Control Bodies

The updated list of authorized Control Bodies in Japan

We publish the updated list as of 30 January 2020 of the Control Bodies recognized by Japan pursuant to the recognition of EU-Japan equivalence.

List of Japanese Control Bodies as of 30 January 2020

The list is also available at the following LINK


COP and Expert Group: agenda of the forthcoming meetings

The next COP (Committe On Organic Production) and Expert Group meetings will take place in Brussels next 14 and 15 October. 

The following are the meeting agendas:

Agenda COP 14 -15 Oct 2019

Expert Group Agenda 14 Oct 2019

Source: European Commission


European Court of Auditors: a special report on the control system for organic products

Since 1991, the EU established a control system that regulates the production, processing, distribution and import of organic products. This system gives consumers the certainty that the rules for organic products are applied at each stage of the supply chain. In recent years, the EU organic sector has developed rapidly. Checking the follow-up given with his special report No 9/2012 published in June 2012, the Court found out that the control system improved, and its recommendations were generally implemented even if some challenges remain to be addressed.


Audit carried out in Italy on control system: the report

The EU Directorate General “ Health and Food Safety” has published the audit report of its inspection to the Italian organic-control system from 5 to 13 June 2018, in compliance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) no. 882/2004 on official controls on food and feed. The objective of the audit was, in particular, to evaluate controls on organic production and labeling of organic products.


RT – 16: the new document

Accredia, the Italian Accreditation Body, has published the new Directives for accreditation of Bodies issuing declarations of conformity of organic products and food-stuffs according to EC Regulations n. 834/2007 and following integrations and modifications”.

The document shall apply from 1 January 2019.

RT – 16 – rev. 5 of 5 November 2018 (in Italian)




Control Bodies: authorization to IMO - Institut für Marktökologie withdrawn

The Autonomous Province of Bolzano, with the Provincial Council resolution No 948 of 18 September 2018, revoked the authorization, issued with resolution No 3031/1988, to  IMO - Institut für Marktökologie, to control and certify organic operators. The Control Body will no longer be able to exercise control over operators who produce, prepare, store or import from a third country the products referred to in art. 1 of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007.


Imports of organic products from third countries: new Mipaaf rules

We publish the Ministerial Decree No 8283 of 6 February 2018 concerning "Provisions for the implementation of Reg. (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down rules for the application of Reg. (EC) No 834/2007 of the Council regarding the import regime of organic products from third countries and repealing the Ministerial Decree of 9 August 2012 no. 18378 ".

The Decree will enter into force the day following its publication in the Italian Official Gazette.


A new operative Control Body: “Valoritalia srl”

The Ministerial Decree No 24019 of 17 September 2012 authorises "Valoritalia srl" to carry out control activities on organic farming operators. Control will be carried out exclusively on processed fresh plant productions, including the wine sector.

The decree is being published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic, and will come into force from the date of its publication.

DM No 24019 of 17 September 2012

Source: ICQRF


European Court of Auditors: an audit of organic-food checks in the EU

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), the “Guardians of the EU finances”, is conducting an audit of organic-food checks in the EU. The auditors will examine the control system governing the production, processing, distribution and import of organic products.


A decree on controls to strengthen the organic sector and provide more guarantees to consumers

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new legislative decree laying down provisions for the harmonization and rationalization of the legislation on controls on organic food production. The law updates provisions dating back to 1995, adapting them to the most recent European Union legislation.

The decree has the following objectives:

- to guarantee a higher consumer protection;



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