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ASI conducted the annual public consultation for the 2018 assessment plan from 23 August to 15 September 2017 to gather input from interested stakeholders for the upcoming year. Gathering this information from stakeholders on the ground ensures that ASI assessments are targeted, efficient and cost-effective.

ASI published the 2018 Assessment Schedule on 24 October 2017. ASI publishes the schedule annually, to ensure transparent oversight to our CABs and interested stakeholders.

The input from the public consultation is being used by the ASI planning team to inform our 2018 assessment activities. Catalina Romero, ASI Business Intelligence Manager, explains, “Each piece of information on its own may not mean much – but when we analyze all of these pieces together, we can understand the trends and patterns within the different certification schemes we oversee.”

This year more than 100 respondents from 36 different countries provided information on 6 certification schemes that we accredit. The map shows where the input came from – darker red signifies higher response rates, with the most input coming from Brazil, the United States and Germany.

80% of the input received was for the FSC scheme, but participants also showed a marked interest in the newest of the schemes that ASI accredits, SBP.

The survey asked participants ten questions regarding the integrity of the certification schemes, ranging from geographical and topical concerns to CAB performance, certificate holder activity and general trends in the landscape.

During the 5-year accreditation cycle, ASI conducts on- and off-site surveillance assessments. The information we receive via the planning survey is combined with information from incidents reporting, complaints, general organizational changes and other risk factors for each CAB to design an individual surveillance plan.

Your input is vital to ensure the integrity of the certification systems that ASI accredits. ASI extends our thanks to all participants in the survey and welcomes any additional input from stakeholders via incidents reporting or direct emails about any upcoming assessment to