The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is a globally recognised voluntary standard that sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

The CHS places communities and people affected by crisis at the centre of humanitarian action. As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian aid. It is a voluntary and measurable standard. The CHS is the result of a global consultation process. It draws together key elements of existing humanitarian standards and commitments.  

We are revising the CHS

CHS Alliance, Groupe URD and Sphere are leading on the CHS Revision process. As copyright holders of the CHS, the three organisations are committed to an open, transparent and participatory process to ensure all stakeholders can provide their views and feedback on the value of the standard, find areas for improvement, and update the standard to make it more relevant, user-friendly and accessible.

For more information, see the CHS Revision page or contact the CHS Revision Managers:
Aninia Nadig ( or Philip Tamminga (

Re-watch our three May 2022 launch events:

Global launch: Hybrid session (Geneva and online), 12 May 2022 (English)

French launch session: 18 May 2022, online

Spanish launch session, 18 May 2022, online

CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project