How are our standards developed?
The process for the development of the SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standards is long and detailed, involving many technical and civil society stakeholders.
The SAN Standards are updated at least every five years using a general Public Consultation process involving producers and industries, consumers, other NGOs, academic bodies, auditors, trade unions and governments.
Our standards must be of high quality and have wide credibility, therefore their development complies with the Codes of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling (ISEAL) Alliance.
ISEAL is an association of leading voluntary organizations for the development of standards and compliance assessment, which focuses on environmental and social issues. Its members collaborate to obtain recognition, continuing improvement and international legitimacy for their programs,which aim to promote the interests of workers, communities and the environment in the international market.
The transparency and robustness of the processes to develop the SAN standards is ensured through two committees of international experts that make decisions on the content of the standards, making revisions and updates, advising the public consultation processes and evaluating the rules that govern the operations of the system.
In short, they ensure that the standards and policies are designed and maintained for their efficient application; these working groups are the International Standards Committee (ISC) and the Technical Operations Committee (TOC).