An administrative fee of EUR 1,000 is payable to process the review of a CoreTrustSeal certification.

Why an administrative fee? The administrative fee is a contribution towards the cost of operation, maintenance and development of the CoreTrustSeal certification service. It is also used develop training material for reviewers and ultimately provide a robust and sustainable certification service.

How and when to pay the fee? An invoice will be sent to the applicant when they submit their self-assessment for review. Payments will be made to the CoreTrustSeal Foundation account—the non profit legal entity under Dutch law operating the CoreTrustSeal certification service. Once payment is received the self assessment is reviewed.

How many revised submissions are allowed? A maximum of 5 revised self-assessments can be reviewed as part of the same paid application leading to a certification valid for 3 years. Additional revisions can be accepted at the discretion of the CoreTrustSeal Board.

Can I get a waiver? The administrative fee may be waived in exceptional cases and at the discretion of the CoreTrustSeal Board. For example repositories located in Low and Middle Income Countries may request a waiver. The decision to waive the administrative fee will depend on eligibility of the repository and solvency of the CoreTrustSeal Foundation.

Are volume discounts available? A volume discount of -25% is available for umbrella organizations certifying ten (10) or more data repositories. The administrative fee must be paid upfront for processing 10 or more certifications by the umbrella organisation. The vouchers can be used during a 3-year period and additional vouchers can be added at the same discounted rate.

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