Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria.

Standards are voluntary consensus documents that are developed by agreement and their application is by choice unless their use is mandated by government or called up in a contract.

Standards are one tool in a regulatory spectrum that may be applied by governments to provide a solution to a problem.

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd is a standards development organisation accredited by The Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO) and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the two Australian Standards which form the core of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme: