Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, Soil Association Certification LTD, UK, 2010

Control body, Soil Association Certification LTD, UK, 2010. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Type of authority/body

Private

Level of operation

International

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

Soil Association Certification Ltd inspects and awards organic certification to farms and businesses that meet Soil Assocation organic standards. Soil Association has also developed standards for areas not covered by the EU regulations, such as conservation, fish farming, textiles plus health and beauty care products.

Name of the authority/body

Soil Asscoation Certification Ltd

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1976

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

UK 5

Accredited according to

Combinations of above or ISO65 accreditation with scope: “Other organic standards”

Comments on accreditation

SA standards are considerd at least to meet the EU Regulation

Authority/body accredited by:

UKAS

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

No

Address

South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX, UK

Phone

+44 117 914 2406

E-mail

goorganic@soilassociation.org

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.soilassociation.org/certification

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

No

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)]

3

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

Soil Association Standard, AB France, KRAV

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

Soil Association Certification Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Soil Association.

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

NOP, COR, JAS (inspection only)

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

Secondary certification as a customer service offer for SACL (SA std) licensees. JAS is inspection only with the certification decision made by ICS

Names of other European countries (than the country concerned), where the control authority/body is operating

France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Bosnia, Holland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland

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.

4582

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.

1931

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.

2651

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

82

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

Time includes training

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

Application fee including first inspection and 6 months' service: € 230,62 (£ 199) Annual fee for a 50 ha mixed farm(not in Less Favorured Areas): € 565.00 (£450) in 2009. Lower Fees for reductions for LFA/SDA land, young farmers and livestock markets. Businesses that require more than 1 day for inspection will be charged additional fee.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

Application fee includng first inspection and 6 months' service: € 330 (£250) Annual fee for turnover below € 208,599 (£180,000): € 688 (£ 548). For higher turnover a proportional rate decreasing with turnover applies

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

N/A

Links to price lists for certification and inspection services if publicly available

http://www.sacert.org/Gettingcertified/Howtoapply/tabid/1050/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Comments on annual turnover and fees

Fees are included in the info packs for different operators

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

480

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

740

Number of withdrawals of operator authorisations in the country in 2008

30

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

Not a typical year because of higher numbers of processors leaving because of the financial downturn

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:UK
Operators:All types of operators
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1578
Deposited By:Susanne Padel
Deposited On:17 Aug 2009 23:15
Last Modified:17 Oct 2010 16:26

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