The Core Humanitarian Standard is being tested by 60 organisations around the world. Meanwhile, individual humanitarian workers have the possibility to share their feedback on the standard until 12 September.

The 60 organisations currently involved in testing the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) include both international humanitarian NGOs as well as national humanitarian actors.

The testing phase of consultation on the second CHS draft is now over halfway through. About half of the testers are involved in “guided testing,” a modality that looks at the CHS as a tool to improve humanitarian action at programme level in the field. The other half are carrying out “self-assessment testing,” which, in addition to the field level, also considers how the CHS can improve humanitarian action at headquarters.

“We are hopeful that findings from the different testing modalities will help improve the CHS,” says Paula Gil Baizan, consultant and CHS process facilitator. “We also look forward to finding out whether there have been any changes in the tester organisations’ understanding of the CHS throughout the process, and if they have made any changes to improve the way they operate as a result of the testing experience,” adds Paula.

Feedback from the testing phase will be available on the CHS website in October.

Send your personal feedback in by 12 September!

The second phase of the CHS consultation also offers individual humanitarian workers the possibility to contribute to the improvement of the standard.

Everyone involved in humanitarian response or affected by a disaster or conflict is encouraged to share their views on the CHS by 12 September 2014 (at midnight, Central European Time).

To do so, please download the CHS feedback form in Arabic, English, French or Spanish and comment directly on the text, structure and terminology used by the standard.

Click on the relevant link above to download the feedback form (which includes the actual text of the CHS) in your preferred language. To fill these forms out you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free here. We suggest you download the file to your personal computer, fill it in offline and then send it back using the Submit Form buttons located in the file.