The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the RCS is to increase the use of Recycled materials and uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).
The objectives of the RCS are:
The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% Recycled Material. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits.
Application and contract
If you wish to apply for RCS certification, please complete the application form and return it to GCL International Ltd. head office or one of our local partner offices. We will use the application details to produce a quotation.
Once the quotation has been accepted, we will ask you to return a signed copy of the quotation and our Scheme Rules.
Preparation for the RCS initial inspection/certification audit
After GCL International has received the inspection/certification audit invoiced fee, the following documents are supplied prior to the initial inspection:
The client partially completes the inspection report (as indicated) and provides business licenses, policies and procedures, supplier certificates, etc.
GCL International will send the initial inspection plan to the client together with the RCS Logo Use and Claims Guide.
Initial inspection / certification audit
Following the completion of the inspection, a report detailing the findings is provided. Subject to the closure of any nonconformances or findings (if any), a certificate with TE labelling is issued.
Whenever the client wishes to have its artwork approved, the proposed artwork and Labelling Release form shall be submitted to GCL International for approval.
For more information about RCS and its certification process please contact us by telephone or email.
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