Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel

Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel
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What are the application and procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel? - Khanh Trung (Ben Tre)

Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel

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Regarding this issue, LawNet would like to answer as follows:

1. Application for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel

Application for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel according to Article 146 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP includes:

- An application form for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel for ecofriendly products and services, which is made using the form in the Appendix XXXII enclosed with Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

Appendix XXXII

- A report on products and services satisfying Vietnam Ecolabel criteria, which is made using the form in the Appendix XXXIII enclosed with Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

Appendix XXXIII

- The product testing result which must be given no more than 06 months before the date on which MONRE receives a valid application enclosed with a sample of the product to be certified. The product testing must be conducted by testing bodies satisfying the regulations laid down in Article 149 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

- A drawing or photo of the industrial design with 21 cm x 29 cm dimensions and description of the product's specifications.

- The application for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel shall be valid for 06 months from the date on which an application acknowledgement receipt is issued. If the 06-month period expires, the applicant shall submit a new application.

2. Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel

Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel according to Article 147 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP are as follows:

- Within 05 days from the receipt of the application, MONRE shall consider its adequacy and validity; if the application is not sufficient and valid, request the applicant in writing to complete it.

Within 30 days from the receipt of a sufficient and valid application, MONRE shall carry out an assessment according to the procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel as prescribed in clause 2 of Article 147 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

- Procedures for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel include the following activities:

= Establishing an assessment council; carrying out a site survey;

= Holding an assessment council’s meeting;

= Where necessary, carrying out an expert assessment to assess the conformity with the vietnam ecolabel criteria.

If the assessment result shows that the product or service satisfies the Vietnam Ecolabel criteria, MONRE shall promulgate a decision on certification of Vietnam Ecolabel for product/service. If the assessment result shows that the product or service fails to satisfy the Vietnam Ecolabel criteria, MONRE shall send the applicant a written notification specifying the reasons for such failure.

- If the applicant wishes to keep applying for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel, 03 months before the expiry date of the decision on certification of Vietnam Ecolabel, the organization or individual issued with the decision on certification of Vietnam Ecolabel shall prepare an application as prescribed in Article 146 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

- If the applicant changes any technical specification or characteristic of the product or service or make another change in relation to the Vietnam Ecolabel criteria, they shall submit an application for assessment and certification to MONRE as prescribed in Article 148 of Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

- The decision on certification of Vietnam Ecolabel for product/service shall be made using the form in the Appendix XXXIV enclosed with Decree 08/2022/ND-CP.

- MONRE shall provide for assessment of products and services satisfying the Vietnam Ecolabel criteria; form of the report on results of assessment of applications for certification of Vietnam Ecolabel for products and services satisfying the Vietnam Ecolabel criteria.

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