The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of alpaca and the land they graze on.
The goals of the RAS are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that alpaca fiber comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the alpaca and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.
The RAS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the alpaca farmers and through to the seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Usually, the last stage to be certified is the garment manufacturer or brand. Retailers (business-to-consumers) are not required to be certified. Farms are certified to the Animal Welfare and Land Management and Social Modules of the RAS. Subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard (CCS) requirements. If you wish to be certified to the RAS, you can contact one of the listed Certification Bodies.
We welcome you to get in touch with any questions you may have about the RAS, or if you would like to learn more about the Animal Fibers Round Table and how to get involved.
Find a certification body (CB) licensed by Textile Exchange to certify to the given scopes of RAS.