Claiming certificates

The claimed state is the final stage of the certificate lifecycle. In most registries, claiming is achieved by sending the certificate to a specific "claimed" account. The main purpose of claiming is to ensure that the certificate can't move to any other account. This means that claimed certificates can't be moved, unclaimed, suspended, or changed in any other way. This is why claimed certificates are used for sustainability reporting. The claimed state also ensures that all audited certificates will always stay in the same account. For the purposes of auditing, users can grant 3rd parties (auditors) view access to their claimed account.

In Origin, users can claim the certificates that they own through a user interface. Once claimed, it permits the owner from performing any action with it and especially prevents the certificate from changing ownership. Claimed certificates cannot be moved to the exchange or be transferred to another user. Claiming also permits any other entity from performing any action with the certificate. The issuer, for example, cannot suspend a claimed certificate, like it is normally possible with any certificate at any time. Certificates that have been kept private by the owner, concealing volume information, are made public before they are claimed. Only public certificates can be claimed to ensure transparency and prevent double counting. Since all claimed certificates are public, everyone has full view access to the certificates that have been claimed by users. As a result, possible auditors can review them and validate the certificates for sustainability reporting. The properties of claimed certificates in Origin give auditors and the public the assurance that no certificate that has been used for sustainability reporting can ever be used for anything else.

If the Origin is integrated with a certificate registry, changing the certificate status to claimed can only be executed if it has been approved by the registry. This means that a certificate can only be claimed in Origin once it has been successfully transferred to the claimed account within the certificate registry. Every request to claim the certificate in Origin, therefore, triggers a transfer in the certificate registry, which if successful, triggers a status change to claimed in the Origin system. This way, everyone can rely on the fact that the certificate is claimed in accordance with the standard and is fully regulatory compliant


  1. Only certificate owner can claim certificate.

  2. Claimed certificates cannot change ownership or be altered in any form.

  3. Third parties need view access to all claimed certificates tied to a specific organization.

  4. Certificate can only be claimed in Origin once this is approved in the certificate registry.

  5. Claimed certificates cannot be suspended.