Following a comprehensive two year consultation, we are pleased to publish the new version of the LEAF Marque Standard, which will be effective from the 1st April 2023. Please note that until 1st April 2023, the definitive version of the LEAF Marque Standard for all inspections will be v15.0.
Obtaining stakeholder feedback is an essential process in revising the LEAF Marque Standard, and public consultation plays an important part. For the LEAF Marque Standard v16.0 Draft, public consultation ran from November 2021 to January 2022. For a synopsis of the feedback received and response by LEAF Marque, please see the Public Consultation Synopsis. We welcome feedback on the LEAF Marque Standard at any time, please get in touch at [email protected].
The LEAF Marque Standard v16.0 is available below in English, French, Spanish and Italian. (The English version of the Standard is the definitive version and therefore any issues of interpretation from other translations need to be referred to the English version).
The new version of the LEAF Marque Standard includes developments in the following areas:
Landscape and nature conservation
Greenhouse gases and Carbon Sequestration
Crop Health and Protection
English: LEAF Marque Standard v15.0
Italian: LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 (Italian)
Spanish: LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 (Spanish)
For information on LEAF Marque System Rules and requirements, please see the below documents:
To reduce environmental impacts, our documents are primarily available electronically. Hard copies of the LEAF Marque Standard and other related materials are available on request at a reasonable handling fee, please contact: [email protected]
This short booklet sets out the key changes to the new version of the Standard. These changes will come into effect on April 1st 2023.View the booklet here
From the 1st January 2020, all LEAF Marque certificates will list the business’ LEAF Marque certified products. Businesses must list all their products when completing the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review or editing LEAF Charity Membership Information. During a LEAF Marque Audit, this information will be verified by auditors (see LEAF Marque Standard v15.0: Control Point 1.3).
For information on the products eligible for LEAF Marque certification, see the LEAF Product List.
To be LEAF Marque certified, businesses must have a baseline certification system for each product (see LEAF Marque Standard v15.0: Control Point 1.2). The baseline certification system must be approved by LEAF Marque; see the LEAF Product List for the list of LEAF Marque approved baseline certification systems. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like LEAF Marque to review a baseline certification system.
The LEAF Marque Standard v15.0 states the only two exemptions to this requirement, in which a business can still be certified despite a product not having a LEAF Marque approved baseline certification system:
If there is any uncertainty about whether you meet the exemption criteria or the above requirements, please get in touch at [email protected].
Learn more about how we set the LEAF Marque Standard, and ways that you can get involved in the process, including giving feedback.
We welcome any feedback, comments or questions on any aspect of the LEAF Marque System, including the Standard, at all times.
A Claims & Labelling Licence is needed for each product in which a LEAF Marque claim is made. A LEAF Marque claim is any combination of the use of the LEAF Marque logo and/or a sustainability claim used to set apart and promote a product, process, business or service that is based on achievement of LEAF Marque certification.