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RTRS swift progress –new decisions Executive Board on key elements

RTRS swift progress –new decisions Executive Board on key elements

About to achieve a major milestone by bringing years of consensus seeking dialogue into practice, the RTRS Executive Board (EB) had a meeting in Buenos Aires on the 19th and 20th of October. At the meeting the EB evaluated the progress of preparations being made, and it took new decisions in the stepwise process the RTRS Secretariat and all the different working groups involved are going through. This letter is meant to inform you on the main elements that resulted from the successful meeting in Buenos Aires and progress in general in order to fulfill the promise announced after the General Assembly held in June of this year, namely to facilitate the availability of soy certified RTRS for the market at the beginning of 2011.

Certification and verification mechanism
The certification and verification mechanism is in place and the first certification bodies have applied for RTRS accreditation in order for them to be able to certify and audit those producers that decide to implement the RTRS scheme. As soon as the first certification bodies receive green light to do so, producers will be able to contract these providers in order to adopt and validate their production methods to the RTRS standard.

Non-GM module for Chain of Custody
The Chain of Custody Working Group (CoC WG) successfully created the RTRS model for the physical flow of RTRS certified soy. The Executive Board approved the formulated chain of custody model, containing the following modules:

Module A

Mass Balance

Module B


Module C


Module E

Non GM

An important new element – besides the key mass balance and segregation modules – is the possibility to purchase RTRS + Non GM certified soy. For several of the RTRS members this is an important aspect in order for RTRS certified soy to have value for their operations. With the Non GM module it is possible to deliver products containing Non GM soy to their customers, besides being supportive of the key objective of the RTRS to generate a positive impact in the level of responsibility being practiced in the cultivation of soy in general (be it Non GM, conventional or organic).

Levy RTRS Chain of Custody model
A third important element to facilitate the near future trading in RTRS certified soy is the IT Platform that will provide the necessary mechanisms for this. The Platform will have a range of functionalities, amongst others of a:

-Certificate Trading Platform for the selling and buying of certificates that represent a certain amount of RTRS certified soy, at which the physical sourcing of soy is separated from the trading of the certificates. This option has several advantages, amongst others to include producing countries that do not (or to a low extend) count with a physical flow to markets where sourcing of sustainable products have an added value. From the demand side this creates the opportunity to support soy production of for example small scale producer countries like India and Bolivia which normally do not have the possibility to be linked because of logistical complexity of worldwide soy flows. On the other hand, as production of certified soy in significant amounts on a global scale might take some time, this mechanism is an opportunity for the demand side to purchase credits which support responsible production in origin. 

-Certificate management, organizing the flow of certified soy between the producer and the consumer/end user in for example a European country, including the former mentioned mass balance, segregation and Non-GM modules as claim models structured by the platform.

For the functioning of the IT Platform and in order to generate income to cover RTRS Secretariat operational costs, a levy has been agreed on. For each ton of certified soy that goes through the IT Platform a levy of 0,30 Euro will be charged. This 0,30 Euro does not include certification costs for the producer, neither is it related to possible premiums as used at other initiatives like similar to the RTRS. Possible premiums are to be established between the buyer and producer of RTRS certified soy.  

Other news items
With the task of creating a so called Progressive entry level for the RTRS production standard certification, the balanced multi-stakeholder working group that was asked by the EB to do so presented the results at the meeting in Buenos Aires. With some minor changes included, the EB approved the proposal, consisting of a certification method which makes it more accessible for mainly small scale producers to be included. The approval of the generic Progressive entry level for the RTRS production standard certification document (Progressive entry level for the RTRS production standard certificationwill be send to the different national interpretations technical groups for its conversion to the national levels. More details can be obtained at the Secretariat or future accredited Certification Bodies.

Additionally a project proposal was put together by ProForest in order to start the process for High Conservation Value Area (HCVA) mapping in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, an objective the RTRS committed itself to as to create a multi stakeholder solution by the year 2012. The proposal was presented to a number of possible donors in order to create budget for successful execution of the project.

Finally, in a press release last Monday Arla Netherlands ( - a dairy company - announced that in 2011 of the soy it purchases 50% will be RTRS certified. This first announcement of commitment is very good news for the RTRS, and is expected to be a signal for others to soon follow the example. With messages like these from the market, many producers are expected to convert its production to RTRS certified soy.


RTRS Recognized Certification Bodies

RTRS Preliminary recognized Certification Bodies


Geographical  Scope

Recognition Scope

Certification Body Contact information




Certification under RTRS Principles and Criteria Certification Standard


Hernán Rodriguez Arias

(+ 54 11)43127473 or 43127884 Ext. 121/Cel(+54 9 11) 35 81 64 62



Walter Burchardt

(+ 595 21) 202251/202266/202268



Sebastián Vara

(+ 54 11) 4312 7473 or 4312-7884 Ext. 115/ (+ 54 9 11) 35 81 64 51



Guilherme Cauduro

+55 11 5908 2024


Control Union Certifications BV


Certification under RTRS Principles and Criteria Certification Standard


Diego D. Cybulka

+ 54 11 4719 9452/ Cel + 54 9 11 - 6857 8394


Alfredo Gonzalez

+55 11 30351600/ Cel +55 11 7670 2996



Certification under RTRS Principles and Criteria Certification Standard


Alejandro Carvalho

Argentina Tel:    + 54 11 4124 2009

Argentina Cel:    + 54 9 11 5976 9926

Uruguay   Tel:    + 598 2 4103906 int. 124

Uruguay   Cel:    + 598 95680681

Next Course for Lead Auditors RTRS

Scope of the course: To ensure an optimal level of competence of Lead Auditors who audit against the RTRS producer standard. The course is also open for others that would like to have a deeper understanding of the RTRS standard and the certification process, including Quality Managers and other people familiar with standards and audit processes.

Total duration: 24 hours

Cost: 4400 argentine pesos

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dates: December 14th, 15th & 16th, 2010


Course program for Auditors ENG v.2

Inscription Form training course for RTRS Auditors ENG v.2

Course for Producers and Implementers

Scope of the course: Provide participants with knowledge on the requirements of Standard RTRS and plan the implementation of this system in a production unit


Total duration: 16 hours 


Cost: -


Location: -


Dates: -


For further information, please contact the RTRS Secretariat via

Leading Auditors Training Course on the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard

RTRS facilitates these courses several times per year and in different places, depending on demand. 

Further Information:

Contact or call at: +54 11 4519 8008

This course is an essential requirement for those auditors who wish to certify the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard. It is also available for those people who wish to gain a deeper knowledge on such standard and its verification system, and Quality Managers or any other employees who work with other standards or audit processes.


Content of the course


During the taking of the course, the following subjects will be developed:


  • Introduction to the RTRS
  • RTRS certification and accreditation systems
  • RTRS Chain of Custody Standard, including the guidelines on the implementation of the standard and the certification process within the supply chain
  • Kinds of Chain of Custody certification: segregation, mass balance, and multisite certification
  • EU RED compliance requirements applied to the RTRS Chain of Custody
  • RTRS standard audit and verification exercises
  • The RTRS Leading Auditors Course includes a test on the knowledge and skills that have been obtained during the course. This test includes a final exam, and a participation level test of each of the participants.


The course will show the participants the specific requirements of the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) on the implementation of all the standards, policies and guidelines related to the RTRS certification process.


The participants will also acknowledge specific requirements to carry out the certification audits of the RTRS Chain of Custody and RTRS standard.


If you want to see the requirements to become a Leading Auditor on the RTRS Chain of Custody, you can download the file called “Requisitos de acreditacion y certificación de cadena de custodia de RTRSpara EC_V3.0_ESP” from our website (


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