Coronavirus-related changes in operations


Dear Fairtrade certified customers,

communities around the world are increasingly affected by Coronavirus (COVID19). The health and safety of our customers, global teams and their families is a top priority for us. In order to control the outbreak and minimise physical interactions, FLOCERT will adapt its current ways of working.

As a first step, FLOCERT will immediately stop scheduling physical Fairtrade audits. From 23 March 2020 onwards, all physical audits will be amended as for the following customer groups:

  • Certified Traders: All physical audits scheduled until 30 June 2020 will be converted into remote audits. 
  • Certified Producers: All physical audits scheduled until 22 April 2020 will be postponed.
  • Applicant Traders: Current methodology to provide the “Permission to Trade (PTT)” will continue.
  • Applicant Producers: Since physical audits are postponed and these are a prerequisite for any Initial Producer Certification, all Initial Producer Certification is consequently postponed.


For more information please read our FAQs 


By 19 March 2020, all affected customers will receive detailed information directly and in detail on these changes.

This crisis is unprecedented and has, as you know, an important impact on all our activities.

We thank you for your understanding. Your FLOCERT certification analyst remains at your disposal for any clarifications.

Best regards,

Sugumar Raman

FLOCERT Director of Operations

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