First Italian organic certification organization, established in 1984.
Member of the IFOAM.
(Sistema Nazionale per l'Accreditamento degli Organismi di Certificazione)
Accredits monitors who can then certify compliance with various official
European production initiatives. Initially started to certify Italian
companies' compliance with ISO 9000 regulations. "The goal of SINCERT
was clear from the very beginning: to strengthen the credibility, both
at the domestic and international level, of bodies operating in the certification
sector, be it the certification of products, company quality assurance
systems or personnel."
Agricultural Standard for the Production of Organic Agricultural Products:
English version of the Japanese official organic agricultural standards.
Major European organic initiative for certifying food safety.
Union Legislation Regarding Organic Production and Labelling:
Official legislation from the European Union.
Department of Agriculture National Organic Program
Official US law regarding organic agriculture production.
of Organic Agriculture Movements
"The worldwide umbrella organisation of the organic agriculture movement,
with about 750 member organisations and institutions in about 100 countries
all over the world. Founded in 1972." The major umbrella organization
of the organic agriculture movement. Almost all organic certification
schemes are based on the IFOAM criteria.
Independent Organic Inspectors
Organic Certification association, member of IFOAM, Organic Certifiers
Council, Organic Materials Review Institute, the Organic Trade Association,
the Organic Law Institute, and Coop America. Certifies according to desired
Organic Trade Association
"The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership based business
association representing the organic industry in Canada, the United States
and Mexico. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers,
farmer associations, brokers, manufacturers, consultants, distributors
and retailers. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association
of North America, the Organic Trade Association works to promote organic
products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards.
"The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization
which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture,
genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability.
We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on representing
the views and interests of the nation's estimated ten million organic
consumers." Contains information on many types of ethical consumption