How to become LEAF Mar­que certified

We have mapped out the jour­ney to becom­ing LEAF Mar­que Cer­ti­fied into nine easy steps.

Step 1 — Join LEAF

Join LEAF the char­i­ty — mem­ber­ship pro­vides you with the tools to demon­strate your envi­ron­men­tal and busi­ness commitment.

Join LEAF

Step 2 — Com­plete the LEAF Sus­tain­able Farm­ing Review

The LEAF Sus­tain­able Farm­ing Review is a self-assess­ment on-line man­age­ment tool to help farm­ers farm more sus­tain­ably. It enables them to mon­i­tor their per­for­mance, iden­ti­fy strengths and weak­ness­es and set tar­gets for improve­ment across the whole farm. 

Learn more about the LEAF Sus­tain­able Farm­ing Review

Step 3 — Pre­pare your business

Imple­ment Inte­grat­ed Farm Man­age­ment and work towards becom­ing com­pli­ant with the LEAF Mar­que Standard.

View the lat­est LEAF Mar­que Standard

Step 4 — Reg­is­ter and com­plete an appli­ca­tion form pro­vid­ed by your cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body

LEAF Mar­que has built a strong rela­tion­ship with Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Bod­ies that have a com­bined glob­al cov­er­age rep­re­sent­ing all the grow­ing regions. All the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion bod­ies have com­plet­ed the LEAF Mar­que train­ing required and are ISO 17065 accredited.

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Step 5 — Update and com­plete the LEAF Mar­que Chain of Custody

The LEAF Mar­que Chain of Cus­tody is a trace­abil­i­ty tool for mon­i­tor­ing LEAF Mar­que sup­ply chains. All farm busi­ness­es must include up-to-date infor­ma­tion about grown and out­put prod­ucts as well as com­plete the Self Assess­ment on an annu­al basis.

If you use, or are plan­ning to use, the LEAF Mar­que logo or a LEAF Mar­que claim on pack­ag­ing or com­mu­ni­ca­tion mate­ri­als, you must also com­plete (a) LEAF Mar­que Licence Application(s).

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Step 6 — Annu­al inspection

Your annu­al inspec­tion, by your cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body, can be con­duct­ed at the same time as oth­er farm assur­ance schemes. This costs from £225.

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Bodies

Step 7 — Clear non-conformances

If your inspec­tions shows non-con­for­mances, these must be cleared. For a first inspec­tion, with­in 3 months. For sub­se­quent inspec­tions, with­in 28 days. It might be use­ful to revis­it the LEAF Mar­que Stan­dard to help under­stand the requirements.

LEAF Mar­que Standard

Step 8 — Cer­tifi­cate issued

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful cer­ti­fi­ca­tion deci­sion, where there are no non-con­for­mances, your Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Body will use your Certificate.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, you are now a LEAF Mar­que Cer­ti­fied Business.

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Step 9 — Envi­ron­men­tal­ly respon­si­ble farming

Con­tin­ue to imple­ment Inte­grat­ed Farm Management.

Inte­grat­ed Farm Management