FairTSA is designed to work mainly with organic certifiers. The collaboration is based on a clear separation of functions and tasks as required by ISO principles. It enables any participating certifier to provide additional services to existing clients and attract new ones without the otherwise necessary private Fair Trade standard development. The advantages of FairTSA for organic certifiers:
• Enhanced service to, and protection of their existing customers
• Separation of standard holder and certification agencies
• Fair Trade Standard designed in modular fashion
• Necessary forms, processes and systems provided by FairTSA
• Simple accreditation procedure and inexpensive accreditation fees
• Concise and Affordable Training for the FairTSA Standard
• Low licensing fees for and inexpensive inspection and certification for FairTSA Fair Trade customers.
Protection of Existing Customers
Once a certifier has informed FairTSA that a client wishes to become FairTSA certified, we guarantee that this client will only be FairTSA-certified by that organic certifier. This arrangement persists as long as the certifier has a valid accreditation and collaboration agreement with FairTSA, and as long as the client stays with the certification agency for their organic certification.
Separation of Standard Holder and Certification Agencies
FairTSA is strongly committed to truly staying and acting as an independent standard holder. Our procedures are designed to make our organic certification partners’ lives easy in terms of the bureaucratic requirements, while remaining true to FairTSA’s goals and mission. FairTSA is also committed to independent audits of both producers and certifiers.
FairTSA Standards are created in such a manner that the major portion of the environ-mental requirements are satisfied with by the requirements of major national organic regulations such those of the NOP, the EU, Canada, Japan, etc. Furthermore, FairTSA is working on including GlobalGap certification in the FairTSA standard. FairTSA’s first experiences with the system show that it can be very effective – in fact, the combined inspection and certification for organic, GlobalGap and FairTSA standards seems to be extremely efficient. This combined approach enables FairTSA to be true to the goal of avoiding costly and time-consuming parallel inspection and certification wherever possible.
Forms provided by FairTSA
Forms such as the FairTSA System Plan (in analogy to the NOP organic system plan), inspection reports, and all other necessary forms are provided by FairTSA. However, a client has the option of incorporating them into their own documentation, provided that the content is completely contained in your specific version of the documentation. FairTSA provides these forms in order to make our partners’ life easier and at the same time create a baseline in terms of the documentation used by all certification partners.
Concise and Affordable Training for the Standard
We are currently re-designing our approach to inspector and certifier training, based on last years' experiences. , including certifier specific training if requested. FairTSA will also the offer the possibility for responsible people to be authorized to conduct trainings for inspectors within your organization. For specifics, please request the FairTSA Training Guide at no cost or obligation. Cooperating certifiers have to pay a very reasonable fee for the training of its employees. We are also planning to offer a part of the training via Internet.
Low licensing fees for an Inexpensive Inspection and Certification for FairTSA FT Customers
While FairTSA acts as standard holder, its only source of income is licensing fees. FairTSA’s Licensing Fees are low – typically between 1.0 and 1.5% of the sales price of the importer's sales price for agricultural products (the pricing structure for handicrafts and cosmetics is slightly different). In addition, our certification partners will be able to offer extremely cost-effective FT certification since organic and FairTSA inspections can be conducted at the same time and the organic inspection covers part of our standard.
Simple Accreditation Procedure and Inexpensive Accreditation Fees
It is FairTSA’s intention to make the access to the standard very easy. Typically, we request at least five years of documented certification experience, a copy of an applicants ISO 17065 accreditation (alternatively, NOP accreditation may be accepted in specific cases), a copy of your certificate of incorporation plus an annual accreditation fee of $1,500. If interested, please download the Application and the Accreditation Guide below or contact us for more information.