Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)

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.  
-- Official IFOAM PGS Definition --

The definition 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 recognizes the full diversity of Organic Agriculture, so we encourage and support the development PGS as an alternative and complementary tool to third-party certification.

IFOAM advocates for the recognition of PGS by governments and has developed Policy recommendations published under the IFOAM Policy Brief:  
How Governments Can Support Participatory Guarantee Systems.

Note: Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are not to be confused with Internal Control Systems for group certification (ICS), another certification tool promoted by IFOAM to support smallholders.

Through this online portal you can have access to comprehensive information on PGS, a vast selection of resources and publications, details on the IFOAM PGS logo, granted to PGS recognized by the IFOAM PGS Committee, and the Global Database of PGS initiatives around the world.

Browse through the sessions below to learn more about PGS. You can also contact the pgs [at] ifoam [dot] org (subject: Information%20on%20PGS) (PGS Coordinator). For information on the IFOAM PGS Committee, view the IFOAM OGS Committees page. 

Learn about PGS and find answers to common questions.
PGS Map
Find information on PGS around the world.
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Access or subscribe to the PGS Newsletter.
PGS Video Library
A wealth of videos and publications on PGS.