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SAN clarification on ‘consultancy’

January 23, 2014

The Sustainable Agriculture Network have updated their accreditation requirements to clarify their understanding of permitted technical assistance activities by Certification bodies. ISO Guide 65 /17065 makes clear that consulting cannot be conducted within the same legal entity. At the same time it has been the norm for SAN CBs to provide some form of ‘technical assistance’ to producers. With this in mind SAN wanted to make clear the boundaries of advice that may be performed by certification bodies or linked departments in the same legal entity. The key element of understanding is that technical assistance may not offer solutions to obstacles to certification. The exact text can be consulted at section 1f of the SAN accreditation requirements updated in October 2013 available from the SAN web site.