The e-Stewards Standard itself is a living document and is updated as needed, via a multi-stakeholder process, using two formal processes:
1) Complete revisions of the entire standard, usually every 3 to 5 years, and
2) publications of Sanctioned Interpretations to the e-Stewards Standard, between formal revisions, as needed.
The e-Stewards Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) exist to provide a single focal point for all clarifications and changes in requirements between formal revisions of the standard. All organizations seeking certification must meet requirements of both the current e-Stewards Standard and the current e-Stewards Sanctioned Interpretations.
Current Sanctioned Interpretations for V2: After January 1, 2018, all e-Stewards audits must be to V3. However, unexpired certificates for V2 are still valid until September 15, 2018. Click here to download the V2 Sanctioned Interpretations, a separate document, for the Version 2.0 Standard. This includes all Sanctioned Interpretations of the e-Stewards Standard Version 2.0 to date.
Sanctioned Interpretations to Version 3 are integrated into the updated V3.0 Series Standards, which are subsequently renumbered (Version 3.1, 3.2, etc.) to reflect the addition of each new set of SIs. Therefore, there is no separate SI document for Version 3; only updated versions of the Standard. However, there will be a list available with citations to new SIs, and a citation page in each updated standard. Click here to access the citation list of Sanctioned Interpretations (if any). New updated versions of V3 will be made available at no cost to original purchasers of earlier iterations of Version 3.
Public comments on Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretations: When new draft Sanctioned Interpretations are being considered, language may be drafted by the e-Stewards Technical Committee or program administrator, as appropriate. Subsequently, each Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretation (FDSI) is made available on this website for 30 days after publication of the draft, seeking input from the public, certified e-Stewards Recyclers, those contracted for certification, and e-Stewards certification and accreditation bodies. Current Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretations for V3 open for public comments, if any, may be found by clicking here, along with instructions for submitting formal comments by the deadline.