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The GSTC-Industry Criteria were revised in December 2016, published in January 2017, and will be due for the next review of the need for revision sometime from late 2020.

The GSTC Destination Criteria were revised in December 2019, published in January 2020.

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 GSTC-Recognized Standards and Certification Bodies

Per the terms of the Recognition as stated in the Manuals for Recognitions the marks, following the revision of GSTC Criteria, holders of GSTC-Recognized Standards 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 Criteria Revision Terms of Reference – relating to the 2016 revision of the Industry Criteria

GSTC Destination Criteria Revision Term of Reference – relating to the 2019 revision of the Destination Criteria

GSTC Standard Setting System Report