Organic Rules and Certification

Competent authority, Ministerium für Gesundheit, Austria, 2009

Competent authority, Ministerium für Gesundheit, Austria, 2009. [Certification - Competent authority]

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Level of authority

National Authority

Name of the authority/body

Ministerium für Gesundheit, (Austrian Ministry of Health)


Section II Consumer Health and Health Prevention Radetzkystraße 2 1030 Wien Austria


+43-1/711 00-0


Links to authority/body web page and further information,

Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

For Abteilung II/B/8 (Lebensmittelsicherheit und Verbraucherschutz, spezielle Waren und FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius) Head: Mag. Dr. Aleksander Zilberszac. Expert for Organic Production: Dr. Karl Plsek

Responsibilities as concerns organic certification


Describe the "other" responsibilities

According to the draft new legislation on implementation of organics (Biodurchführungsgesetz) the ministry of Health is in charge of the implementation of regulation EC 834/2007, in particular also applications regarding permitted or prohibited inputs or additives. The regional authorities (Landeshauptmann with regional food authorities) are in charge of supervision of the certification bodies. So far even more authority is with the regional authorities (Landeshauptmann) which results in an often confusing situation for certification bodies of which most are active in all 9 federal states.

Certification Systems Overview:Competent authorities
Certification by country:Austria
Item type:Certification - Competent authority
ID Code:2037
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:28 Jan 2010 09:47
Last Modified:27 Sep 2010 16:02

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