Farm Certification

Farm Certification

Certification at the Farm Level

In this section you will find information and links to resources to help with the process of implementing the RWS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please contact us directly.

  • The RWS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the wool farmers and through to the seller in the final business to business transaction. 
  • The Responsible Wool Standard contains animal welfare, land management and chain of custody requirements that have to be met on farms.
  • Subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard (CCS) requirements.

How to Get Certified

Farms can become certified to the RWS individually or as part of a Farm Group.

A farm may qualify to be certified to the Responsible Wool Standard as part of a group rather than individually. This will save on auditing and certification costs. Farm groups can be co-operatives, associations, or similar organizations. The Farm Group can be self-organized and run by members, or organized by a separate entity such as a trader or broker.

All farms participating in a Farm Group are subject to the full requirements of the RWS and the Farm Group must develop an Internal Control System (ICS) to ensure compliance to the RWS by all farms within the group.

The process below applies to individually certified farms. For information about joining a Farm Group, contact groups directly. 

  1. Contact an approved certification body (CB) to request services.
  2. Fill out the application form from the CB along with information about your farm (RWS Farm Questions).
  3. Upon receipt of your completed application, the CB will decide if your farm appears likely to comply with the standard and prepare an offer that includes their fee structure.
  4. After the offer is accepted, you will be asked to sign a contract with the CB. This contract will be valid for the duration of the scope certificate (3 years) and will need to be renewed after that.
  5. Ensure you are clear about all requirements prior to the audit, so all necessary documents are prepared and in accordance with the standard. Good preparation can reduce certification cost by saving auditing time. The RWS support documents are available to assist with this preparation.
  6. The CB will send an auditor to your farm to observe operations on the farm, interview you and workers, and examine records related to the requirements of the standard. The first audit will be an announced audit that will be scheduled in advance.
  7. The results of the audit will be sent to the CB office; a separate person will review them and make a final certification decision. If non-conformities are noted, you will be given a period of time to correct them, and will either submit proof of the corrections, or pay the cost of an additional inspection by the CB.
  8. Once the CB has granted certification to the RWS, you will be given a scope certificate that verifies you are able to comply with the standard. This certificate is valid for a period of three years with an audit taking place each calendar year. Audits may be scheduled to take place during times of higher risk (i.e. marking and shearing) at the discretion of the CB.
  9. CBs may conduct unannounced inspections to verify your on-going compliance with the standard. These additional inspections will be at the cost of the CB, but you will be responsible for correcting any non-conformity.
  10. Following a shipment of wool certified to the RWS, contact your CB and request a transaction certificate to provide valid documentation to your customer.

Tools and support can be found on the RWS page.

Certification at the Farm Level

In this section you will find information and links to resources to help with the process of implementing the RMS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please contact us directly.

  • The RMS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the wool farmers and through to the seller in the final business to business transaction. 
  • The Responsible Mohair Standard contains animal welfare, land management and chain of custody requirements that have to be met on farms.
  • Subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard (CCS) requirements.

How to Get Certified

Farms can become certified to the RMS individually or as part of a Farm Group.

A farm may qualify to be certified to the Responsible Mohair Standard as part of a group rather than individually. This will save on auditing and certification costs. Farm groups can be co-operatives, associations, or similar organizations. The Farm Group can be self-organized and run by members, or organized by a separate entity such as a trader or broker.

All farms participating in a Farm Group are subject to the full requirements of the RMS and the Farm Group must develop an Internal Control System (ICS) to ensure compliance to the RMS by all farms within the group.

  1. Contact an approved certification body (CB) to request services.
  2. Fill out the application form from the CB along with information about your farm (RMS Farm Questions).
  3. Upon receipt of your completed application, the CB will decide if your farm appears likely to comply with the standard and prepare an offer that includes their fee structure.
  4. After the offer is accepted, you will be asked to sign a contract with the CB. This contract will be valid for the duration of the scope certificate (3 years) and will need to be renewed after that.
  5. Ensure you are clear about all requirements prior to the audit, so all necessary documents are prepared and in accordance with the standard. Good preparation can reduce certification cost by saving auditing time. The RMS Support documents are available to assist with this preparation.
  6. The CB will send an auditor to your farm to observe operations on the farm, interview you and workers, and examine records related to the requirements of the standard. The first audit will be an announced audit that will be scheduled in advance.
  7. The results of the audit will be sent to the CB office; a separate person will review them and make a final certification decision. If non-conformities are noted, you will be given a period of time to correct them, and will either submit proof of the corrections, or pay the cost of an additional inspection by the CB.
  8. Once the CB has granted certification to the RMS, you will be given a scope certificate that verifies you are able to comply with the standard. This certificate is valid for a period of three years with an audit taking place each calendar year. Audits may be scheduled to take place during times of higher risk (i.e. marking and shearing) at the discretion of the CB.
  9. CBs may conduct unannounced inspections to verify your on-going compliance with the standard. These additional inspections will be at the cost of the CB, but you will be responsible for correcting any non-conformity.
  10. Following a shipment of mohair certified to the RMS, contact your CB and request a transaction certificate to provide valid documentation to your customer.

Tools and support can be found on the RMS page.

Certification at the Farm Level

In this section you will find information and links to resources to help with the process of implementing the RDS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please contact us directly.

  • The RDS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the raising farm, slaughterhouse, and through to the seller in the final business to business transaction. 
  • The RDS contains animal welfare requirements that have to be met on farms and slaughterhouses.
  • Slaughterhouses and subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard (CCS) requirements.

How to Get Certified

Farms can become certified to the RDS individually or as part of a Farm Group. Smallholder farms may also be certified as a part of a geographic area under Farm Area Certification.

A farm may qualify to be certified to the RDS as part of a group rather than individually. This usually applies when farms are under contract with a certified slaughterhouse. The Farm Group can be self-organized and run by members, or organized by a separate entity such as the slaughterhouse or a trader.

 

All farms participating in a Farm Group are subject to the full requirements of the RDS and the Farm Group must develop an Internal Control System (ICS) to ensure compliance to the RDS by all farms within the group.

Small farms (less than 200 birds at once) may qualify to be certified to the Responsible Down Standard as part of a Farm Area. This usually applies when birds are kept in very small household farms, raised for their own consumption. Under this collector-based system, down and feather materials are sold to collectors, rather than an industrial slaughterhouse. In this model, the collector bears the responsibility of ensuring that all material from the region is properly identified. Farms are visited by auditors using a model to check a percentage of all villages in the area.

Farms under Farm Area Certification are subject to the same requirements, except for a few related to documentation and animal husbandry practices due to the size of the farm.

The process below applies to individually certified farms.

  1. Contact an approved certification body (CB) to request services.
  2. Fill out the application form from the CB.
  3. Upon receipt of your completed application, the CB will decide if your farm appears likely to comply with the standard and prepare an offer that includes their fee structure.
  4. After the offer is accepted, you will be asked to sign a contract with the CB. 
  5. Ensure you are clear about all requirements prior to the audit, so all necessary documents are prepared and in accordance with the standard. Good preparation can reduce certification cost by saving auditing time. The RDS User Manual is available to assist with this preparation.
  6. The CB will send an auditor to your farm to observe operations on the farm, interview you and workers, and examine records related to the requirements of the standard. The first audit will be an announced audit that will be scheduled in advance.
  7. The results of the audit will be sent to the CB office; a separate person will review them and make a final certification decision. If non-conformities are noted, you will be given a period of time to correct them, and will either submit proof of the corrections, or pay the cost of an additional inspection by the CB.
  8. Once the CB has granted certification to the RDS, you will be given a scope certificate that verifies you are able to comply with the standard. This certificate is valid for a period of one year with an audit taking place each calendar year. Audits may be scheduled to take place during different times in the year at the discretion of the CB.
  9. CBs may conduct unannounced inspections to verify your on-going compliance with the standard. These additional inspections will be at the cost of the CB, but you will be responsible for correcting any non-conformity.
  10. If you sell your birds to a slaughterhouse, contact your CB and request a transaction certificate to provide valid documentation to your customer.

Tools and support can be found on the RDS page.

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