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Date first offered: 1994
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Founded in 1972 as a membership organisation to represent the global organic movement promoting and lobbying for wider adoption of organic production, it remains true to that mission today.
IFOAM first set an international organic standard in 1980 and it has been the mother of all organic standards around the world today. In 1992, IFOAM developed their first requirements for organic certification which similarly have influenced the way certification is conducted in both private and regulatory schemes in many countries and in many sectors. IFOAM has worked with the global organic movement to develop these norms in consultation with auditors and certificate holders to be particularly suited for organic certification.
IFOAM accreditation is the international verification of competence for certification bodies active in organic agriculture. It is for those certification bodies who want to demonstrate their commitment to the global organic movement and who want to show their support for a harmonised, common-sense conformity assessment system. IFOAM accreditation can be used by country authorities as a simple mechanism for equivalence of imports.
Starting 2015, the concept of IFOAM Accreditation has been revised. IFOAM Accreditation now includes what was previously known as the “IFOAM Global Organic System Accreditation (IGOSA)”. Indeed, both systems have been consolidated into one single programme named IFOAM Accreditation, which now allows two options:
The IFOAM Accreditation is therefore now based on the following concepts:
First steps to accreditation are as follows:
The IOAS IFOAM Operating Manual provides full guidance on implementation of this scheme.
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