Two international organizations cooperate to help ensure quality and production of maple syrup and the health of the often very local, small-farm maple syrup production industry:
- The North American Maple Syrup Council is comprised of representatives from state/provincial maple producer associations in Canada and the United States. This organization focuses primarily on issues of concern to maple syrup producer groups and actively supports maple research.
- The International Maple Syrup Institute is comprised of state and provincial maple associations, maple equipment manufacturers and other maple businesses and individuals. The Institute focuses its efforts on international standards for pure maple syrup, product quality assurance and marketing in the international marketplace. The two organizations often work together in helping resolve issues of importance to the maple syrup industry
The IMSI is all about the quality standards, espousing the mission:
- To protect the integrity of pure maple syrup;
- To encourage more industry cooperation; and,
- To improve communication within the international maple syrup industry.
(These three bullets and the two above are quoted from the IMSI website, linked above)