Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)
What is Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)?
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:
- Alignment of Recycled definitions across multiple applications
- Track and trace Recycled input materials
- Provide consumers (both brands and end consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions
- Provide assurance that materials are actually Recycled and in a final product
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.
The RCS certification process:
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:
- briefing information about the RCS Standard;
- Standard/Manual and Implementation Manual;
- Document checklist;
- inspection report which includes inspection checklists, list of suppliers and subcontractors.
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
- opening meeting
- preparation of inspection report and findings
- closing meeting
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.
- The certified client may request a Transaction Certificate by emailing us;
- Send a Transaction Certificate Request form and associated documents to us;
- If approved by us, the Transaction Certificate is issued to the client.
Re-inspection or Annual Inspection
- GCL International will communicate with the client to plan for the re-inspection and to determine if there has been any changes, such as: production units, subcontractors, recipes or new suppliers. An inspection report must be completed by the client and returned to us;
- GCL International will conduct the re-inspection;
- 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.
- Application Form
- GCL Scheme Rules
- RCS Standard, v2.0
- RCS Implementation Manual, v2.0
- CCS Standard, v2.0
- CCS Implementation Manual, v2.0
- Transaction Certificates Policy
- RCS & GRS Logo Use and Claims Guide
- Request Operator Briefing Note
For more information about RCS and its certification process please contact us by telephone or email.