Frequently Asked Questions
What is Excellence Through Stewardship (ETS)?
ETS is a global organization that promotes the universal adoption of product stewardship programs and quality management systems for the full life cycle of biotechnology-derived plant products. In order to support industry efforts for the responsible management of biotech plant products, ETS was created in 2008 by 11 organizations. Today, ETS has a diverse membership of over 50 public sector research institutions, technology providers of all sizes, seed producers, and biotech associations from around the world.
What is product stewardship and quality management?
Product stewardship is defined as the responsible management of a product from its inception through to its use and discontinuation. In plant biotechnology, stewardship includes careful attention to the responsible introduction and use of products. Meticulous production methods are necessary so that resulting products contain the desired and expected characteristics.
What are the objectives of ETS?
We aim to help our members maintain plant product integrity and support compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Strong product stewardship programs provide a solid platform that promotes the responsible use of the technology, assists in the prevention of global trade disruption, and maximizes the benefits of the technology. The program encourages active engagement with the food value chain to evaluate and promote appropriate stewardship approaches and drive continuous improvement of the industry’s systems.
What are the components of ETS?
1) Principles and Management Practices for the responsible global management of agricultural technology
What are the benefits of ETS for the value chain?
ETS provides information and educational materials on stewardship and quality management guidance to global stakeholders. Moreover, the ETS Program helps provide confidence to stakeholders that ETS members have stewardship programs and quality management systems in place.
How do the various components of ETS complement regulatory compliance?
Who can become a member of ETS?
Regular Membership is available to organizations around the world engaged in discovering, developing, handling or commercializing biotech plant products. This includes technology companies, academic institutions, public and private research organizations, seed producers, licensees and other service providers to the industry.
What are the benefits of ETS membership?
ETS provides technical resources and expertise to help its members meet their stewardship commitments as well as opportunities to network with other members. Members who successfully complete the program will see improvements in operational discipline and their quality systems. ETS publicly recognizes those who have joined the organization and subsequently those who have successfully completed the ETS Audit Component.
What types of resources are available?
The ETS guides provide a foundation for understanding and implementing stewardship programs and quality management systems. These Guides are publicly available and can be found here. We also provide a series of member only resources like checklists, webinars and templates to assist with implementation.