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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is initiating its five year review cycle of the 2018 RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) and the review of the 2019 RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard. The development of standard requirements applicable to medium growers and Scheme Smallholders will also be explored.

Apart from reviewing the standard applicable to the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) and Certified Fresh Fruit Bunch (CFFB), this process also aims to make recommendations on which elements of the revised P&C should be applied to non-grower RSPO members as part of their shared responsibility to promote sustainable palm oil.

The objective of this process is to review and streamline the production standard to ensure continued relevance and effectiveness in demonstrating that palm oil produced and sold as RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is credible and inclusive.

To strengthen the credibility of the RSPO certification scheme, this review process strives to address the following key challenges:

  • Ensuring the comprehensiveness and relevance of RSPO Standards;

  • Achieving desired impact;

  • Clarifying interpretations and uncertainties;

  • Resolving inadequate capacities and resources in the assurance systems; and

  • Aligning RSPO approaches with other sustainability initiatives.


Where To Learn More About Standards Review

The review process will be guided by the RSPO Standard Operating Procedure for Standard Setting and Review (2020), in line with ISEAL Alliance’s requirements and the ISEAL Standard-setting Code of Good Practices V6.

Please review the Terms of Reference (ToR) & Review Process for complete details endorsed by the RSPO Board of Governors on 14 February 2022.

Governance Structure

Governance Structure Members

The RSPO Standard Standing Committee (SSC) will provide oversight on the entire process, wherein a Steering Group, consisting of the CEO of the RSPO Secretariat and the Co-Chairs of the RSPO Standards, Assurance, Market Development and Smallholder Standing Committee will ensure a coordinated, comprehensive and joint approach to the review, and will make decisions in the event that consensus cannot be achieved at the TF level.

The RSPO SSC will also establish the Standard Review Task Force (TF) and a range of Technical Committees (TCs):

Standard Review Task Force (TF) Meeting Dates

Meeting 1a 7-8 July 2022 Virtual -
Meeting 1b 9-11 August 2022 Kuala Lumpur The Saujana Hotel
Meeting 2 21-23 September 2022 Amsterdam Coming soon
Meeting 3 28 February – 2 March 2023 Jakarta Coming soon
Meeting 4 4-6 July 2023 Kuala Lumpur Coming soon

Technical Committees (TCs)

WHO: Members of the TCs may or may not be an RSPO member. The opportunity will be for external parties and experts to participate in the TCs to ensure that the skills and experience needed are available. Each TC shall have a minimum of two (2) grower representatives  to ensure sufficient participation of stakeholders who are directly impacted by changes to the RSPO Principles & Criteria..
ROLES: The TCs will assist in the formulation of the revised standard, in particular the development of Indicators, guidance, etc., to ensure the overarching Principles and Criteria are deliverable on the ground.
MEMBER APPOINTMENT: Appointment of TCs members will be made by the TF based on their skills and experience according to the task requirements allocated to each TC.

Interested in observing TF/TC meeting(s)?

In line with RSPO’s principle of transparency, members and stakeholders are welcome to observe any specific TF and/or Technical Committee (TC) meeting. While it is critical for RSPO to make important information and processes publicly available and easily accessible, the organisation is also committed to protecting confidential and private information.

Any member and/or stakeholder can register your interest here.

Key notes for any interested member/stakeholder:

  • Alongside your registration, observers should complete, sign and upload a copy of the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can also be downloaded from the registration form.
  • Each registration is for ONE meeting ONLY. If you wish to attend two meetings (e.g., one TF meeting and one TC meeting), please register two times indicating the specific meeting and date you would like to observe.
  • We kindly ask that observers register their interest in observing any particular TF/TC meeting at least two weeks in advance. TF/TC meeting dates will be made available on this page.


Questions? Contact us

Please email standard.development@rspo.org or the appropriate Secretariat contact below:




Julia Majail

Task Force (TF) Coordinator


Javin Tan

Task Force (TF) Coordinator


Leena Ghosh

Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator


Francisco Naranjo

Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator


Djaka Riksanto

Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator



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