Organic Rules and Certification

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In France the organic agricultural area of 557133 ha constituted 1.93% of the total farmed area, and the number of certified organic farmers, (11978) constituted 2.27% of the total number of farmers in 2007

The certification chain consists of the following bodies:

1 competent authority

Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), National Institute for Origin and Quality)

1 accreditation body

Comité Francais d'Accreditation

0 control authorities
5 private control bodies

Ecocert S.A.S (5000 organic operators, of wich farmers)

Agrocert Association ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

Qualitè-France S.A.S. (3200? organic operators, of wich 2600 farmers)

Aclave ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

SGS ICS ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

1 public standards owner

Ministère de l'Alimentaion, de l'Agriculture et de la Pêche, (Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries) ( operators)

1 private standards owner

Nature & Progres Federation International des Association (600 operators)

Certification costs of organic farmers may be subsidized by the following authorities

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt, Limousin (D.R.A.A.F), (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Limousine Region)

La Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt de Rhône-Alpes, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Rhône-Alpes Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt, Franche-Comté, (Regional Directorate for Agriculture and Forestry in the Franche-Comté Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt,Pays de la Loire, Regional Directorate for Agriculture and Forestry, Loire Valley)

Direction Régionale de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, (Regional Directorate for Agriculture and Forestry in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt du Centre, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Central Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt, Bourgogne, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Bourgogne Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt de Basse-Normandie, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in Basse-Normandie)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt d'Alsace, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Alsace Region)

Direction Régionale de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt d’Aquitaine, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Aquitane Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt d'Auvergne, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Region of Auvergne)

Office du Développement Agricole et Rural de la Corse (ODARC), (Office for Agricultural and Rural Development in Corsica (ODARC))

Direction Régionale et Interdépartementale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt d'Île-de-France, Regional and Interdepartmental Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in d'Île-de-France

Direction Regionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Foret de Languedoc-Roussillon, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Foresty in the uedoc-Roussillon Region)

Direction Régionale de l’Alimentation de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt de Midi-Pyrénées, (Regional Directorate for Food, agriculture and Forestry in the Midi-Pyrénées Region).

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt de la région Picardie, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Picardie Region)

Direction Régionale de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt Poitou-charentes, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Poitou-charentes Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt Champagne-Ardenne, (Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in the Champagne-Ardenne Region)

Direction Régionale de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt, Bretagne, (Regional Directorate for Agriculture and Forestry in the Region of Brittany)