Organic Rules and Certification

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In Poland the organic agricultural area of 285878 ha constituted 1.85% of the total farmed area, and the number of certified organic farmers, (11887) constituted 0.5% of the total number of farmers in 2007

The certification chain consists of the following bodies:

2 competent authorities

Ministerstwo Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi, (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)

Inspekcja Jakosci Handlowej Arykulów Rolno-Spozywczych (IJHARS), (Main Inspectorate of Agricultural and Food Quality (IJHARS).

1 accreditation body

Polskie Centrum Akredytacji (Polish Centre for Accreditation)

1 control authority

Polskie Centrum Badan i Certyfikacji S.A., (Polish Centre for Testing and Certification S.A.) ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

6 private control bodies

Jednostka Certyfikujaca PNG z.o.o., (Certification Body PNG Ltd.) ( organic operators, of wich 360 farmers)

EKOGWARANCJA PTRE Ltd., (Polish Ecological Agriculture Society) (2248 organic operators, of wich 2215 farmers)

COBICO Sp. z.o.o. (1110 organic operators, of wich 1100 farmers)

BIOEKSPERT Ltd. (1513 organic operators, of wich 1493 farmers)

BioCert Małopolska Sp. z.o.o. ( organic operators, of wich 772 farmers)

AGRO BIO TEST Sp. z.o.o. (2450 organic operators, of wich 2400 farmers)

0 public standards owners
0 private standards owners
Certification costs of organic farmers may be subsidized by the following authority

Agencja Restrukturyzacji i Modernizacji Rolnictwa (ARiMR), Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA)