Principles and criteria

What can be certified?

What can be certified?

CERUB certification applies to rubber materials derived from old tyres. These materials are tyre shreds, granulates, and powder. No additional substances are added to the material, nor it is treated chemically. It means that the chemical composition of the rubber must remain equivalent to virgin tyre. With this, we can make sure the quality of the produced material is controlled and known. The rubber material may contain small amounts of steel or textile fibres originating from virgin tyres 

Only tyre derived rubber of which end-use application is known can be certified. That means that the certification is always specific for a defined use. With this, we make sure the material quality requirements for safe use in the particular use will be met.

Those tyre derived rubber materials that are produced and distributed to markets according to CERUB criteria can be certified. The production chain includes the sourcing, storing and sorting of end-of-life tyres as well as the production and distribution of produced rubber materials. See full description of the production chain.

Who can apply for a certificate?

CERUB certificate can be granted to organisations transporting, manufacturing and distributing rubber materials derived from end-of-life tyres. Organisations in European countries whose national coordinative association in tyre recycling is a partner of CERUB can apply for a certificate. For example, the tyre producer responsibility organisation is a referred national organisation. Find the CERUB member countries on the contact-page.

What does the certification ID stand for?  

The certificate is always specific to the (1) manufacturing process, (2) the fraction produced, and the defined (3) end-use application the fraction is manufactured for. These three modules are specified in the two latter parts of the certification ID. The certificate is granted for an organisation. The first part of the ID identifies the organisation and its’ country of location. The organisation can apply for and hold several certifications.  

Example of certification ID: SE01-ST-GR002. 

How to get a certification

How do I apply?

You can register your company and apply the certificate on the CERUB website. CERUB Association will review your company registration and certification application. Once the review is done, you will get an email about the decision and instructions on how you can proceed with your application. Register your company and apply for certification.

Is external audit required?

Yes, an external auditor verifies if the organisation’s procedures fulfil the CERUB criteria.  DNV GL, as an accredited verification body, performs the third-party audit. According to it’s findings, the auditor proposes CERUB Association to issue or deny the certificate. If your organisation operates in several locations or units, they will be included in external verification. The CERUB Association assesses the auditors’ proposal and issues or denies the certificate to your organisation.

 

Maintaining certification

CERUB certification is a self-declared certification system. Your organisation must conduct annual internal audits to evaluate the  actualisation of the CERUB criteria. If your organisation operates in several units or locations, each unit or location must be surveyed at least once in three years period. Headquarter operations must be surveyed every year.  

The self-declaration is verified by an external auditor once in every three years. The CERUB certificate is valid for three years.  CERUB Association is authorised to conduct additional surveillance in the organisation holding a certification. 

How to get CERUB to my country?

If you are interested in certification, but CERUB is not represented in your country yet, contact CERUB for further information.

Principles and Criteria

1. Compliance with law and regulations

  • The organisation and its’ subcontractors within the production chain shall be legally registered companies.
  • The organisation shall have a signed agreement with all subcontractors.
  • The subcontractors shall provide annual statements of their financial, legal and tax status to the organisation.
  • Applicable legislation, including anti-corruption legislation, and other requirements governing the production chain operations and ELT-derived rubber materials shall be identified and documented.
  • Legislative and other requirements shall be incorporated into the organisation’s operations.
  • Applicable legislation and other requirements as well as the actualisation of the requirements’ incorporation shall be reviewed, at minimum, annually and always after an accident, incident or near miss of an accident, in the case of a customer complaint, and in association with any major changes in the organisation’s operations or in the production chain.
  • The organisation’s management shall publicly commit to an anti-corruption policy which applies to the organisation’s and subcontractors’ employees. In the policy, the roles of different levels of the organisation and subcontractors shall be described.
  • A whistleblowing procedure for workers to report suspected misconduct, illegal acts or other deficiencies shall be identified and implemented.
  • Reported misconducts and deficiencies shall be assessed and necessary remedial and preventive measures are taken by the organisation’s management without undue delay.
  • In the case of law-breaking or any form of corruption occurring, a root cause analysis shall be conducted, and adequate disciplinary, predictive, preventive and remedial measures shall be defined and implemented.

2. Traced material flows

  • All sites where end-of-life tyres or ELT-derived materials are sourced, stored, processed or distributed shall be documented. The documentation shall include the address of the site and the contact information of a responsible person.
  • All end-of-life tyres or ELT-derived materials received at sites, in any phase of the production chain, shall be documented with their weight or volume and source of origin.
  • All end-of-life tyres or ELT-derived materials distributed from any sites in the production chain, shall be documented with their weight or volume and the recipient of the material.
  • Documents and invoices shall be kept, at minimum, for three years or as regulated in the applicable legislation.

3. Availability and validity of CERUB information

  • The organisation’s management’s commitment to CERUB’s principles and objectives shall be publicly available and reviewed at minimum once every three years.
  • The documents shall be recorded and stored in such a way up-to-date formation is easy to access for workers and other authorised persons for whom the information is essential for the effective execution of the CERUB criteria.
  • Any information on the organisation’s operations and ELT-derived rubber materials shall be available to the authorities upon request without undue delay.
  • The organisation shall conduct annual internal reviews (internal audits) to survey the actualisation of the CERUB criteria within the production chain. If the organisation operates in several units or locations, each unit or location shall be reviewed at least once in three years period. Operations run in headquarters shall be surveyed annually.

4. Enhancement of occupational health and safety

  • Occupational health and safety risks in the production chain shall be assessed (risk assessment). The assessment shall include risk predictive, preventive and reducing procedures.
  • The risk assessment shall be reviewed, at minimum, annually and always after an accident, incident or near miss of an accident and in association with any major changes in the organisation’s operations or in the production chain.
  • • In the case of an accident, incident or near miss of an accident, a root cause analysis shall be conducted, and adequate remedial and preventive measures shall be defined and implemented. The remedial and preventive measures shall be taken at a level of detail, scale and urgency that is proportionate to the existent risk of a negative impact.
  • Workers shall be involved in the risk assessment, root cause analysis and planning of risk management procedures.
  • Instructions for safe working practices in day-to-day work shall be included in workers’ job-specific introduction and work instructions.
  • If the job requires specific qualifications, permits or competencies from the workers, the validity of these qualifications, permits or competencies shall be ensured.
  • Training to ensure workers’ awareness, knowledge and skills for safe working practices shall be planned and held. The frequency and content of training sessions shall be planned to meet workers’ needs and the requirements set by their occupational responsibilities.
  • The sufficiency and applicability of the planned training and applied instructions shall be reviewed, at minimum, every two years and always in association with Occupational health and safety risk assessment, root cause analysis and at any major changes in the organisation’s operations or in the production chain.
  • A timely mechanism for workers to report possibly occurring occupational health and safety deficiencies shall be identified and implemented.
  • Employee incentive procedures shall be planned and implemented to encourage employees to contribute to the maintenance and development of occupational health in the production chain.
  • Reported deficiencies shall be evaluated and necessary hazard preventive measures taken by the organisation’s management without undue delay.

5. Good environmental performance

  • The environmental risks in the production chain operations shall be assessed (risk assessment). The assessment shall include risk predictive, preventive and reducing procedures.
  • The risk assessment shall be reviewed, at minimum, annually and always after an accident, incident or near miss of an accident, in the case of a customer complaint and in association with any major changes in the organisation’s operations or in the production chain.
  • In the case of an accident, incident or near miss of an accident, a root cause analysis shall be conducted, and adequate remedial and preventive measures shall be defined and implemented. The remedial and preventive measures shall be taken at a level of detail, scale and urgency that is proportionate to the existent risk of a negative impact
  • Workers shall be involved in the risk assessment, root cause analysis and planning of risk management procedures.
  • Instructions for taking environmental aspects into account in day-to-day work shall be included in workers’ job-specific introduction and work instructions.
  • Training to ensure workers’ awareness, knowledge and skills to enhance environmental performance shall be planned and held. The frequency and content of training sessions shall be planned to meet workers’ needs and the requirements set by their occupational responsibilities.
  • The sufficiency and applicability of planned training and applied instructions shall be reviewed, at minimum, every two years and always in association with an environmental risk assessment, root cause analysis and at any major changes in the organisation’s operations or in the production chain.
  • A timely mechanism for workers to report possibly occurring environmental deficiencies shall be identified and implemented.
  • Reported deficiencies shall be evaluated and necessary hazard preventive measures taken by the organisation’s management without undue delay.
  • Employee incentive procedures shall be planned and implemented to encourage employees to contribute to the maintenance and development of environmental performance in the production chain.

6. Quality assurance and applicable user information

  • The organisation shall define the material quality specifications that are essential for the safe end-use of the material. The material quality specifications shall be based on, at minimum, the applicable standards, norms, legislative and other regulations concerning the intended end-use of the ELT-derived rubber materials. When distributing materials to several countries, the organisation shall identify the applicable regulation in the respective country.
  • The organisation shall define and implement applicable quality control procedures within the production chain to ensure that the material quality specifications of the distributed ELT-derived rubber materials are met.
  • •The quality control procedures shall include a sampling plan. The objective of it is to verify that the distributed ELT-derived rubber material meets the defined material quality specifications. All sampling and analysis shall be conducted using standardised methods and the results of the analysis shall be reported in consistently specified units.
  • The quality control procedures shall be reviewed, at minimum once every two years, and always in association with any remarkable nonconformities or major changes in the raw material used, production processes, or conditions of end-using application. The quality control procedures shall also be reviewed in association with relevant changes in applicable standards, norms, legislative or other regulations, and in association with other circumstances that may affect the potentially occurring environmental and public health impacts of the material.
  • If cases of nonconformities occur in the quality control procedures or material quality, a root cause analysis shall be conducted, and adequate remedial, preventive and predictive measures shall be defined and implemented. The remedial, preventive and predictive measures shall be taken at a level of detail, scale and urgency that is proportionate to the existent risk of a negative impact.
  • The ELT-derived rubber material shall be delivered with relevant, documented user information, which provides advice on the safe handling, storage, application and disposal of materials (e.g. product safety sheet, user manual with instructions for safe handling, storage, application and disposal of the material, instructions for applicable authority reports, permits and other regulatory obligations related to the end-usage of ELT-derived rubber materials and product data sheet).