Ecocert is an independent certification body that was established in France in 1991. Ecocert specializes in the certification of organic agricultural products and is committed to supporting the environment through organic farming, recycling, and carbon reduction/off-setting.
To that end, Ecocert has developed is own requirements for inspection and certification of products, processes, and services that support consumer expectations and encourage growers to engage in responsible agricultural practices. Recognized the world over, Ecocert has won the confidence of accrediting agencies, professionals, and consumers becoming a new benchmark in organic certification.
Ecocert Certified Organic
In the United States, Ecocert is accredited by the USDA (Agricultural Department) for the National Organic Program (NOP). Companies volunteer to have their products and processes monitored and accessed by trained Ecocert auditors and officers, respectively.
Parameters for evaluation include inputs(fertilizers, phytosanitary products and the like approved for organic farming), production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, storage, distribution and import. Inspections take place annually and samples may be taken for analysis.
Ecocert officers are responsible for the evaluation of audit data. compliance with specification standards results in an issue of certification. Non-compliance requires remedial action or sanctions.
The Ecocert certification process is overseen by an independent Supervisory Committee made up of Ecocert team members, consumers, experts. Government representatives are allowed to participate in Supervisory Committees.
Testing is a required tool in compliance for Organic Farming. Ecocert sets a plan for a minimum number of testings annually. Samples are taken as part of the plan (routine), an assessment following remedial action, and if contamination is suspect.