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? 


The Higg FEM onsite visit shall be ANNOUNCED with a two-week floating window according to the expectations of the organization requesting the verification. 

How do I apply to be a FEM approved verifier?

Please visit 

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 verifer criteria before applying. The verifier crtieria can be found at

How much will verification cost?

In order to ensure the independence of the verification the verification fee must be pre-paid. The total verification price should be negotiated by the company requesting the verification (brand, retailer, or manufacturer). Pricing can depend on many factors such as the country of execution, the size of the facility, and the facility's previous verification experience. 

The verification organization will use the table below to estimate the total duration of the assessment: 

No. of Workers

Man day Duration for On-site Verification (Initial) / Risk Level




< 1,000




1,000 < 2,000




2,000 < 3,000




> 3,000





Complexity Categories of Environmental Aspects 

The number of man days required for the Higg verification are based on three levels of complexity:

High – environmental aspects of significant nature and gravity (typically manufacturing or processing type organizations with significant impacts in most of the environmental aspects).

Medium – environmental aspects of medium nature and gravity (typically manufacturing organizations with significant impacts in some of the environmental aspects);

Low – environmental aspects of low nature and gravity (typically organizations that have low impacts within few environmental aspects);

The result of the applicability test conducted by the facility in the Higg Index FEM Self-Assessment can be used to determine the complexity level under which this facility falls under. The table below provides the link between the three complexity categories above and the facilities’ profiles that would typically fall into that category.

Facility Type / Complexity





Facilities using chemicals



Example: dyeing, printing, Laundry or washing, cementing or gluing, slashing during weaving, fiber extrusion or yarn spinning, electroplating, welding

Industrial wastewater with onsite treatment



Facility with air emissions, NO chemicals used onsite and NO onsite wastewater treatment




Facility without air emissions, withNO chemicals used onsite and NO onsite wastewater treatment





  • Travel time is not included in the table
  • One man day corresponds to 8 hours of effective working time. It excludes lunch breaks and breaks unless required by law in the country of execution of the verification
  • Verification scheduling and preparation as well as report writing are to be carried out off-site and therefore are not included in the table
  • Report writing includes the preparation of the on-line "locked" verification report on Reporting time is estimated to be 0.5 Man days

Verification organizations will, by permission granted by the factory being verified, have access to the facility’s profile and the self-assessment and shall review the scores and document uploads prior to the site visit. Verifiers will review all provided documentation provided by the facility prior to the site visit. 

When will facilities be able to hire/schedule verification?

Facilities can hire verifiers and schedule verification as of the end of January 2018 

We will be able to have verified reports available for analytics by May 31?

Yes - if you schedule your verifications prior to May or in early May (verifiers have 5 days to post reports post verification -- of course the factory has to approve posting them)

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 

If I was a Higg FEM 2.0 verifier do I need to reapply?

Yes. Your experience as a Higg FEM 2.0 verifier can help you meet the criteria outlined in the application to become a Higg FEM 3.0 verifier

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.

For Higg FEM 2.0, the SAC had arranged verifier training for the brands and third parties, can you elaborate the plan for Higg FEM 3.0?

SAC will again be providing verifier training. Pre-qualified verifiers (verifiers that qualify against SAC's criteria and pass the SAC vetting process) are required to pass a 40 hour training and exam to be listed as an SAC Approved Verifier. They will also be required to perform a minimum of 20 FEM verifications during the 2018 calendar year to stay approved. Beginning in February 2018, that same detailed training will be available to anyone else interested in participating in the training, but not interested or qualified to become a verifier. The training, for both verifiers and non-verifiers, will be offered at a fee on SAC's new Learning Management software. Details will be announced in early January. 

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.

If a supplier does not post their verification before October 31, will they be able to post it on the new site?

They will not be able to upload Higg FEM 2.0 verified reports.

Parent companies will not be creating accounts on - they will just be a tag that connects accounts together, therefore they do not need to pay. The contacts from the parent account will just need to register/have access to their facility accounts for benchmarking/analytics.

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 Critiera 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. 

If I am a Higg FEM 2.0 approved verifier, do I have to be re-approved for Higg FEM 3.0?

Yes, all Higg FEM 2.0 verifiers will need to be re-vetted for the Higg FEM 3.0 verification program. This is because the content and criteria for the new tool have changed. We must ensure consistency among verifications. The format for verifier training is online. It’s a course designed for adult learners. It will take an average verifier 40 hours to complete. It consists of a combination of lecture, with office hours, videos with role playing, offline assignments. Instructors review work and share feedback with attendees. This will help with scalability. Verifiers have access to the system throughout the entire year.

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.

When do we have a plan to launch the verifiers training?

Verifier training will be available in January 2018.

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.

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

We anticipate the highest number of verifiers to be located in the countries where the most verifications have been conducted in the past. These countries include, China. Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh. 

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.  

Is Verification closed for the 2016, 2.0 platform?

The 2.0 online platform has closed for the 2016 Verification Cycle. This means we no longer have the ability to reset passwords nor upload FEM 2.0 verified reports. Verified reports for FEM 2.0 can be sent to We will track these outside of the database.

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