Criteria Revisions & Feedback

//Criteria Revisions & Feedback
Criteria Revisions & Feedback 2018-08-24T14:05:08+00:00

The GSTC-Destination Criteria will be revised in 2019. Planning for the revision process is currently underway and we expect to make a call for public consultation sometime in the second half of 2018. Please return to this page for announcements regarding the timeline and calls for public consultation.

To participate in the Destination Criteria revisions in 2018 or other future Criteria revisions and development, and to provide feedback on current Criteria, please sign up here.

The GSTC-Industry Criteria were revised in December 2016 and will be due for next review of the need for revision sometime from the beginning of 2020 to late 2021.


How the GSTC creates and revises Criteria:

The process is intended to comply with the ISEAL Alliance standard-setting code, the key aspects of the process are:

  1. Resourced by the GSTC Secretariat, guided by the International Standards Working Group (GSTC-ISWG) and informed by relevant GSTC Working Groups.
  2. Two rounds of consultation, an initial call for input, then a second round to commenting on draft criteria.
  3. The GSTC-ISWG considers comments before adopting criteria, based on consensus across the balance of interested parties.
  4. The revisions are formally adopted by the GSTC Board of Directors, then publicly released.


Impact of Revisions on Recognized Standards and Approved or Accredited 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 (Recognized/Approved/Accredited) 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


More Information:

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

GSTC Standard Setting System Report