Organic Rules and Certification

Standards owner, Bio Suisse, Switzerland, 2009

Standards owner, Bio Suisse, Switzerland, 2009. [Certification - Standards owners]

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Other (etc.) (Bio Suisse Bud for imported Products)
pdf (Membership fees Bio Suisse Farms)
Word (License fee Biosuisse (Processors))
Other (etc.) (BioSuisse Bud for Swiss products)

Name of these organic standards

Bio Suisse

Standard acronym if different from the name

the "bud" / Bio-Knospe

Level of use of the organic standard


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

The Biosuisse logo "bud" (German: Knospe) is THE Swiss organic label and for most Swiss consumers the only designation that a product is certified organic. It is a very common label, and organic produce carrying the Bud label has a market share of about 60% of the organic market in Switzerland. Only Swiss farmers can be members of the Bio Suisse Association and certified according to its standards. Processors can become licensees.

Names of European countries and/or regions where these organic standards are used


Link to the most recent version of these organic standards if publicly available

Name of the organic standards owner

Bio Suisse


Margarethenstrasse 87, CH-4053 Basel, Switzerland


+41 (0) 61 385 96 10


Links to authority/body web page and further information,

Private or public organic standards owner


Type of standards owner

Farmer organisation

Comments on type of standards owner

Bio Suisse, which is a private-sector organization, is the federation of Swiss organic farmers. This umbrella organization counts 32 organic farmers' associations among its members, as well as the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL.

Type of logo


Comments on logo and the certification and inspection system for the standard

To become certified farmers must join Bio Suisse as members and pay a membership fee. Processors must be contractual partners (licensees) and pay a license fee. Bio Suisse has approved several organic control bodies as certifiers of their standards (farms: bio.inspecta & BTA; processors: bio.inspecta, IMO, ProCert). The Bio Suisse standards considerably exceeds the requirements of the Swiss Organic Farming Ordinance and the EU Organic Regulation. One of the 2 biggest retailers, Migros, does not use the logo, but requires compliance with the Bio Suisse organic standards for Swiss organic products that shall be certified under their own "Engagement Bio" label. Special regulations and additional organic production requirements apply to all imported products - but farmers outside Switzerland cannot be certified according to Bio Suisse. Imported products are approved by Bio Suisse on behalf of a Swiss Bio Suisse Licensee contract based on organic inspection reports plus special Bio Suisse checklists. There are a few Bio Suisse licensees (processors) outside Switzerland.

Total number of operators (incl. farmers) in the country certified according to these organic standards


Number of organic farmers certified according to these organic standards


Number of organic processors certified according to these organic standards


Special license fee claimed for the use of the logo apart from the certification costs


What is the price of the licence fee for various user categories (farmers, processors etc.)

Licence fee for farmers: € 132 - 331. Licence fee for processors: By a Bud turnover < € 65737.58 (100000 CHF) a flat rate fee of € 187.21 (300 CHF); by a Bud turnover of > € 65737.58 (100000 CHF), the licence fee is 0.9% of the turn over, however, minimum € 187.21 (300 CHF) Membership fee for farms: Basic fee Bio Suisse: € 65.74 (100 CHF) plus a fee per ha depending on the crop, however, on average € 7.89/ha (12 CHF/ha).

Link to public price lists, if available

Number of employees (full-time, part time, free-lance) in "full-time years" working on organic standards issues for standards owners which are not accredited certifiers


Annual turnover related to licence fees in €

€ 2.890000 (4.4 Million CHF)

Comments on employees in "full-time years" and turnover

12 employees of a total of 29 full time employees of Bio-Suisse are involved in the quality assurance and standards development. The total income of Bio Suisse in 2008 was € 5.46 Mill. (8.3 Mill CHF). Staff figures are also for 2008.

Certification Systems Overview:Standards owners
Certification by country:Switzerland
Item type:Certification - Standards owners
ID Code:1831
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:25 Feb 2010 13:15
Last Modified:29 Sep 2010 16:24

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