LEAF Marque is a farm assurance system, showing that food has been grown sustainably with care for the environment. Here we take a look at the latest version of the LEAF Marque Standard.
The new version of the LEAF Marque Standard has been published and it is now effective (commenced 1st of January 2020). Please note that the definitive version of the LEAF Marque Standard for all inspections from 1st January 2020 is version 15.0.
LEAF Marque is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and committed to the continual improvement of the LEAF Marque Standard. Obtaining stakeholder feedback is an essential process in revising the Standard, and an important part of the development of the LEAF Marque Standard is public consultation. For the LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 Draft, public consultation ran from 30th November 2018 to 1st January 2019. For a synopsis of the feedback received and response by LEAF Marque, please see the Public Consultation Synopsis. For a summary of the changes in the LEAF Marque Standard v15.0, see our blog post or view our downloadable guide to 'What has changed?".
LEAF Marque welcomes comments on any aspect of the LEAF Marque System, including the LEAF Marque Standard, at all times. This will be used to inform developments to the LEAF Marque System and LEAF Marque Standard. Please feel free to contact us by emailing [email protected].
The LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 will be available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. The English version of the Standard is the definitive version and therefore any issues of interpretation from other translations need to be referred to the English version.
For information on LEAF Marque System Rules and requirements, please see the below documents:
To reduce environmental impacts LEAF Marque documents are primarily available electronically. Hard copies of the LEAF Marque Standard and other related materials are available on request at a reasonable handling fee: please contact [email protected].
From the 1st January 2020, all LEAF Marque certificates will list the business’ LEAF Marque certified products. Businesses must list all their products when completing the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review or editing LEAF Charity Membership Information. During a LEAF Marque Audit, this information will be verified by auditors (see LEAF Marque Standard v15.0: Control Point 1.3).
To be LEAF Marque certified, businesses must have a baseline certification system for each product (see LEAF Marque Standard v15.0: Control Point 1.2). The baseline certification system must be approved by LEAF Marque; see the LEAF Product List for the list of LEAF Marque approved baseline certification systems. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like LEAF Marque to review a baseline certification system.
The LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 states the only two exemptions to this requirement, in which a business can still be certified despite a product not having a LEAF Marque approved baseline certification system:
If there is any uncertainty about whether you meet the exemption criteria or the above requirements, please get in touch at [email protected].
From the 1st of January 2020, Claims & Labelling (C&L) will replace Chain of Custody and Warranty Chain, both of which will no longer be operational. A C&L Licence is needed for each product in which a LEAF Marque claim is made. A LEAF Marque claim is any combination of the use of the LEAF Marque logo AND/OR a sustainability claim used to set apart and promote a product, process, business or service that is based on achievement of LEAF Marque certification. This includes claims made with supply chains for business requesting LEAF Marque certification, regardless of whether the product is sold as such.
C&L is not included in the LEAF Marque Standard as the relevant Licence Holder isn’t necessarily the LEAF Marque certified business, as it also includes the wider supply chain. The relevant licence holder must submit a Licence Application; this will be reviewed by LEAF Marque, and if approved, a C&L Licence issued. C&L Licence’s will be valid for a year, after which they must be reviewed.
Further guidance can be viewed here.
The next version of the LEAF Marque Standard (v16.0) will be published no later than the 1st October 2022 and will become effective from the 1st January 2023.
Learn more about how we set the LEAF Marque Standard, ways to get involved in the process and how to give feedback on the Standard.