Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, Bio Test Agro (BTA), Switzerland, 2009

Control body, Bio Test Agro (BTA), Switzerland, 2009. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Type of authority/body

Private

Level of operation

National

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

BTA is a Swiss organic certification body founded by 5 organic farmers. BIo Test Agro is specialized in organic farm inspection and certification, and recently it has also been accredited for certfication of organic processors.

Name of the authority/body

Bio Test Agro (BTA)

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1998

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

-

Accredited according to

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

Comments on accreditation

No EU Control code. Swiss Accreditation Service code SCESp 086 (EN45011) and SIS 056 (ISO/IEC 17 020). Accredited for certification of Swiss natinal regulation and private Swiss standards

Authority/body accredited by:

Swiss Accreditaion Service (SAS)

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

No

Address

Grüttstrasse 10, CH-3474 Rüedisbach, Switzerland

Phone

+41 (0)62 9681977

E-mail

info@bio-test-agro.ch

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.bio-test-agro.ch

Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

Tania Wiedmer-Aeschlimann or Niklaus Wynistorf ; e-mail: info@bio-test-agro.ch

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 / (1)

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 (Knospe label), KAG Freiland

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

Bio Weide-Beef

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

-

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.

1250

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.

12

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.

1240

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

4.9

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

429715

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

Control: Basic fee incl. transport: € 99.15 (150 CHF); Hourly fee incl. preparation and administration after inspection: € 52.90 (80 CHF). Certification according to the Swiss Ordinance/Knospe: € 52.90 (80 CHF). Prices are for 2010.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

Control: Basic fee incl. transport: € 99.15 (150 CHF); Hourly fee incl. preparation and administration after inspection: € 52.90 (80 CHF). Certification according to the Swiss Ordinance/Knospe: € 52.90 (80 CHF). Prices are for 2010.

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

http://www.bio-test-agro.ch/anmeldungtarife.phtml, http://www.bio-test-agro.ch/downloads-1.phtml

Comments on annual turnover and fees

The fees mentioned are excl. 7.6 % VAT. Besides there are other fees which depend on type of plant culture, area and type and number of animals.

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

38

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

30

Number of withdrawals of operator authorisations in the country in 2008

1

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

2008 was a below average year as concerns new operators.

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Switzerland
Operators:Processors
Farmers and horticulturists
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1756
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 08:55
Last Modified:23 Sep 2010 13:58

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