Criteria Revisions & Feedback

The GSTC-Destination Criteria will be reviewed in 2018 to determine whether they should be revised. Please return to this page for announcements regarding the timeline and calls for public consultation.

To participate in the Destination Criteria revisions or other future Criteria revisions and development, and to provide feedback on current Criteria, please sign up here.

The GSTC-Industry Criteria were revised December 2016 and will be due for next review in 2021.

How the GSTC creates and revises Criteria:

The process is intended to comply with the ISEAL Alliance standard-setting code (Clause 5.8 relates to periodic review and revision).

The key aspects of the process are:

> Resourced by the GSTC Technical Director, guided by the International Standards Working Group (GSTC-ISWG).

> Two rounds of consultation, initial call for input, then a second round to comment on draft criteria.

> The GSTC-ISWG considers comments before adopting criteria, based on consensus across the balance of interested parties.

> The revisions are formally adopted by the GSTC Board of Directors, then publicly released.


Impact of Revisions on Recognized, Approved, or Accredited Standards and Certifiers

Per the terms of the Integrity Program marks as stated in the Manuals for the marks, following the revision of GSTC Criteria, holders of Integrity Program marks have two years from the dates of release of the revisions to make any necessary revisions to their standards in order to remain compliant with the GSTC mark. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GSTC-Industry Terms of Reference - relating to the 2016 revision of the Industry Criteria

GSTC Standard Setting System Report

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