FSF standards are reviewed periodically by FSF staff, who are responsible for submitting recommendations to an advisory council made up of flower growers, agronomists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), among others. The advisory council must then approve any updates and submit the revised standard for public consultation.
While the FSF standard is revised periodically by an advisory council composed of flower growers, agronomists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government officials; independent accredited certification agencies such SGS and Icontec are responsible for auditing each farm’s compliance with the FSF standard. This includes reviewing farm documentation, inspecting farms, interviewing workers, and reviewing lab test results.
Florverde’s history began in 1996 when The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores) created a code of conduct for the flower sector, eventually leading to the creation of the FSF standard. Today, FSF is an independent body which continues to maintain a relationship with Asocolflores. However, its independence is assured as the certification is awarded by third party certification agencies, such as Icontec and Naturacert, and the standard itself is based on international conventions and national laws. Furthermore, the standard must be submitted for public consultation as required by ISO 65.