|Certification Scheme development||Start||End|
|The Readiness Standard (CRS) for exploration||January 2023||June 2024|
|The Performance standard (CPS) for downstream||June 2023||December 2024|
|The Chain of Custody Standard (CCS) for up- and downstream||January 2023||December 2025|
|The Final Product Standard (CFS) for final downstream products||January 2024||December 2025|
From the beginning, TÜV NORD GROUP took the lead in shaping the development of the CERA 4in1 research project, building on and trusting in the expertise of its group entities: TNCERT (as the Certificate Owner) and DMT (as an authority in Mining & Sustainability).
The concept of creating an affordable, universal and standardized certification system was initially conceptualized by TÜV NORD GROUP in 2015. After becoming a research project, CERA 4in1 received funding from EIT RawMaterials for the period of 2017 - 2021. EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. The finalization of all CERA 4in1 standards is performed as part of the MaDiTraCe project until 2026.