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FairWild Foundation publishes new Trading and revised Labelling Rules

The Trading and Labelling Rules cover trading, processing and use of FairWild-certified ingredients. © Anastasiya Timoshyna / TRAFFICZurich, 1st July 2014 - FairWild Foundation has today published new Trading Rules (version 1/2014) and revised Labelling Rules (version 3/2014), following feedback from clients and actors in the field.

The documents outline the requirements for those involved with the trading, processing and marketing of FairWild certified ingredients and finished products. They are effective from 1st July 2014.

The Rules clarify existing requirements and introduce several changes, including:

  • Clarification of chain-of-custody requirements for FairWild certified ingredients and products
  • Fair trading obligations for first buyers of FairWild certified ingredients
  • Introduction of a Trader Registration system for FairWild Traders, Processors and Licensees
  • Revision of the fee structure for FairWild Traders, Processors and Licensees
  • Revision of the labelling categories and rules on use of the FAIRWILD® word or design mark
  • Introduction of a new FAIRWILD® design mark.

The Trading and Labelling Rules provide the basis for an effective certification and labelling system. © Bryony Morgan / FairWild Foundation“The publication of the Trading and Labelling Rules marks the conclusion of a major effort to improve and streamline the documents related to the trading, labelling and marketing aspects of FairWild,” said Bert-Jan Ottens, FairWild Foundation's Board member responsible for communications and marketing.

“We hope their introduction will greatly strengthen the system, and provide the basis for future expansion of the FairWild certification scheme. Thus, ultimately supporting the development of sustainable, fair and value-added trade in wild plant ingredients.”

The documents are available for download from http://www.fairwild.org/certification-process/

Feedback, questions and clarifications on the new Rules are welcomed, and should be directed to secretariat@fairwild.org. An overview of the main changes and the actions required for existing certification scheme participants is also available.