What is Verification? 

Verification refers to the validation of responses reported in the Higg FEM by a third party SAC-approved verifier, selected and hired by a supplier to a facility site. The verifier is only person responsible for validating the accuracy of the assessment. . 

How will verification work?


How do I apply to be a FEM approved verifier?


What are the fees for becoming an SAC Approved Verifier?

When does the Verifier Application Process open?
Verifier applications are being accepted now and on an ongoing basis. There is no cut-off date for verifier applications.
What is the criteria for becoming a FEM approved Verifier?
Please visit to see the list of criteria
What if I have questions about the application process?
Please e-mail for verifier application questions.

Are verifier fees refundable?

No, Verifiers fees are not refundable. Please check the verifier criteria before applying. The verifier criteria can be found at

How much will verification cost?

Verification costs vary based on travel required by the verifier and the number of days it takes to verify the facilities information. Based on verifications conducted so far in 2018, most verifications have taken approximately 2 days. Small cut and sew facilities might only require one day, and larger facilities with wet processes that require a chemical specialist verifier, can take 3, or in special cases for very large facilities, 4+ days.


Who can conduct verification?

Only SAC approved verifiers. These are individuals who meet strict criteria, training, and performance requirements set by SAC. They must apply and be selected by SAC's Verification Program Manager -- an external organization that manages the implementation of the FEM Verification Program 

We will be able to have verified reports available for analytics?

Verified scores are available as soon as factories post and share their verified results. The deadline for posting verified 2018 modules is December 31, 2019.  Please note that verification can only be done on posted FEM assessments.

If I was a 2017 Higg FEM Verifier do I need to reapply?

2017 Higg FEM verifiers will need to reapply within 13 months of their 2017 verifier exam completion. Please refer to the SOP on Verifier List Maintenance on

How do I become a Higg verifier?

Please refer to Verification SOPs on 

When can I apply and train to become a verifier?

Potential verifiers can apply and train to become a verifier anytime. For more information click here.

Do you have a target (estimate) of the number of verifiers by countries?

In 2019 we seek to have 300 verifiers covering all countries that have multiple posted FEM assessments.

How long does my SAC-approved verifier status last?

One year. To renew, you must provide documentation supporting your experience and ongoing education as defined by the Verifier Status Maintenance program.  Verifiers will receive credit for verification experience, continuing education, and other sustainability related activities conducted during the status validity period.

For verifier, if they are external, they must be registered to right?

Tool will have a pre-populated list of all verifiers that have been invited and approved. You won’t be able to invite any random person, you must choose from our list of approved verifiers.

Should the verifier be from a third party?

Verifications used for consumer-facing communications MUST be conducted by a verifier that has no business relationship or influence with the factory he/she is verifying. A strict Conflict of Interest policy and the Higg Terms of Use will govern this work to ensure uninfluenced and credible results are communicated. These policies will be specific about boundaries related to business relationships and influence.

When a verified module is shared, are verifier comments visible?

We are still in the development of the Verification technology. We will make this request of our partner and release updates as we receive them.

Can a member from a manufacturer facility be verifier too?

As long as an individual meets the verifier criteria, they are able to become a verifier. Verifier Criteria will be released at the same time as we launch the verification application process in mid-November. 

Should a brand have a verifier? And who should that be?  

Please got to, click "Submit a Request" to submit a support inquiry regarding verification. 

Will payment of verification be done in the same way?

Verification payment will be made to the verification organization that is chosen by the facility or brand to conduct the verification.

Can a verifier improve its status to be a trainer or both?

Yes, Verifiers may also be trainers as long as they meet the criteria for a trainer and vice versa.

Will the Approved Trainer training be in the same online format as Verifier Training?

Yes these processes are aligned.

Is the verifier training country specific?

The verifier training is not country specific. However, we do ask through the application process how the verifiers keep up to date with local laws and regulations.

Can verifiers complete on-site verification for different facilities as well as verification of their own facility, similar to a third party?

If an individual qualifies as a verifier, they can conduct verifications at any site. However, the terms of use will dictate how that information is shared.

How much chemical knowledge does a general verifier need?

A general verifier will need to have the chemical knowledge of all of the level 1 questions in the FEM chemical management section.  


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