Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, Institut für Marktökologie GmbH(IMO), Germany, 2009

Control body, Institut für Marktökologie GmbH(IMO), Germany, 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

Name of the authority/body

Institut für Marktökologie GmbH (IMO)

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1992

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

DE-005-Öko-Kontrollstelle

Accredited according to

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

Authority/body accredited by:

Schweizerische Akkreditierungsstelle SAS (EC 834/2007?)

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

No

Address

IMO Institut für Marktökologie GmbH, Obere Laube 51/53, DE-78462 Konstanz, Germany

Phone

+49 (7531) 81301-0

E-mail

imod@imo.ch

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.imo.ch/index.php?seite=de_index_de

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/ (7)

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

EC 834/2007

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

Bio-Suisse, Bioland, Biopark, Demeter, Ökoland, Gäa, Naturland

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

US Organic Program (NOP), Japanese Organic Program (JAS),

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

The IMO group to which IMO GmbH belongs, is operating in 90 countries all over the world with European representatives in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Spain and 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.

2542

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.

464

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.

2078

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

7.5

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

Of the 464 operators 275 are processors, 82 are importers and 1+7 are other operators

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

1400000

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

Control fees for farmers are based on the type of production and the area farmed. IMO distinguishes between eight fee classes of farms. The minimum control fee (lump sum) for farms is 228 € and the maximum amounts to 468 € per year. The lump sum includes between 2 and 3,5 hours of inspection time. If this time is exceed, further time is charged with 60 € per hour. All prices are exclusive of VAT.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

Control fees for processors are structured into a lump sum of 360 € (of which 200 € are for the "annual control” and 160 € for the certification) and the time spent for inspection and certification, which is charged with 60 € per hour. All prices are exclusive of VAT.

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

http://www.imo.ch/portal/pics/IMO_D/documents/gebuehrenordnung_erzeuger.pdf, http://www.imo.ch/portal/pics/IMO_D/documents/qa1405_4.1.6_gebuehrenordnung_imkereien.pdf, http://www.imo.ch/portal/pics/IMO_D/documents/gebuehrenordnung_verarbeiter_und_importeure.pdf

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

189

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

86

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 an average year.

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Germany
Operators:All types of operators
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1818
Deposited By:Alexander Zorn
Deposited On:20 Aug 2009 15:57
Last Modified:27 Apr 2010 16:28

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