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GoodChips® is the first international certification program for wood chips and hog fuel.

It aims to increase the transparency of this growing but chaotic market and to facilitate international trade by providing a set of international accepted quality criteria.

The GoodChips® scheme features 12 quality classes, 8 for wood chips and 4 for hog fuel. This allows for a precise definition of the requirements, which in turn ensures that every type of profile on the market is met.

Control Union is the first CB recognised for GoodChips® certification and is able to conduct certification audits inside and outside of Europe, for producers and traders of wood chips and hog fuel.

Advantages of getting certified/How you benefit

  • A certification seal provided by a third-party scheme is an effective way to earn and maintain customers’ trust
  • the common framework created by the standard greatly facilitates international trade. This results in a greater reach of your product.
  • By providing a set of worldwide quality standards, GoodChips® creates a common framework for all players that greatly facilitates international trade.
  • Increased visibility for your brand: every company certified by GoodChips® is listed, mapped, and searchable on the scheme’s website, with its own individual profile.
  • GoodChips®-certified producers and traders will benefit from a head start in case new legislative frameworks are adopted regarding the reduction of air emissions.
  • The implementation of a standardised quality management system, as required by the scheme, results in a more effective internal communication and, fewer interventions on the production line and can thus be more cost effective.

Requirements of the standard

  • Technical requirements (origin and source, moisture content, particle size distribution, ash content, net calorific value)
  • Process requirements (aimed at ensuring that the production/processing/handling practices are performed to satisfactory support the product requirements)
  • Requirements for labelling, logistics and storage
  • Management-System requirements


For all other questions about this process please contact us by telephone on weekdays between 08:30 and 17:00 (+49 (0)30/509 69 88-0) or E-mail (berlin@controlunion.com). We look forward to answering your questions.