Accreditation

 The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) has developed an accreditation program for certifiers that wish to certify farms that meet the requirements of the SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard.  This program allows for greater certification capacity on a global level while ensuring high quality farm certification processes and additional credibility to SAN system processes.

To better understand the SAN system, it is useful to understand its structure and the separation of functions among its operating bodies. The basic elements of a certification system include standards, certification, accreditation and labeling. In the SAN system, the SAN is the standards-setting body. Rainforest Alliance is the labeling organization and the accredited certification bodies are responsible for granting certificates to farms and chain of csutody operations which meet the requirements of the SAN standards. Some certification bodies work with a number of independent inspection bodies that carry out individual inspections to verify compliance with the SAN standards. 
  
The accredited certification bodies are independent entities that make all certification decisions in the system. In 2008, the SAN board decided to go beyond ISO65 and create an independent accreditation system.  This quality system includes ISO65, additional SAN criteria and interpretation guidance for the SAN standard. It enables IOAS, an independent accreditation body, to accredit certification bodies that carry out certification activities.

The SAN’s standard-setting procedures comply with ISEAL's Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.  This is the relevant and internationally recognized code for standard-setting organizations.

For inquiries regarding accreditation, please contact accreditation@sanstandards.org