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Training

The IOAS offers training to personnel from government authorities and certification bodies on:

  • conformity assessment in organic agriculture,
  • management of organic certification, and
  • other custom courses as requested.

Most courses are of 3-day duration but can be adapted to specific needs. All IOAS courses are conducted using a mixture of training techniques and with a heavy emphasis on exercises and case studies. All courses are available in English and Spanish. Participants receive a complete training manual.

Why IOAS?

The IOAS is the only conformity verification  body active internationally with a specific focus on organic agriculture. This gives us an unparalleled perspective on the structure and functioning of certification bodies working in this field and the regulatory environment in which they work. We have performed assessments in over 40 countries and work with all relevant regulators and private sector schemes. The staff, board and committee members of the IOAS are themselves involved in organic agriculture in 18 countries. So who better to provide you with the necessary insight and updates on the world of conformity assessment in organic agriculture?

Course 1: Conformity assessment in organic agriculture

This course is primarily directed at personnel from government authorities and national accreditation bodies that need an introduction to the world of organic agriculture and its supervision. The course describes the regulatory situations in a number of countries and goes deeper into the various national and international norms that have been established. The aim of the course is to provide participants with sufficient material and practical experience to conduct assessments of organic certification bodies.

Course 2: Management of organic certification

This course is specifically aimed at senior personnel from certification bodies such as executive directors, quality managers, certification managers, inspection managers and board and committee members. Participants will expand their knowledge of the operation of inspection and certification bodies and the regulatory environment in which they work. The course specifically focuses on some of the key topical issues of the moment.

Other courses

Occasionally, the IOAS provides custom courses to specific groups. We are willing to consider proposals on content and offers to host any training event.

Past courses

  • October 2009 – Conformity Assessment in Organic Agriculture
    in conjunction with government authorities in Mexico (3 days, Spanish)
  • November 2009 – Accreditation against the European Regulation (EC) 834/2007
    for the national accreditation body in Romania, RENAR (3 days, English)
  • December 2009 – Management of Organic Certification
    open training course in Florida, USA (3 days, English)
  • June 2011 – Conformity Assessment in Organic Agriculture
    in conjunction with government authorities in Chile (3 days, Spanish)
  • June 2011 – Management of Organic Certification
    open training course in Bristol, UK (3 days, English)
  • November 2012 – Management of Organic Certification
    open training course in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (3 days, English)

More information

For more information or to book an IOAS training course, please contact info@ioas.org.

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