We are a world-leading, transparent and independent certification scheme for wood pellets. From production to delivery, we guarantee quality and combat fraud along the entire supply chain.
ENplus® operates as a third-party certification scheme. Behind this expression lies the guarantee of our total impartiality. It means that the conformity is assessed by accredited organisations, it means that the developments and updates brought onto our requirements are made in complete independence. It means, in short, that pellet quality is the only ulterior motive, and all that matters.
Independent organisations known as Certification Bodies are competent to judge whether an applying company complies with the requirements, or if its certificate should be suspended. All listed Certification Bodies are accredited (ISO/IEC 17065 with a specific scope) and approved by the Head Office.
Inspection Bodies are in charge of conducting scheduled and unscheduled audits of certified companies or companies willing to enter the scheme. Testing Bodies are in charge of conducting a set of standardised laboratory test on product samples. The results are then communicated to the selected Certification Body, which decides whether to deliver the ENplus® certificate. All listed Inspection and Testing Bodies must be accredited and approved by the Head Office.
If ENplus® became a worldwide synonym quality in less than a decade, it owes it largely to its wide scope encompassing the entire wood pellet supply chain. From the early stages of production to the delivery process, we make sure that all actors have detailed guidelines, efficient monitoring procedures, and dedicated training at their disposal to ensure high and consistent quality levels.
Of course, the pellets themselves must also meet a variety of technical specifications. In addition to length and diameter, ENplus® pellets are also tested for mechanical durability, percentage of fines, bulk density, etc. Ash and moisture content must stay in check too, as well as the calorific values and the percentage of additives. All this to guarantee that pellet appliances will perform at their best, with no hassle, and for a long time, when fueled with ENplus® pellets.
To fully grasp the raison d’être of the ENplus® scheme, it is essential to distinguish a standard from a certification. A standard defines a specific set of requirements, specifications, or characteristics of a product, process or service. Standards are managed by international bodies such as ISO or CEN, and based on the expertise and contributions from various stakeholders. While certain pieces of legislation may refer to it, standards serve as guidelines and not as a legally binding framework.
A certification is the proof that a product, process, or service meets specific requirements. These requirements are typically laid out in an international standard, but they may also vary from it. It is the case for the ENplus® scheme for example, whose requirements are largely based on the ISO 17225 standard but go further on some specific aspects.
In essence, certification schemes such as ENplus® save consumers the tedious task of checking product characteristics against the ISO standard by conducting a systematic, streamlined verification process. That’s why it is essential for a certification scheme to be transparent and independent, to protect its trademark and to combat fraud everywhere to ensure that the seal can always be trusted.