISO 34101-4:2019 has been approved by CEN as EN ISO 34101-4:2019 without any

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 34101-4
First edition
2019-05
Sustainable and traceable cocoa —
Part 4:
Requirements for certification schemes
Cacao durable et traçable —
Partie 4: Exigences pour les systèmes de certification
Reference number
ISO 34101-4:2019(E)
ISO 2019
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Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Scheme owner requirements .................................................................................................................................................................. 4

5 Scheme development and management ...................................................................................................................................... 6

6 Publicly available information ............................................................................................................................................................... 8

7 Complaints and appeals to the scheme owner ...................................................................................................................... 8

8 Requirements for certification bodies........................................................................................................................................... 9

8.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

8.2 Requirements for processes additional to those specified in ISO/IEC 17021-1 ............................ 9

8.3 Audit cycle for the cocoa bean producing organization ...................................................................................11

8.4 Audit cycle for cocoa supply chain actors .....................................................................................................................11

8.4.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................11

8.4.2 Certification or recertification audit ............................................................................................................12

8.4.3 Surveillance audits ......................................................................................................................................................12

8.5 Sampling ....................................................................................................................................................................................................12

8.6 Methods to obtain information during audit .............................................................................................................13

8.7 Time needed for an audit ............................................................................................................................................................13

8.8 Timeframe for resolving nonconformities ...................................................................................................................13

8.9 Expiration of a certificate ............................................................................................................................................................13

8.10 Re-obtaining a certificate ............................................................................................................................................................14

8.11 Requirements for competence of auditors additional to those specified in

ISO/IEC 17021-1 ................................................................................................................................................................................14

9 Claims ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................14

9.1 General requirements ....................................................................................................................................................................14

9.2 Conditions under which the client can use a claim ..............................................................................................14

9.3 Business-to-business (B2B) claims ....................................................................................................................................15

9.4 Business-to-consumer (B2C) claims .................................................................................................................................16

10 Third-party mark of conformity .......................................................................................................................................................16

11 Licensing and control ...................................................................................................................................................................................16

Annex A (normative) Requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems at entry

level ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................17

Annex B (normative) Requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems at

medium level .........................................................................................................................................................................................................25

Annex C (informative) Examples of risks to be assessed ..............................................................................................................27

Annex D (informative) Risk-based control and review of certification bodies .....................................................28

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................29

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Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www .iso .org/patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to the

World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) see www .iso

.org/iso/foreword .html.

This document was prepared by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical

Committee CEN/TC 415, Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa, in collaboration with ISO Technical Committee

TC 34, Food products, Subcommittee SC 18, Cocoa, in accordance with the agreement on technical

cooperation between ISO and CEN (Vienna Agreement).
A list of all parts in the ISO 34101 series can be found on the ISO website.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/members .html.
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Introduction

The ISO 34101 series specifies requirements for the sustainable production of cocoa beans, for traceability

of sustainably produced cocoa and for the scheme for certifying sustainable and traceable cocoa.

Sustainably produced cocoa beans are obtained by fulfilling the management system requirements of

either ISO 34101-1 or Annex A or B, and the performance requirements of ISO 34101-2.

The stepwise approach of the ISO 34101 series comprises three requirement levels: entry, medium

and high. The requirements for the three levels for the performance requirements are all specified in

ISO 34101-2. The requirements for the three levels for the cocoa sustainability management system

requirements are specified in ISO 34101-1 or this document as follows:
— entry: Annex A;
— medium: Annex B;
— high: ISO 34101-1.

An organization that is sustainably producing cocoa beans can apply for initial certification to any level

and will then be on a path towards a higher level until the high level is reached. The path from entry

level to medium level can take up to 60 months. The path from medium level to high level can take up to

60 months.

The performance requirements specified in ISO 34101-2 are complementary to the cocoa sustainability

management system requirements. Only organizations that fulfil both the cocoa sustainability

management system requirements (either ISO 34101-1 or Annex A or B) and the performance

requirements (ISO 34101-2) may claim their cocoa beans have been sustainably produced.

ISO 34101-3 specifies the requirements for traceability of sustainably produced cocoa (fulfilling the

requirements of the ISO 34101 series) from an organization that is sustainably producing cocoa beans

and throughout the cocoa supply chain.

This document specifies the requirements for the scheme for certifying traceable, sustainably produced

cocoa conforming to the requirements of the ISO 34101 series and includes the requirements for the

entry and medium level for the cocoa sustainability management system.
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Document Subject Intended to be applied by

ISO 34101-1 High-level requirements for cocoa Registered cocoa farmers and organizations that are

sustainability management systems. sustainably producing cocoa beans.
(Entry- and medium-level
requirements for cocoa
sustainability management systems
are specified in this document.)
ISO 34101-2 Entry-, medium- and high-level
requirements for performance
(related to economic, social, and
environmental aspects).
ISO 34101-3 Requirements for traceability. The cocoa supply chain actors.

This Requirements for certification Certification scheme owners and certification bodies

document schemes. certifying conformity to the ISO 34101 series.
Entry- and medium-level Organizations wishing certification by an accredited

requirements for cocoa third-party certification body in order to make claims of

sustainability management systems. conformity.

(The high-level requirements for Registered cocoa farmers and organizations that are

cocoa sustainability management sustainably producing cocoa beans applying the entry-

systems are specified in ISO 34101-1.) or medium-level requirements for cocoa sustainability

management systems.

This document specifies the requirements for the entry and medium levels of the cocoa sustainability

management system. ISO 34101-1 specifies the requirements for the high level.
In this document:
— “shall” indicates a requirement;
— “should” indicates a recommendation;
— “may” indicates a permission;
— “can” indicates a possibility or a capability.

Information marked “NOTE” is for guidance in understanding or clarifying the associated requirement.

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Sustainable and traceable cocoa —
Part 4:
Requirements for certification schemes
1 Scope

This document specifies requirements for certification schemes for sustainable and traceable cocoa,

including the certification of cocoa bean producing organizations and cocoa supply chain actors. It is to

be used jointly with ISO 34101-1, ISO 34101-2 and/or ISO 34101-3.

This document also specifies the requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems:

— at entry level, see Annex A;
— at medium level, see Annex B.

NOTE ISO 34101-1 specifies the requirements for cocoa sustainability management systems at high level.

Only organizations that fulfil both the cocoa sustainability management system requirements of either

ISO 34101-1 or Annex A or B, and the performance requirements of ISO 34101-2 can claim their cocoa

beans have been sustainably produced.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 34101-1:2019, Sustainable and traceable cocoa — Part 1: Requirements for cocoa sustainability

management systems

ISO 34101-2:2019, Sustainable and traceable cocoa — Part 2: Requirements for performance (related to

economic, social, and environmental aspects)

ISO 34101-3:2019, Sustainable and traceable cocoa — Part 3: Requirements for traceability

ISO/IEC 17000:2004, Conformity assessment — Vocabulary and general principles

ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment — Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity

assessment bodies

ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification

of management systems — Part 1: Requirements

ISO/IEC 17030:2003, Conformity assessment — General requirements for third-party marks of conformity

3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 34101-1, ISO/IEC 17000 and

the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https: //www .iso .org/obp
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— IEC Electropedia: available at http: //www .electropedia .org/
3.1
accreditation

third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its

competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks
[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17000:2004, 5.6]
3.2
accreditation body
authoritative body that performs accreditation (3.1)

Note 1 to entry: The authority of an accreditation body is generally derived from government.

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17000:2004, 2.6]
3.3
certification
third-party attestation related to products, processes, systems or persons

Note 1 to entry: Certification of a management system is sometimes also called registration.

Note 2 to entry: Certification is applicable to all objects of conformity assessment except for conformity

assessment bodies themselves, to which accreditation (3.1) is applicable.
[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17000:2004, 5.5]
3.4
certification body

third party that performs conformity assessment in accordance with a certification scheme (3.6)

3.5
certification requirement

specified requirement that is fulfilled by the client (3.9) as a condition of establishing or maintaining

certification (3.3)

Note 1 to entry: Certification requirements include requirements imposed on the client by the certification body

(3.4), usually via the certification agreement to meet the requirements of this document, and can also include

requirements imposed on the client by the certification scheme (3.6).
3.6
certification scheme

conformity assessment system related to specified products, processes, services and management

systems, to which the same specified requirements, specific rules and procedures apply

Note 1 to entry: The term “conformity assessment system” is defined in ISO/IEC 17000:2004, 2.7.

Note 2 to entry: The rules, procedures and management for implementing product, process, service and

management system certification (3.3) are stipulated by the certification scheme.

Note 3 to entry: General guidance for the development of schemes is given in ISO/IEC 17067, in combination with

ISO/IEC TR 17026.
3.7
cocoa supply chain

sequence of the stages and operations involved in the movement and processing of cocoa, from farm to

the point of exit from the factory door of the manufacturer of the final retail product

[SOURCE: ISO 34101-3:2019, 3.5]
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3.8
cocoa supply chain actor

organization that physically handles, takes legal ownership or makes claims of sustainably

produced cocoa
[SOURCE: ISO 34101-3:2019, 3.6, modified — Note 1 to entry has been deleted.]
3.9
client

organization or person responsible to a certification body (3.4) for ensuring that certification

requirements (3.5) are fulfilled

Note 1 to entry: Whenever the term “client” is used in this document, it applies to both the “applicant” and the

“client”, unless otherwise specified.
3.10
farmer premium

cash transfer of funds from the organization to a registered farmer for sustainably produced cocoa in

addition to the price for equivalent conventional cocoa

Note 1 to entry: Premiums are provided to a registered farmer to reward his/her efforts and/or incentivize

registered farmers to meet all the requirements of either ISO 34101-1 or Annex A or B and ISO 34101-2.

Note 2 to entry: If a premium is paid in kind per documented negotiations (see 5.11), the party paying the

premium shall demonstrate the cash equivalent.
[SOURCE: ISO 34101-1:2019, 3.26]
3.11
impartiality
presence of objectivity

Note 1 to entry: Objectivity means that conflicts of interest do not exist, or are resolved so as not to adversely

influence subsequent activities.

Note 2 to entry: Other terms that are useful in conveying the element of impartiality include “independence”,

“freedom from conflict of interests”, “freedom from bias”, “lack of prejudice”, “neutrality”, “fairness”, “open

mindedness”, “even-handedness”, “detachment”, “balance”.

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, 3.2, modified — "of the certification body" has been deleted from the

end of Note 1 to entry.]
3.12
major nonconformity

nonconformity that affects the capability of the management system to achieve the intended results

Note 1 to entry: Nonconformities could be classified as major in the following circumstances:

— if there is a significant doubt that effective process control is in place, or that products or services will meet

specified requirements;

— a number of minor nonconformities associated with the same requirement or issue could demonstrate a

systemic failure and thus constitute a major nonconformity.
[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, 3.12]
3.13
scheme owner

organization responsible for developing and maintaining a specific certification scheme (3.6)

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3.14
scope of certification
identification of:

— the product(s), process(es), service(s), cocoa field(s) or farm(s), or management systems for which

the certification (3.3) is granted;
— the applicable certification scheme (3.6);

— the standard(s) and other normative document(s), including their date of publication, to which it is

judged that the product(s), process(es), service(s) or management systems comply
3.15
supervisory council

body established by the scheme owner (3.13) consisting of independent members who represent

interested parties
3.16
surveillance

systematic iteration of conformity assessment activities as a basis for maintaining the validity of the

statement of conformity
[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17000:2004, 6.1]
3.17
third-party mark of conformity

protected mark issued by a body performing third-party conformity assessment, indicating that an

object of conformity assessment (product, process, person, system or body) is in conformity with

specified requirements

Note 1 to entry: A protected mark is a mark legally protected against unauthorized use.

Note 2 to entry: The specified requirements are generally stated in “normative” documents such as International

Standards, regional or national standards, regulations and specifications.
[SOURCE: ISO/IEC 17030:2003, 3.1, modified — The example has been deleted.]
3.18
verification

confirmation, through the provision of objective evidence, that specified requirements have been

fulfilled

[SOURCE: ISO 9000:2015, 3.8.12, modified — The notes to entry have been deleted.]

4 Scheme owner requirements
4.1 A scheme owner shall be one of the following legal entities:
a) a group of certification bodies; or

b) an organization, such as a government body, regulator, non-governmental organization or a trade

association (not being a certification body), that develops a certification scheme in which one or

more certification bodies participate.

NOTE In cases where a governmental entity is the scheme owner, it is deemed to be a legal entity on the

basis of its governmental status.

4.2 The scheme owner shall be independent of certified clients and shall not be able to influence the

certification decision.
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4.3 The scheme owner shall identify any risks to its impartiality on an ongoing basis. If a risk to

impartiality is identified, the scheme owner shall be able to demonstrate how it eliminates or minimizes

such risk. This shall include those risks that arise from its activities, or fro
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