"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 PGS definition of IFOAM - Organics International 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 - Organics International 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 policy recommendations of IFOAM - Organics International are formulated in our PGS Policy Brief.
Browse through the different items below to access comprehensive information on PGS, a vast selection of resources and publications in our PGS Media Library, the Global Online PGS Database as well as details on the IFOAM - Organics International PGS Logo and PGS Recognition Program. You may also contact pgs [at] ifoam.bio or get in touch with the IFOAM - Organics International 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.