Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, bio.inspecta, Switzerland, 2009

Control body, bio.inspecta, Switzerland, 2009. [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

Oldest and largest Swiss organic certification body; historically it is closely linked to the Bio Suisse Farmers Association. Bio.inspecta also has some international organic certification activities. Although specialized in organic certitification, bio.inspecta also offers Utz certified, Global GAP and MSC certification. Through its merge with q.cert, the joint company offers various quality certifications (ISO 9000, ISO 22'000, BRC, etc.)

Name of the authority/body

bio.inspecta AG

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1998

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

- (SCESp 006)

Accredited according to

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

Comments on accreditation

No EU control code. Swiss control code: SCESp 006. Accredited according to the Swiss Organic Regulation, EU-regulation and different private organic standards,

Authority/body accredited by:

Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS)

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

No

Address

Ackerstrasse, CH-5070 Frick, Switzerland

Phone

+41 (0) 62 865 63 00

E-mail

admin@bio-inspecta.ch

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.bio-inspecta.ch/htm/home.htm?sprache=e

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)]

10 / (4)

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

Swiss Organic Ordinance SR 910.18, Bio Suisse, Engagement bio (Migros), Demeter, Goux Mieux , AB France, Bio Natur Plus (Manor) , Bio Regio Coop , Delinat Organic Wines , EC 834/2007

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

AB bio, Naturland, Soil Association, Bio Hotels

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

Demeter, Goux Mieux and Delinat Certification is also done for operators controlled by other inspection bodies.

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

NOP (USA): Inspection and Certification JAS (Japan): inspection CAAQ (Quebec): inspection and certification

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

Certification according to EC 834/2007 is offered for international operators. All other organic standards certified and/or inspected are offered also to international operators. International audits are done either directly by bio.inspecta's Swiss staff or through a local partner control body.

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

Albania, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania and Spain.

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.

6550

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.

1570

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.

4980

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

36

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

Besides the 4980 farmers, 1340 processors, 220 importers and 10 other operators are certified in 2008.

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

2635326

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

85.30 € (130 CHF) as base fee, plus 16.40 € (25 CHF)/ha for arable land,26.25 € (40 CHF)/ha for perennial crops, special crops, wineyards. 12.47€ (19CHF)/ha for pastures & hedges. 6.23€ (9.50 CHF)/ha for mountainous areas. Certification: 65.61 € (100CHF) up to 1 hr, additional fees for additional efforts or more non-compliances/follow up. EUR-CHF exchange rate used: 1.5241

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

big audit (max 8 hours): 820.16 € (1250 CHF), medium size audit (max 4 hours): 416.64 € (635 CHF), small audit (max 2 hours): 223.08 € (340 CHF). Certification & post-audit evaluation: 111.54 € (170CHF)/hr EUR-CHF exchange rate used: 1.5241

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

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

http://www.bio-inspecta.ch/htm/landwirtschafttarife.htm, http://www.bio-inspecta.ch/htm/lebensmittelbranchetarife.htm

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

240

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

206

Number of withdrawals of operator authorisations in the country in 2008

3

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Switzerland
Operators:All types of operators
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1690
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 11:27
Last Modified:07 Nov 2010 15:42

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