The values of the organic certification process are one of the main points of the Organicity project.
Organicity promotes some of the best organic products from the European Union. The best part of this goal is that the products of this European network are 100% natural and 100% certified by authorised bodies for certification and control.
IFOAM – the International Federation for Organic Movements – defines certification as the system by which the conformity of products, services, etc. to applicable standards is determined and confirmed.
In every member state, the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Public Health is usually the competent authority for control. This institution can delegate its role to other private or public control bodies.
What are the certification bodies?
Certification body: organization offering certification services. A certification body can be a limited company, a producers’ association or co-operative, or a government agency*
Conventional producers who want to shift to organic production can appeal to these certification bodies to ask informations and to understand all the necessary requirements.
The change to organic production requires the control of the quality of the soil production against chemicals additives. This is the reason why the shift last several years.
Sometimes certification bodies manage also the inspection part, which is a key step in the certification process.
Inspection involves quality managers, inspectors and auditors.
All these professionals need to visit and verify that the performance of an operation is in accordance with a particular set of production or processing standards.This is a kind of “environmental auditing” or “assessment”*.
Organic production requires skills and competences, so it can be a hard process for producers. When a producer converts the production soil following the organic certification process, there can be a shift from quantity to quality. Still, it’s worth it.
History of the organic certification legislation in the European Union.
The EU Regulation is now ongoing, since 2007 but the process started before.
The first legislation on the topic was the “COUNCIL REGULATION (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs”.
Nowadays, all the organic sectors work under these European laws:
- EU regulation 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products
- EU regulation 889/2008 on rules governing organic production, labelling and control
In 2021 we’ll have a new legislative framework for organic certification.
REGULATION (EU) 2018/848 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007
This is just a shortlist of the most important steps of the certification process.
Organicity is happy to be an ambassador of this long history of legislative changes and improvements. This is the story of the organic certification process in Europe and how it improved the effectiveness of the agro-food sector, introducing the word “quality”.
With Organicity, we bring this certified quality to our target countries.
*Building Trust in organic – IFOAM