Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA), UK, 2010

Control body, Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA), UK, 2010. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Type of authority/body

Private

Level of operation

Regional

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

SOPA was established to provide a focus for organic food producers across Scotland, and is committed to the long term growth of a viable organic industry infrastructure linking producers, processors and retailers in the interests of the consumer. SOPA's organic certification scheme is managed by Scottish Food Quality Certification Ltd (SFQC). The SOPA certification standard is accredited under EN45011 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Name of these organic standards

Scottish Organic Producers Association Ltd

Standard acronym if different from the name

SOPA

Level of use of the organic standard

Regional

Comment on the use of the organic standard and additional subjects covered

SOPA exists to promote the sustainable growth of its members' farming businesses through the development of its services as Scotland's largest organic certification body. SOPA was established to provide a focus for organic food producers across Scotland, and is committed to the long term growth of a viable organic industry infrastructure linking producers, processors and retailers in the interests of the consumer. SOPA's organic certification scheme is managed professionally on behalf of its members by Scottish Food quality Certification Ltd (SFQC). The SOPA certification standard is accredited under EN450/11 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). SOPA’s Support and Development services are also contracted out to SFQC utilising SFQC’s extensive knowledge of the food industry and helping SOPA to raise its profile to the benefit of all its members.

Name of the authority/body

Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA)

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1988

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

UK 3

Accredited according to

IFOAM accreditation

Comments on accreditation

The parent company Scottish Food Quality Certification Limited is accredited for 10 other scopes.

Authority/body accredited by:

UKAS

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

No

Address

SFQC, Royal Highland Centre, 10th Avenue, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NF, UK

Phone

+44 (0)131 335 6606

E-mail

info@sopa.org.uk

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.sopa.org.uk/index.php

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

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

NOP

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.

450

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.

39

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.

411

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

Application fee, discount for first year of conversion. After that an annual fee depending on size, discounted rate for rough grazing. A mixed farm of 50 ha would pay approx € 620 (£495) per year.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

Fees in bands depending on length of inspection visit, lower rate for small scale processing (<2 hours).

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

NA

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

http://www.sopa.org.uk/fees3.php

Comments on annual turnover and fees

The fee prices are for 2009

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

30

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

12

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

Influx of new farmers due to Rural Development funding for conversion, average in terms of withdrawal.

Private or public organic standards owner

Private

Type of standards owner

Farmer organisation

Type of logo

Other

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:UK
Operators:Processors
Farmers and horticulturists
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1821
Deposited By:Susanne Padel
Deposited On:19 Aug 2009 09:03
Last Modified:29 Sep 2010 00:46

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