Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)

"Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange."

The official IFOAM PGS definition is also available in Chinese/中文, Deutsch, Español, Français, Japanese/日本語 and Português.

PGS initiatives are serving thousands of small organic farmers and their consumers all over the world, and the numbers are increasing every year. IFOAM supports the development of PGS as an alternative and complementary tool to third-party certification within the organic sector and advocates for the recognition of PGS by governments. The IFOAM policy recommendations are formulated in the IFOAM PGS Policy Brief.

Browse through the different items below to access comprehensive information on PGS, a vast selection of resources and publications in the IFOAM PGS Media Library, the Global Online PGS Database as well as details on the IFOAM PGS Logo and IFOAM PGS Recognition Program. You may also contact the pgs [at] (subject: Information%20on%20PGS) (IFOAM PGS Coordinator) or get in touch with the IFOAM PGS Committee

Note: PGS are not to be confused with Internal Control Systems for group certification (ICS), another certification tool promoted by IFOAM to support smallholders.

Learn about PGS and find answers to common questions
Obtain official IFOAM endorsement
Access or subscribe to the IFOAM Global PGS Newsletter
PGS Video Library
Browse through PGS videos and publications
List of PGS initiatives around the world
Visualising the global PGS development