Organic Rules and Certification

Control authority, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Denmark, 2009

Control authority, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Denmark, 2009. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Type of authority/body

Public

Level of operation

National

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

The Veterinary and Food Administration is also competent authority with responsibility for the supervision of the certification system for processors, importers,aquaculture producers and catering companies and restaurants. The control is carried out by its 10 inspection offices in 3 regions, north, south and east Denmark.

Name of the authority/body

Foedevarestyrelsen (FVST), (Danish Veterinary and Food Administration)

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1989

EU control code according to O.J. 2009/C 72/04

DK-Ø-Ø1, DK-Ø-2, DK-Ø-3, DK-Ø-4, DK-Ø5, DK-Ø-6, DK-Ø-7, DK-Ø-8, DK-Ø-9, DK-Ø-10

Comments on accreditation

FVST is not accredited as it is a governmental authority

Authority/body accredited by:

N/A

Is the authority/body a standards owner. If "no", then fill in the contact details below

Yes

Address

Division for Food Quality, Moerkhoej Bygade 19, 2860 Soeborg, Denmark

Phone

+45 33956000

E-mail

6.kontor@fvst.dk

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.uk.foedevarestyrelsen.dk/Food_Safety/Organic_food/forside.htm, http://www.uk.foedevarestyrelsen.dk/NR/rdonlyres/9389E1C5-695D-4703-A641-DB4D5391894A/0/Organic_foods_from_DK_pjece_29_maj_2006.pdf, http://www.foedevarestyrelsen.dk/Maerkning/Okologi/forside.htm

If not a standards owner, does the control authority/control body have a control logo?

Yes

Number of European organic standards (incl. the EC 834/2007) according to which the control authority/body offers certification and/or inspection in the country [standard certified / (standard inspected)]

1

Titles of European organic standards (incl. the EC 834/2007) for which certification (and inspection) is offered in the country.

EC 834/2007, Danish regulation on organic catering, Bekendtgoerelse no. 1240 of 15.12.2008 with later additions

Comments on the system for certification and/or inspection in the country

Besides the EC 834/2007 FVST also certifies organic catering and restaurants and it has special quality logos for that. It also certifies aquaculture and import of organic fish according to the Danish Order no. 114 of 23.02.2004 until the new EU Regulation on organic aquaculture will be implemented in January 2010.

Titles of non-European standards for which certification and inspection is offered in the country.

Certifiction according to NOP may be carried out on request acording to pre-agreed payment.

Brief overview of certification and inspection activities outside Europe (incl. organic standards, for which certification and/or inspection is offered) if relevant.

As a governmental authority FVST cannot certify or control outside Denmark.

Total number of operators in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to the EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

916

Number of organic processors and other operators in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

916

Number of organic farmers in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

0

Number of employees (full-time, part time and free lance) in "full time years" involved in organic certification and/or inspection in the country

3.56 full time years (by 1650

Comments on operators certified and/or inspected and on work force in full time years

Processors, packaging enterprises and importers plus aquaculture producers are certified free of charge, while catering companies and restaurants have to pay a small sum for the certification (see FVST under standards owners). Farmers and farm suppliers are certified by the governmental authority, Plantedirektoratet (Danish Plant Directorate). The number of full time inspectors is difficult to assess since the inspectors in the regions also inspect according to various food safety regulation at the same time. Figures on operators are from 2008

Annual turnover [in €] from organic certification and/or inspection in the country

414661

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

n/a

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

0

Certification fees and inspection fees for other operators in the country, please specify "other"

Control is free of charge except for catering companies and restaurants using the organic quality logos for 30-60 %, 60-90 % or 90-100% organic dinner. They pay for 1st time registration 1000 DKK (€ 134,30), change of registration e.g. from one level to a higher level: 600 DKK (€ 80,58) and for running control: 720 DKK/year (€ 96,70/year).

Comments on annual turnover and fees

The annual turnover for organic inspection is not known, since it is carried out by inpsectors of the regional offices inspection also for food safety at the same time

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

284

Number of operators in the country, which have left in 2008

102

Number of withdrawals of operator authorisations in the country in 2008

0

Comments on gain and loss of customers in 2008 and withdrawal of authorisations in the country

In 2008 8 operators had the organic certificate withdrawn for single lots.

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Denmark
Standards use for certification and control in EU:Danish Organic Order
Operators:Aquaculture
Importers
Processors
Packing departments
Catering and restaurants
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1409
Deposited By:Mrs. Lizzie Melby Jespersen
Deposited On:06 Feb 2009 17:06
Last Modified:26 Aug 2010 15:39

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