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New guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies for Europe

Published 24 January, 2014

On 28/29 November the Standing Committee on Organic Farming made up of EU Member States representatives were presented with the European Cooperation on Accreditation policy on accreditation of control bodies in the field of organic production. This document was developed by EA under the auspices of the European Commission and with input from other accreditation […]

SAN clarification on ‘consultancy’

Published 23 January, 2014

The Sustainable Agriculture Network have updated their accreditation requirements to clarify their understanding of permitted technical assistance activities by Certification bodies. ISO Guide 65 /17065 makes clear that consulting cannot be conducted within the same legal entity. At the same time it has been the norm for SAN CBs to provide some form of ‘technical […]

Transition to ISO Guide 17065

Published 20 January, 2014

Many IOAS accredited CBs are underway on their transition to ISO Guide 17065 with full compliance due under most schemes by September 15, 2015. All new applications are being assessed against ISO Guide 17065. Textile Exchange accredited CBs must fully comply with the new guide by January 1, 2015. All Canada Organic Regime CBs are being […]

IFOAM Membership Directory 2014 Available for Download

Published 15 January, 2014

The IFOAM Membership Directory 2014 is now available for download here. This E-Directory contains contact information for IFOAM’s entire membership base.