The Rainforest Alliance works with independent certification bodies (CBs) around the world. These CBs certify farms, farmer groups, and companies. They ensure certified groups are in line with the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable agriculture and chain of custody standards.
- Rainforest Alliance authorized certification bodies are required to hold a valid ISO 17065:2012 accreditation.
- Additionally, CBs must comply with additional Rainforest Alliance requirements on audit protocols, auditor competence, data system, and more.
- We are currently not accepting applications for new CBs. However, currently authorized CBs may request geographical scope extensions.
How do the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification bodies work together?
The Rainforest Alliance manages both the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification systems. We are working toward a new integrated and mandatory Rainforest Alliance standard. Until then, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance will each keep their own pool of certification bodies and auditors. The corresponding applicable rules apply for each.
Some Chain of Custody CBs have both Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certification authorizations. These CBs can give their auditors training to audit both UTZ and Rainforest Alliance Chain of Custody certificate holders. Once the Rainforest Alliance launches its new unified certification system, there will be one pool of certification bodies available for both farm, code of conduct, and chain of custody certifications.
Questions? Please email our Certification Program team.