Stakeholder Consultations on GSTC Accreditation Policy and Certification Requirements

Currently Open Consultations

DescriptionReference CodeOpen To WhomOpen DateDeadline for Submissions
Creation of an Interpretation Document
for specific requirements of the GSTC Industry Criteria
2023CON02-HA All interested partiesJune 26th 2023

August  26th 2023

Upcoming Future Consultations

DescriptionReference CodeOpen To WhomOpening DateDeadline for Submissions
Review of draft Accreditation Manual v2.0/Destinations2023CONAll interested partiesexpected in December 20232 months after the opening date
Review of GSTC Accreditation Manual v3.0: Risk categories, auditor qualification, remote audit, clarification of expressions, etc.2023CON03-INAll interested partiesexpected in late November 20232 months after the opening date

Interpretation and Amendment Documents on GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.4 and v2.5

DescriptionReference Code (incl. file)Document Section(s) Referenced:Specific Item(s) Referenced:Date
Interpretation document on section 11.3.1 Skill Qualification and Formal training of ISO170652019INTD0111.3 Certification: Understanding and applying the international norms for certification11.3.1 Skill Qualification Formal training of SO17065:12; or At least five years as a decision maker with an ISEAL or IAF accredited certification body
Interpretation document on section 15 Sampling within the Audit2019INTD02Section 15 – Sampling within the Audit15.1.2 – Guidelines for the type of sampling and size of the samples to be employed in each instance16-September-2019
Amendment document on section 10.7.3 Knowledge Competencies2021AMD01Section 10 – Auditor Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills10.7.3. Knowledge Competencies Demonstrate understanding of Sustainable Tourism by passing examination set by the GSTC STTP Program.


Interpretation document on section Elements of audit

2023INTD018. Conformity with GSTC Requirements
8.5. Requirements for the application of ISO 17065
ISO 17065:2012 7.4 Evaluation
8.5.12. GSTC Requirements to ISO 17065:2012 Clause 7.4.3 At each audit, the CB shall use an audit checklist/evaluation tool which includes all criteria and indicators of the Reference Standard and requires the completion, for each criterion, of the auditor’s conclusion (conform, not conform or not assessed), based on evidence obtained from the audit process.
DescriptionReference CodeOpen To WhomOpen DateDeadline for SubmissionsPublic Consultation Report
201930-October-2019DRAFT Tour Operator On-Site Audit Guidance (Relating to Sections 13 and 14 of the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.4)
Please submit comments on the same word document to
Draft: “DRAFT Tour Operator On-Site Audit Guidance relating to Section 13 and 14”
2019CON01Accredited CBs and CBs in the process of accreditation
Comment on provisional agenda for December 4th GSTC-CBs Meeting in the Azores (prior to GSTC2019 Conference)
Please submit comments on the same word document to
Agenda document: GSTC-CBs Meeting, Dec 4th Azores
Accredited CBs Recognized Standard Owners7-October-20194-November-2019
Survey of CB’s Current Audit Frequency & Duration practices2020CON01-HA
Accredited CBs, CBs in the process of accreditation, CBs with GSTC Recognized Standards28-January-202027-March-2020
Review of draft Accreditation manual v2.5/Hotels & Tour Operators

  • GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5 draft 1.0 here
  • Comment from here
2020CON02All interested parties21-August-202031-October-2020GSTC Accreditation Manual v.2.5 Informative Session Record and Presentation
Comments on the changes, additions and clarifications in the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.6
– GSTC AMv2.6 26.01.2023 draft1.0 PC-1: changes, additions and clarifications are highlighted in green to facilitate the revision.
– GSTC Accreditation Manual comparison table v2.5 and v2.6
– GSTC AMv2.6 draft1.0 Public Consultation Form
2023CON01Accredited CBs and CBs in the process of accreditation10-Feb-202310-Apr-2023GSTC Public Consultation Report for Accreditation Manual v.3.0