Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)

"Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange."

The official PGS definition of IFOAM - Organics International is also available in Chinese/中文, Deutsch, Español, Français, Japanese/日本語 and Português.

PGS initiatives are serving thousands of small organic farmers and their consumers all over the world, and the numbers are increasing every year. IFOAM - Organics International supports the development of PGS as an alternative and complementary tool to third-party certification within the organic sector and advocates for the recognition of PGS by governments. The policy recommendations of IFOAM - Organics International are formulated in our PGS Policy Brief.

Browse through the different items below to access comprehensive information on PGS, a vast selection of resources and publications in our PGS Media Library, the Global Online PGS Database as well as details on the IFOAM - Organics International PGS Logo and PGS Recognition Program. You may also contact pgs [at] or get in touch with the IFOAM - Organics International PGS Committee

Note: PGS are not to be confused with Internal Control Systems for group certification (ICS), another certification tool promoted by IFOAM to support smallholders.

Learn about PGS and find answers to common questions
Obtain official IFOAM endorsement
Access all issues of the Global PGS Newsletter of IFOAM - Organics International
PGS Video Library
Browse through PGS videos and publications
Visualising the global PGS development
Check the PGS Initiatives around the World
Building synergies between PGS and CSA across Europe
Discover our tailored made trainings