Accreditation of certification bodies


We have an Accreditation Program for certification bodies that aims to expand certification capacity globally and ensure highly credible certification processes centered on quality, integrity and competitiveness.

The program is focused on preserving the spirit of SAN’s mission while ensuring high quality certification management and the continuing development of a highly qualified pool of auditors.

Our certifier accreditation includes ISO65 requirements and additional SAN criteria to ensure high quality audits. SAN criteria include auditor compliance with the Auditor Competence Program, which ensures that the system has professionals with exceptional skills, professional experience, training and continual development.


SAN’s accredited certification bodies must demonstrate a high level of technical and operational capacity to conduct the work effectively and efficiently. Additionally, their objectives should be aligned with the SAN mission.

We aim to build a community of certifiers that not only have the technical ability to conduct audits and award certification, but they also share our conservation mission, our vision and passion for sustainable agriculture,and our commitment to improving the livelihoods of rural communities around the world.

If you are interested in becoming accredited as a certifier in our system, follow these steps:

  1. 1- Send an email to requesting the materials package including the requirements and the Certification Body Application Form.
  2. 2- Complete the form and the application to start the pre-evaluation process. This process can take up to 60 days.
  3. If your pre-evaluation is positive, SAN will send you a letter with instructions for continuing the accreditation process.
  4. Submit these documents to the SAN accreditation body to complete the process.

Although our system is open to the involvement of new certifiers, we are currently assessing our global assurance model and temporarily we are not receiving new applications to accredit new certification bodies.

If you want to know our Accreditation Requirements for Certification Bodies click here

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