R2v3 FAQs

This is a simple list of FAQs to help companies seeking the R2v3 certification.

For more detailed information, please visit the SERI website.

Core Requirement 1. Scope

How do I write the Scope statement for R2v3?

Be sure to include all R2 relevant processes; equipment, component and material streams managed.

What evidence can I provide for the nature of my business?

Evidence could be an image of the facility, a government license, a self certification etc.

What does secondary facility mean?

Any other locations or under the R2 Facility’s control and related to the certification – such as an extra warehouse or collection site, must ALSO be included in the scope.

What exactly do I need to provide in my public list of locations?

A current listing of all additional locations owned and/or operated by the R2 Facility that are not R2 Certified and are used to manage used or end-of-life electronic equipment, components, or materials.

Core Requirement 2. Hierarchy of Responsible Management Strategies

What are some guidelines for creating Hierarchy of Responsible Management Strategies?

This is a management policy for managing end-of- life electronic equipment, components, and materials. Companies seeking the R2v3 certification need to develop and adhere to a policy for managing used and end-of-life electronic equipment, components, and materials that is based on a hierarchy of responsible management strategies prioritizing reuse first, followed by materials recovery for recycling into new products.

How are materials evaluated?

The evaluation depends on physical condition, functionality, and value in the destination market as laid out in Core 6.

Can reuse be handled in-house?

Reuse can be handled in-house by Appendix C facilities OR outsourced to an Appendix A compatible vendor

Can recycling be handled in house?

Recycling can be handled in-house by Appendix E facilities OR outsourced to an Appendix A compatible vendor

In which situations is disposal permitted?

Disposal is only permitted in rare circumstances when no reuse or recovery options are available to the facility

Core Requirement 3. Legal and Other Requirements

What are some guidelines for creating the legal compliance plan?

  1. The plan identifies applicable legal requirements – environment, health & safety, data security, import/export.
  2. The plan lays out how facility will maintain compliance, including controls and procedures, competence and monitoring.
  3. The plan also identifies and documents the import and export requirements of all the countries that the materials are transiting through.

Does the legal compliance plan only need to be created once?

There should be periodic audits to make sure that Facility remains compliant

What can be presented as evidence of import and export compliance?

Evidence could be an import/export permit, a letter from the relevant authorities, or a link on the website of the import/export department of a country