Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance Certification: Chain-of-Custody

Increasingly, consumers and businesses want to know the origins of the farm products they buy. Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification a cornerstone of any credible certification program, supports claims made by companies to consumers that products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal originate from a Rainforest Alliance Certified farm.

CoC Certification applies to entities that own or plan to own product originating from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and:

  1. Make a promotional, on-package or sales claim regarding the certified status of these products; or
  2. Process, package and/or sell products with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ claims in their own or contracted facilities.

Below you will find a map that includes all of the Certification Bodies (CB) that manage SAN/Rainforest Alliance CoC clients. Please click on your country and the CB will appear with contact information.

Interactive Map of Certification Bodies

Click on the map to view Certification Bodies by country:

  1. Companies that are new to the process and have just recently decided to purchase products from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms must register in Marketplace, our traceability and trademark portal.
  2. Upon registering, you will receive an email with a password for Marketplace, as well as general information, including information on SAN/Rainforest Alliance Chain-of-Custody certification (CoC).
  3. After registering in Marketplace, companies will have 6 months to have a CoC audit and 12 months to be CoC Certified. It is important for companies to work with our Traceability and Trademarks teams in order to comply with CoC Certification.
  4. Companies that purchase small volumes of products from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms may qualify for an exemption or desk audit. Please review the CoC Policy for applicability.
  5. Next, choose your Certification Body (CB) from a list of accredited certifiers (see map in Overview tab). Once the application has been submitted to the CB, the CB will provide a budget for the certification audit and work with you to schedule the audit. The audit will be based on the SAN/Rainforest Alliance CoC Standard and Policy. The auditor will review the companies' applicable systems for Management, Traceability, Trademarks (when applicable) and Multi-site criteria (when applicable).
  6. If the audit results are positive, and all certification payments and agreements have been finalized, then the company will be issued a CoC certificate and appear as CoC certified on the Sustainable Agriculture Network's website. Each company is expected to maintain its systems and continue compliance with Traceability and Trademark requirements in order to maintain their certification.

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Rainforest Alliance have approved an exemption policy for Small Volume Operators within the Chain of Custody Certification requirements. The guidelines for applicability have been highlighted within the Small Volume Exemption Policy below. Companies interested in applying for the exemption must complete the Small Volume Exemption Application, which will be reviewed by the SAN/Rainforest Alliance Exemption Committee for applicability. For any questions regarding this exemption, or to submit an application, please email sanracoc@ra.org. There is no cost to the operator for this exemption process.

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Small Volume Exemption Requirements
Application for Small Volume Exemption

 

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