Agricultural Production Standard (APS)

APS Overview





Price and Premium Information

Special Price and Premium Terms

Temporary Authorization to Trade Policy

Requirements for Certificate Scope

Changes to Certificate Scope Procedure

Prohibited and Restricted Pesticides List

Multiple Ingredient Product Policy

Agriculture Program Assurance Manual

Interpretations for the Agricultural Production Standard

Unannounced Audit Policy

Change of Conformity Assessment Body Policy

Change of Conformity Assessment Body Request Form

Exceptions Policy

Exception Request Form

Policy on Zero Tolerance Issues

Remediation of Zero Tolerance Findings Under the APS

Supporting guidance

Living Wage Benchmarks for Employers in Agricultural Production

Guidance for Determining Scope

Guide to Identifying the Premium Participants

Score System Guide

Guidance on Premium Spending Rules

Cocoa Fair Trade Minimum Price in Price-Regulated Markets

Guidance on Equipment and Building Safety Requirements Under the APS

Trade Standard Summary for Certificate Holders

Implementing the APS in the US

Requirements of the Trade Standard for Multi-Scope Entities Also Certified Under the APS

Guidance on Remediation of Zero Tolerance Findings

How we set and revise our standards

Standards development and revision

In accordance with ISEAL, the APS will be reviewed at least every five years. The next revision is planned for 2022-2023.

Handling complaints

To submit a formal complaint against the Fair Trade USA standard-setting process, or to see how we handle complaints, download our Procedural Complaints Policy (in English, en español).

Legacy standards

Any time we update our standards, we will give our partners a transition period to comply with any new changes. During that time, both old and new versions of the standard will be available online.

Need to report an issue?

If something isn't right, we want to address it. Anyone can report an issue or access our Complaints Procedure at the link below.