Organic Rules and Certification

Control authority, Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA), Finland, 2009

Control authority, Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA), Finland, 2009. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Level of authority

National Authority

Type of authority/body

Public

Level of operation

National

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

The Control authority, EVIRA is the state authority in charge of the implementation of the organic inspection system in Finland. Besides, it is responsible for the certification of processors, packagers and third country importers and coordinates the inspection work of the 14 regional Rural Departments of the Employment and Economic Development Centres (EU control codes FI-A-002 - FI-A-015), which are responsible for the approval of farms entering into organic production and the inspection of the organic farms. Besides, the National Product Control Agency (STTV) is responsible for the organic control of the processing,import and trading of organic alcohol beverages and the Provincial Government of Aaland carries out the control of organic operators on the autonomous Aaland islands.

Name of the authority/body

Elintarviketurvallisuusvirasto (EVIRA), (Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA))

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

FI-A-001 and FI-B

Comments on accreditation

Being a governmental authority, accreditation is not necessary

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

No

Address

Mustialankatu 3 FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland

Phone

+358 (0)20 690 999

E-mail

kirjaamo@evira.fi

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.evira.fi

Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

Beata Meinander, section for Organic control, tlf: +358 (0)20 77 25044

Responsibilities as concerns organic certification

Supervising certification of processors, packing departments, importers, aquaculture etc.

Describe the "other" responsibilities

N/A

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 / (2)

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.

Luomuliitto ry, Demeter

Comments on the system for certification and/or inspection in the country

Finland has a public control system. The control of the private standards of Luomulitto ry and the Finnish Biodynamic Association is also carried out by the public control authorities.

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.

3890

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.

79

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.

3811

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

The numbers given for organic operators of various types are the total numbers for Finland in 2008.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

1st time registration fee: 105 €, 1st time control: 72 €, Basic control fee: 72 €, Besides there are various fees on approval of derogations and import of organic products from countries outside the EU. Variable fee based on type of plant culture and number of hectares from 5.60 € for grassland - 28.10 € for potatoes vegetables, fruit and berries. However, max 717 €/farm or control for plant production. Green house, mushroom, packaging, storing and animal production: 76 € /hour.

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

1st time registration: 105 €, 1st time control: 72 €, Basic control fee 72 €, Variable fee: 95 €/hour. Besides there are various fees on approval of derogations and import of organic products from countries outside the EU.

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

http://www.evira.fi/attachments/kasvintuotanto_ja_rehut/luomu/luomu_hinnasto/eko-priser2010_0101_internet.pdf

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

130

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

185

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Finland
Operators:All types of operators
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1975
Deposited By:Florence Nyambi
Deposited On:10 Aug 2010 13:00
Last Modified:27 Sep 2010 14:58

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