The purpose of the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP) assessment process is to provide an objective determination of conformance to the requirements of the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS).
The recycler must be able to demonstrate with objective, verifiable evidence, conformance with the requirements of the ERS and compliance to all applicable regulatory requirements.
Prior to consideration for use under any of the industry-led provincial programs, the primary recycler’s operations, as well as the operations of all downstream recyclers that handle material associated with or generated from the EOLE must be assessed and approved by the RQO.
A primary recycler may initiate the assessment process by completing the RQP Application Form and submitting it to the RQO with all necessary supporting information. Primary recyclers are responsible for ensuring that adequate supporting documentation is provided, as incomplete applications will not be assessed.
The RQO will conduct a preliminary review of the application and supporting information for adequacy, and if suitable information has been provided, a document audit will be initiated against the requirements of the ERS. All document audit findings will be reported back to the recycler and corrective action plans will be required for any nonconformances. All nonconformances must be satisfactorily addressed prior to initiating an on-site audit.
Upon completion of the document audit, an on-site audit will be scheduled for the primary recycler’s facility. All on-site audit findings will be reported back to the recycler and corrective action plans will be required for any nonconformances. All nonconformances must be satisfactorily addressed prior to initiating any downstream audits. Following a successful assessment of the primary recycler and the closure of all nonconformances, a similar assessment process will be undertaken for each downstream recycler.
All audit findings must be satisfactorily closed out by the recycler within the allotted timeframes defined in the RQP. Inability of a recycler to provide satisfactory response within these timeframes will result in closure of the audit.
Upon completion of all outstanding issues, the RQO will prepare a final statement of verification under the RQP, which will be communicated to the provincial programs.