Criteria Development

The Eco Mark Africa offers the opportunity for standards systems, the public and private sector as well as civil society to get engaged in the EMA process of standard setting.

A first Stakeholder Consultation was held on 8th and 9th December, 2010 in Nairobi, in order to disseminate the EMA's concept to the public, to define the added value of the EMA and to receive feedback on the feasibility and effectivity of the concept.

Apart from such stakeholder consultation meetings to provide overall feedback, you can get involved through:


  • Sector Working Groups (SWGs)

    The SWGs will be the key forums to engage stakeholders in the standard-setting process. The four presently foreseen Sector Working Groups will each comprise approximately ten experts representing different key stakeholder groups such as standards systems, environmental NGOs and national standards bodies.

    The SWGs shall meet in person but shall be encouraged to collaborate on the issues at hand via appropriate means of communication such as e-mail or telephone throughout the development phase of the EMA Standard. Draft documents compiled by the SWGs shall be published and made available on the internet for comments before submission to the wider public.

    The first Sector Working Group Meeting was held in August, 2011. The AEM Sector Working Groups were formally established and launched the discussion on the EMA standards.

  • Read the entire report.

    Sector Working Group Report, 2011



  • Public consultation

    During the development phase of the EMA standard documents, public consultations shall be conducted in at least two rounds. After comments have been integrated, the revised draft documents shall be published for a second consultation period. The documents will be available for commenting on this website.