Enthusiasm for the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) continues to gain momentum, with over 60 participants from more than 30 organisations, donors and institutions attending training and awareness raising workshops in London, Geneva, Nairobi, Turkey, Lebanon and India in July. Designed to provide an introduction to the three different forms of testing available, these events were an important step in laying the foundation for the successful implementation of the CHS in the field or at headquarters level. Furthermore, a comprehensive package of materials including testing methodology, worksheets, baseline and end-line surveys is now available online. These materials will fully equip any organisation participating in either guided or self-assessment testing with the tools they need for implementation.

The testing period officially started on 28 July and will run for 8 weeks until 19 September. Twenty-four organisations have now signed up for the guided testing, while an additional 19 organisations will be carrying out self-assessment testing. We are grateful for the contribution these organisations are making to ensure the CHS is tested at all levels of operations and in a variety of contexts.

Those organisations and individuals unable to test, but interested in commenting on the second version of the CHS can do so by downloading the feedback form from The Standard page.