We have been expecting an update to the R2 standard for a little while now, since the last update was done in 2013. The current standard has been in place for 5 years, and with the changes in technology that have occurred in that time, it’s been agreed that it’s time for an update.
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The new standard will be known as R2v3, and is currently in the public comment phase. The proposed changes to the existing standard were put together by SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), the governing body of the standard and the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee), a group that represents recyclers, auditors and certifying bodies, manufacturers and retailers, customers of R2 facilities, environmental agencies and advocates and others in the industry. Download Requirements Summary As mentioned, R2v3 is in the public comment phase. The public is encouraged to review the draft — download it here — and submit comments and suggestions within the 45 day public comment window. All comments will be considered by the TAC. Multiple public comment periods may be initiated as the TAC makes additional changes to the R2v3 draft. The final version of the R2v3 Standard is expected to be completed and approved in late 2019.


  • Most of the existing requirements in R2:2013 remain.
  • Some requirements have been clarified to achieve more consistent outcomes.
  • Requirements in key areas have been strengthened – especially in the areas of data protection; reuse/repair; managing the flow of material through the downstream; and environmental, health and safety.
  • 13 Provisions in R2:2013 reorganized into 10 Core Requirements.
  • Reorganization better reflects how requirements are implemented and mirrors the flow of materials through the reuse-recycling process.
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SERI is committed to hearing feedback from stakeholders so you are encouraged to make your voice heard! We expect a final version of R2v3 by the end of 2019. At that point, it is anticipated to be three (3) years to audit and certify to R2v3. Visit SERI’s website for information and follow us on TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn for continued updates on R2v3.


Join our free 45 minute webinar on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 2 PM (Eastern). Introducing R2v3: An Overview of the Expected Updates, led by Scott Jones, a member of the R2 Technical Advisory Committee and President of Glacier Consulting. He will review the highlights of how the next version of R2v3 will differ from R2:2013 and what is most important for recyclers.

Frequently Asked Question

ISO certification follows the same process, regardless of the ISO standard you are seeking:

  1. Establish, implement and verify your ISO management system
  2. Stage 1 audit – Documentation Review
  3. Stage 2 audit – Full system audit
  4. Closure of any findings
  5. Certification!

The standards that best suit your company vary by the industry you are in. In order to identify the standards that will provide your company with the greatest benefits, we recommend the following:

  1. Talk to your customers – many of them may require certain ISO standards.
  2. Evaluate your companies risks – see where your companies great liabilities are what needs to be controlled (e.g. quality, environmental aspects, health & safety hazards, IT security, etc.).
  3. Be proactive and identify new business opportunities – evaluate new areas / industries you want to grow your business. Often times, these new industries may require some sort of certification in order to enter. Certification takes time, so being proactive and having the certifications before bidding on projects can put you ahead of your competition.

The time to become ISO certified really depends on a few different factors:

  1. The resources you have available to support the ISO process
  2. Your own internal timeframe that you need / want to be certified by
  3. The standard’s requirement for how much evidence you need to support certification

Certification requires you to show through objective evidence that you have an effective ISO management system in place. In order to do this, you need to show that you have sufficient evidence available to support this claim. At a minimum, most standards will require 3 months of evidence of implementing your management system in order to be certified.

Some standards, such as IATF 16949, may require a minimum of one year of evidence to support certification.

The cost for certification can vary greatly from one company to another. There are typically several factors that go into the costs for certification:

  1. Certification body fees
  2. Certification body audit day rates
  3. Auditor travel costs
  4. Standard license fees (e.g. R2, RIOS, eStewards license fees)
  5. Consulting Fees

Audit time and consulting time is typically based on the following factors:

  1. Number of employees
  2. Number of processes and the risks associated with those processes
  3. Number of locations

We have the experience to help you navigate the certification body costs and possible discounts they can offer.

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ISO certification shows your customers that you follow industry best practices and that your business is well structured and ready for growth.

Each ISO standard has its own benefits, for example:

  • ISO 9001 – Ensures you provide your customers with a quality product or service
  • ISO 27001 – Protects your information, data and reputation
  • ISO 14001 – Reduces your environmental impact
  • ISO 45001 – Protects your workers
  • Responsible Recycling (R2) – ensures responsible management of used electronics

Common benefits across all ISO standard include:

  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • More engaged employees
  • Reduced risks
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • Helps with project bidding

By achieving and maintaining an ISO certification, you are showing your company’s commitment to achieving your objectives, improving your business and increasing the credibility and customer confidence in your product or service.

Yes. We have been providing remote auditing and consulting services for years. We have found remote auditing and consulting to be just as effective as on-site. We use a variety of tools to ensure we are thorough in our remote services, while saving you time and money.

The great thing about working with Glacier consulting is that you don’t need anything in place to get started. We will work with you ever step of the way to ensure you have everything you need to get certified.

Most companies have far more in place than they realize. Just because it may not be documented, doesn’t mean you don’t have processes in place. We will work with your team to improve, streamline and formalize these processes.

One of the most common questions we get is how much time and effort does it take to get and maintain certification. The bulk of the effort should be at the beginning to get your management system established and implemented. To do this, we take what you already do and formalize it to meet the standard requirements. There may be some minor tweaking done, but this typically only improves and streamlines your process.

Once your ISO management system is in place, maintaining it should be as easy as breathing because it should become part of your culture and everyday operations. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t think of it as your ISO system, you should think of it as simply your way of operating your company.

We work with countless ISO standards. We’ve only listed the most common ISO standards typically sought after. We have a diverse team with tremendous knowledge in many of the ISO standards. Contact us and let us know what standard you are interested in. If we don’t offer that service, we can find you someone who can.

We can tailor a service specific to your needs to help you along your ISO journey. We can provide basic guidance to full “White Glove” support. If it’s business or ISO related, we’ve got you covered. A few of our services include:

  1. General ISO Consulting
  2. Documentation Prep
  3. Training
  4. Auditing
  5. Maintenance

Contact us with any questions you have or for services not listed here.