Accreditation and Approval

A business regulated by the authorities

Certification is subject to supervision. Certification bodies are themselves audited by the relevant authorities and bodies, as part of the approval and accreditation process. In France, the French Accreditation Committee (Cofrac) is the designated body for the accreditation of certification bodies according to the ISO 17065 standard (applicable to product certifications only, formerly EN 45011), which requires independence, competence and impartiality. ECOCERT takes all the measures necessary to meet these requirements and ensure the reliability of its decisions.

Accreditations

ECOCERT is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee) (available on www.cofrac.fr) :

Europe

  • ECOCERT France SAS: Accreditation No 5-0035 for products and services certification, scope available on www.cofrac.fr
  • ECOCERT Greenlife SAS: Mark ECOCERT, accreditation n°5-0520, products and services certification, scope available on www.cofrac.fr
  • ECOCERT SA: Accreditation # 5-0074 by Cofrac for Certification of products and services. List of the accredited sites and scopes available on www.cofrac.fr
    > Access to list of activities covered  by the Cofrac accreditation
  • ECOCERT Environment SAS (formerly Ecopass SAS): Accreditation No 4-0011 for the ISO 14001, ISO 9001, PEFC certifications; and accreditation No 4-E010 (FR-V-0010) pour the EMAS verification. Scope available on www.cofrac.fr

United States

  • ECOCERT SA is accredited by the USDA (Agricultural Department) for the National Organic Program (NOP).

Japan

  • ECOCERT Japan Ltd. is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS).

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In compliance with the accreditation requirements aiming at guaranteeing the impartiality of its work and decisions, ECOCERT top management defined and committed to a policy, and has set up impartiality committees. Committees supervise the conformity assessment activities according to the related schemes in each entity of the Group.
> Please find the ECOCERT SA top management policy

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Approvals

ECOCERT is also recognized by public and private bodies for the inspection of organic farming standards :

  • Private standards inspections: Biodyvin, Bio Suisse, Demeter...
  • Approval for the inspection and certification on the basis of national regulations: China, Colombia, South Korea, India, Turkey...