Issue 3 - Coming Soon

The revision and evolution of our Standards are at the heart of our work. By reviewing our standards, we can ensure that they incorporate the latest industry trends and operations, practical experiences and best practices from the industry. The revision process enables us to take into account the changing expectations, regulatory requirements and consumer needs. It provides the opportunity to build on the value that our customers and stakeholders gain from the use of our Standards. There has been a year-on-year increase in the recognition of the Standard, and there are currently 600 certificated businesses.

We have completed an extensive consultation in February 2021, which included input from international stakeholders representing agents & brokers, Regulators, retailers, food service companies, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts. 

Publication timeline

As with all revisions of our Global Standards, there must be a transition period between consultation, publication of the complete, finalised Standard and full implementation of the Standard. Therefore:

  • Issue 3 will be published in October 2021 
  • Certification against Issue 3 will commence from 1st April 2022.  


All certificates issued against audits carried out prior to this date will be against Issue 2 and be valid for the period specified on the certificate.