Organic Rules and Certification

Accreditation body, Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS), Switzerland, 2009

Accreditation body, Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS), Switzerland, 2009. [Certification - Accreditation body]

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Type of authority/body

Public

level of organic accreditation

National And International

Comment on the level of accreditation

The Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) is part of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). SAS accredits all approved Swiss Organic Certification bodies according to EN45011 with scope of the Swiss Organic Ordinance (national level), but several organic certifiers also have many other programmes covered under EN45011, notably the EU Organic Regulation EC 834/2007 and other internationally applied organic standards.

Name of the authority/body

Swiss Accreditation Service

Acronym of authority/body if any

SAS

Address

Lindenweg 50, CH-3003 Bern-Wabern, Switzerland

Phone

+41 (0)313233511

E-mail

sasmaster@sas.ch

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.seco.admin.ch/sas/index.html?lang=en

Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

Lorenz Roggli; e-mail: +41 (0)31 323 35 37

Accreditation schemes offered in the country for bodies certifying according to organic standards

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

Description of combinations or "other" accreditation schemes

All organic certifiers accredited according to EN45011 with scope Swiss organic regulation, but many have also EC 834/2007 and private organic standards in accreditation scope

Comments on accreditation schemes

In Switzerland all organic certifiers are also accredited according to EN45004 (inspection body accreditation) for their inspection activities.

Number of organic control authorities/control bodies accredited, operating at the national level only.

2

Names of organic control authorities/control bodies accredited, operating at the national level only

Bio Test Agro, Organism Intercantonale de Certification (OIC)

Number of nationally and internationally operating organic control bodies accredited

5

Names of nationally and internationally operating organic control bodies accredited

Institute for Marketecology (IMO), bio.inspecta, ProCert, SQS, IMO GmbH (IMO Germany)

Comments on accreditation of organic control authorities / control bodies (certifiers and inspection bodies)

SQS is accredited for the Scope of the Swiss organic ordinance, but presently not listed as approved organic certification body. SAS accredits IMO GmbH Germany for organic certification in Germany and internationally.

Price of 1st time accreditation according to ISO65/EN45011 in €

CBs with up to 6 staff members and 500 operators operating only in own country: € 7900 - 11900. CBs with up to 12 staff members and 5000 operators operating only in own country: € 7900 - 11900.

Annual fee for maintenance of acrreditation according to ISO65/EN45011 in €

CBs with up to 6 staff members and 500 operators operating only in own country: € 5454. CBs with up to 12 staff members and 5000 operators operating only in own country: € 6115.

Number of employees (full-time, part time, frelancers) in "full time years" involved in organic accreditation according to ISO65/EN45011

0.3 full time years

Certification Systems Overview:Accreditation bodies
Certification by country:Switzerland
Item type:Certification - Accreditation body
ID Code:1836
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 16:40
Last Modified:27 Sep 2010 17:05

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