About the certification body

An important information for preparing for certification in the «Vitality Leaf» system: applications, certification schemes, lists of documents, estimated cost of work, rights and obligations of applicants

The voluntary environmental certification body Ecological Union operates on a basis of a public environmental organization – the «Ecological Union».

The «Ecological Union» certification body is:

 

the first and only Russian certification body for products, works and services, which has the right to award type I “Vitality Leaf” ecolabel (ISO 14024 / GOST R ISO 14024).

accredited certification body that works in accordance with ISO 17065 / GOST R ISO / IEC 17065, registration number RA.RU.11HB64.

The address:

191002, St. Petersburg, Rubinstein Street, 15-17, lit. A., premise 70N.

Phone:

+7 (812) 571-38-38; e-mail: mail@ecounion.ru.

Head of certification department – head of the certification body:

Kuznetsova Evgenia Mikhailovna.

Our principles

  • A science-based approach to evaluating products and services, considering international best practices.

    Comprehensive on-site audit of production sites.

    Engaging of the accredited laboratories for product testing.

  • Clear procedures of certification and criteria development are always publicly available.

    Open data on the certificate of conformity issuance and its status: valid/suspended/canceled

    Non-disclosure of confidential information.

  • We are always open for discussion of our activities, including consideration of complaints and appeals.

  • Experts have proven experience in assessing compliance with ISO 14024.

    Experts with specialized environmental education, experience in environmental certification for more than 10 years and international qualification of leading auditors ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001.

    Director of the Ecological Union – Yulia Alexandrovna Gracheva, Ph.D., member of the Board of Directors of the Global EcoLabeling Network (GEN), auditor of the international certification bodies as part of the international GENICES program for the mutual recognition of ecolabels.

  • All applicants have equal rights and equal conditions for certification. The provision of certification services does not depend on the location, political views, financial situation, fame, national or religious orientation of the applicant.

Members of the management bodies and information on the employees of the certification body

The management of the certification body includes:

Head of the Certification Department – Head of the Certification Body: Kuznetsova Evgenia Mikhailovna

Phone: +7 (812) 571-38-38; e-mail: kuznetcova@ecounion.ru.

Quality Policy

The certification body adopts and implements the Quality Policy in order to provide an independent, objective and competent assessment of the conformity of products and services with the requirements of the “Vitality Leaf” Voluntary Environmental Certification System.

Quality Policy (The document is available upon request)

Description of the certification schemes

Determined by the Certification Body on the basis of an application completed by the Applicant

Product certification schemes

Certification schemes for works (services)

Complaints and Appeals Rules

In order to ensure a trustworthy attitude to the results of certification and protect the interests of applicants and other interested parties, the certification body “Ecological Union” is guided by the principle of timely response and consideration of complaints and appeals in the prescribed manner (documents are available upon request).

Complaints and appeals are submitted in writing and must contain the name of the organization / enterprise, legal and postal address, as well as the email address, telephone number, contact details and signature of the responsible person and, if necessary, documents confirming their validity.

Complaints and appeals should be sent to the postal address: Russian Federation, 191002, St. Petersburg, st. Rubinshteina, d. 15-17, Lit. A., pom. 70Н or to the email address referent@ecounion.ru.

The Ecological Union guarantees the confidentiality of all information received and the prevention of any action that could affect the confidentiality of the complaints and appeals process at all levels of organizations structure.

List of documents used in the conformity assessment process

The certification body conducts certification for compliance with the requirements of the Ecological Union Standards.

List of documents defining the requirements for conformity assessment (current version)

Functioning rules of the system of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services according to their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”
The procedure for conducting certification in the System of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services in their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”

Procedure for using the conformity label of the system of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services in their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”

Documents are available upon request.

Documents defining the procedure for certification in the System of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services according to their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”, including the rules and procedures for evaluating, issuing, extending, expanding or narrowing the scope, suspension, cancellation or refusal to issue the certificate

The procedure for conducting certification in the System of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services according to their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”

The document is available upon request.

General information about the fees charged to applicants and customers

The certification body “Ecological Union” working on conformity assessment is completely financially independent from any parties that may affect its impartiality. The work of the certification body is supported by the certification fee and the license fee for using the label.

Price list for environmental certification. The procedure for calculating the cost of certification services

Fees for the certification services, inspection control, as well as the license fee for using the conformity label are given in the “Price list” table.

The calculation of the cost is carried out in accordance with the document “Procedure for calculating the cost of providing services in the system of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services according to their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”.

Price list for environmental certification. The procedure for calculating the cost of certification services

The procedure for calculating the cost of providing services in the system of voluntary environmental certification of products, works and services according to their life cycle “Vitality Leaf”

The documents are available upon request.

List of testing laboratories (centers) used by the Certification body for research and analysis

 

Federal budgetary healthcare institution of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare “Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology in St. Petersburg”

Federal state budgetary institution “Federal Center for Assessing the Safety and Quality of Grain and Its Processing Products”Description of the rights and obligations of applicants related to the conformity assessment works

 

Rules for the applicant for conformity assessment works

The Certification Body establishes the following rules for applicants, the implementation of which is ensured by compliance with the articles of the contractual documents between the Certification body and the applicant:

1. The applicant is obliged to fulfill the established requirements for certification objects.

2. The applicant is obliged to take measures to control the fulfillment of the established requirements for certification objects.

3. The applicant is obliged to register and consider all complaints and appeals regarding the fulfillment of the requirements of the certification criteria. The applicant must notify the certification body of the receipt of such complaints and appeals.

4. The applicant is obliged to provide information and copies of the documents required for the certification scheme.

5. The Applicant is obliged to comply with the requirements for the use of the conformity label established in the document “Procedure for the application of the conformity label of the System”. The document is provided to the applicant together with a certificate of conformity.

6. The applicant is obliged to timely inform the certification body about changes related to the object of certification.

7. The Applicant is responsible for the correctness of the information provided to third parties regarding certified products/works/services, and for providing, if necessary, to other persons copies of certification documents reproduced in their entirety.

Description of the rights and obligations of applicants related to the conformity assessment works

Rules for the applicant for conformity assessment works

The Certification Body establishes the following rules for applicants, the implementation of which is ensured by compliance with the articles of the contractual documents between the Certification body and the applicant:

1. The applicant is obliged to fulfill the established requirements for certification objects.

2. The applicant is obliged to take measures to control the fulfillment of the established requirements for certification objects.

3. The applicant is obliged to register and consider all complaints and appeals regarding the fulfillment of the requirements of the certification criteria. The applicant must notify the certification body of the receipt of such complaints and appeals.

4. The applicant is obliged to provide information and copies of the documents required for the certification scheme.

5. The Applicant is obliged to comply with the requirements for the use of the conformity label established in the document “Procedure for the application of the conformity label of the System”. The document is provided to the applicant together with a certificate of conformity.

6. The applicant is obliged to timely inform the certification body about changes related to the object of certification.

7. The Applicant is responsible for the correctness of the information provided to third parties regarding certified products/works/services, and for providing, if necessary, to other persons copies of certification documents reproduced in their entirety.