ASC invites farms and certifiers to register for pilot testing of the draft group certification requirements.
Group certification will enable ASC to operate as an inclusive programme, ensuring that small-scale operations can enter the ASC programme and become certified against the standards.
An initial draft of the group certification requirements will be available in early 2014. These requirements will set out the conditions which must be met by auditors (experiences, competencies, trainings etc.) and which must be applied by them when assessing and certifying groups of farms.
When finalised these will be added to ASC’s existing Farm Certification and Accreditation Requirements and will apply across ASC’s species specific standards.
The initial draft methodology will be used for a series of field tests and – in parallel – will be put out for public consultation.
Farms and certifiers will share the costs for the pilots. The field testing is expected to be a useful initial step towards pilot farms’ certification later, as it will provide a good gap-analysis between the farms’ current performance levels and the requirements in the relevant ASC standard.
Pilots will take place between 1 March and 30 June 2014. Interested farms and certification bodies are kindly invited to register for the pilot at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional questions please use the same email address.