RSB Library

General Documents

General documents in the RSB Standard include procedures for auditors and certification bodies, for managing grievances, for making updates to the RSB Standard and more. This category also includes glossaries and specific adaptations of the Standard.

RSB Certification Protocol and Guidance for Harvesting Corn Stover as a Feedstock for Biofuels or Bio-products

Reference code: RSB-GUI-01-008-02 Version: 1 Date: November 2017

RSB's Certification Protocol and Guidance for Harvesting Corn Stover as a Feedstock for Biofuels or Bioproducts provides decision makers information regarding the practices and the metrics that should be followed by farmers and auditors to ensure that any removal of corn stover for cellulosic biofuel or bioproduct production is done in a way that complies with the RSB Principles & Criteria

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RSB Fossil Fuel Baseline Calculation Methodology

Reference code: RSB-STD-01-003-02 Version: 2.1 Date: May 2011

RSB's Fossil Fuel Baseline Calculation Methodology is intended to encompass the calculation of the fossil fuel baseline for gasoline, diesel and jey kerosene. The fossil fuel baseline contained in this document is to be used by RSB Participating Operators when demonstrating compliance with Principle 3 on GHG Emissions.

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RSB Glossary of Terms

Reference code: RSB-STD-01-002 Version: 1.3 Date: May 2020

The RSB Glossary of Terms provides definitions for all relevant terminology within the RSB system.

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RSB Grievance Procedure

Reference code: RSB-PRO-65 Version: 3.1 Date: August 2016

RSB's Grievance Procedure ensures that grievances against the implementation of RSB policies and procedures, recognised certification bodies, their certification decisions, and RSB members are handled in a timely, comprehensive, consistent, transparent, and effective manner.

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RSB Phase-in Procedure

Reference code: RSB-PRO-01-001 Version: 1 Date: June 2014

"The RSB Phase-In Procedure describes how and when RSB participating operators, certification bodies and accreditation body shall put in place RSB new standards/procedures and/or new versions of existing RSB standards/procedures. For any new document, a phase-in period is allowed in order to minimise the disruption of certification and accreditation processes."

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RSB Principles & Criteria

Reference code: RSB-STD-01-001 Version: 3 Date: November 2016

The RSB Principles & Criteria is the core document of the RSB Standard sets out the general requirements for operations producing, converting and processing biomass, advanced fuels, products and biomaterials. This standard applies to all operators taking part in the RSB certification system as individual or groups of economic operators (e.g. a group of farmers), with the exception of traders who are not involved in the production, processing or transformation of biomass or any of its derivatives.

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RSB Procedure for Accreditation Bodies

Reference code: RSB-PRO-75-001 Version: 3.1 Date: February 2018

RSB's Procedure for Accreditation Bodies ensures that accreditation bodies operating schemes for the accreditation of certification bodies take into account the specific features and requirements of the RSB standards and RSB certification systems and operate in a consistent, reliable and credible manner thereby facilitating their acceptance on a national and international basis.

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RSB Procedure for Certification Bodies and Auditors

Reference code: RSB-PRO-70-001 Version: 3.8 Date: August 2020

The RSB Procedure for Certification Bodies (CBs) and Auditors ensures that RSB CBs carry out evaluations and certification of operators against the RSB Standard in a stringent, efficient, impartial, consistent, comprehensive and transparent way. This procedure is based on the requirements of the international standards ISO/IEC 17065, ISO 19011, ISAE 3000 as well as the ISEAL Assurance Code.

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RSB Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance

Reference code: RSB-PRO-15-001 Version: 3.2 Date: January 2020

The RSB Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance describes how RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance are developed and modified. The process outlined in this document is intended to be open and transparent in compliance with the ISEAL (International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling) Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.

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RSB Standard for Adaptation to Biomass Production Standards

Reference code: RSB-STD-15-003 Version: 2.1 Date: March 2011

The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Biomass Production Standards ensures that RSB Principles, RSB Criteria and RSB Indicators can be adapted to integrate existing biomass production standards in the scope of certification of conformance with RSB Principles & Criteria. To this end the standard defines the requirements for the analysis of gaps between RSB Principles & Criteria and existing biomass production standards, for the development of RSB Interface Standards where necessary and for the process from application to decision on approval by RSB.

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RSB Standard for Adaptation to Crop Specific Conditions

Reference code: RSB-STD-15-001 Version: 2.1 Date: March 2011

"The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Crop Specific Conditions ensures that the RSB Principles & Criteria (and corresponding indicators) can be adapted to the political, legal, customary and/or technical social, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or economic conditions specific to the cultivation of a determined crop. "

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RSB Standard for Adaptation to Geographic Conditions

Reference code: RSB-STD-15-002 Version: 2.1 Date: March 2011

The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Geographic Conditions ensures that the RSB Principles & Criteria (and corresponding indicators) can be adapted to the political, legal, customary and/or technical social, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or economic conditions in a particular geographic regions.

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RSB Standards Workplan 2019-2020

Date: January 2019

RSB's Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2019-2020

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RSB Standards Workplan 2021-2022

Date: January 2021

RSB's Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2021-2022

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