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Chain of Custody


Scope of the Overall Supply Chain

From the moment when it is certified that soy meets its responsible production cycle, certain precautions must be taken to assure that during transportation, distribution or storage its condition of being responsible soy is monitored. This is maintaining RTRS Soy traceability, assuring that from the origin to the end product (soy meal, oil, biodiesel, food, etc.), the flow of certified soy under the RTRS Production Standard has been kept under control.

With this in mind, we created the Chain of Custody RTRS Standard, which describes the requirements related to the monitoring of RTRS Certified soy and by-products throughout the overall supply chain, including flows of material and related claims.


How is traceability kept?

In RTRS, we propose two models of supply chain that allow to assure the traceability of RTRS Certified soy.


Soy from one or more RTRS-Certified properties is kept physically separate from other sources of Non-RTRS Certified soy.

Mass Balance*

Soy from one or more RTRS-Certified properties may be mixed with sources of Non-Certified Soy, provided that the mixing process is monitored from the management.

Once the mixing process is over, equivalent percentages of certified and non-certified soy may be sold at the marketplace.

*All the parties of the supply chain must be certified by independent bodies in compliance with the Chain of Custody RTRS Standard to assure that unauthorized blends are not produced.


What happens with Non-GM Soy?

All the parties of the supply chain must be certified by independent bodies in compliance with the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard to assure that unauthorized blends are not produced.

In the cases where Non-GM RTRS Soy has been certified, we have created a series of specific requirements for certifying its Chain of Custody. Module D defines that GM and Non-GM Soy must never be mixed so that their traceability is kept.


I am a FEMAS Member

Together with the Feed Materials Assurance Scheme  (FEMAS) we have developed the FEMAS & RTRS Module for RTRS Certified Products. This includes the requirements necessary for FEMAS participants to be able to give an RTRS status to their products through their claims. That is, it exempts companies with FEMAS Certification that sell RTRS-Certified products from the obligation of applying for a new certification in compliance with the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard, as the requirements of this Module shall be included in the scope of the FEMAS Certification for participants to comply with.

I am GMP+ certified

GMP+ International manages the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme for the assurance of safe and responsible feed. Together with GMP+ International, we developed the GMP+ MI101 Production and trade of RTRS soy with requirements equivalent to the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard. This GMP+ MI 101 standard is created as an add-on to the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance certification that many companies in the feed chain already have implemented. With this standard companies can combine certification of safe and responsible feed in one audit (saving both time and costs). More information about GMP+ Feed Responsibility Assurance certification can be found here.

Exports to the European Union for Biofuel Production

The European Commission (EC) created the Renewable Energy Directive (EU-RED) that regulates imports of raw materials (such as soy) into the European Union for biofuel production. The established standards are related to requirements concerning changes in the use of land, Greenhouse Gas Effect calculations and traceability, and determine if these raw materials may be considered as sustainable. To be able to comply with this regulation, we have created the RTRS EU-RED Compliance Requirements for the Supply Chain. This contains all the requirements for supply chain operators who wish to supply soy, soy products and byproducts to the EU biofuelmarket, and who shall make claims. Certificates that meet these requirements will carry the BFLS acronym in them.