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The new TRACES System for Import of Organic Products into the European Union

The European Union requires Certificates of Inspection (COI, also called transaction certificates) for each import of organic products from third countries. Through Regulation (EC) 2016/1842, the European Commission established new rules for improving the traceability of organic products and reducing potential fraud. In the future, COIs will no longer be issued on paper, but electronically through the so called TRACES System. These will be called “e-COI”.

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Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture

Rainforest Alliance / SAN Accreditation by IOAS

After several years of hard work, on 10th March 2015 CERES has achieved accreditation by IOAS for certification according to
Rainforest Alliance / Sustainable Agriculture Network Standards.
For the time being, we can offer this service in the countries listed at:

CERES-Team Meeting at Stuttgart

Our recent annual staff meeting and training took place near Stuttgart on the 26th and 27th of November 2014 - this time we had a total of 34 participants all in all. A new record for CERES!

It was a pleasure to welcome and work with all CERES employees based in Germany and again we also had some international guests, as Amelia and Andreea from CERES Romania and Asli from CERES Turkey joined us in the 2 day workshop.

Presentations about the development of specific departements in CERES as well as of the company as a whole were shared and special aspects related with our daily work were analized in work groups.

Furthermore some interesting training sessions completed the official programm. The meeting was topped off by the excellent food and inspiring coffee breaks prepared by our hosts and some funny and exhausting evening activities in sports and on the Christmas market.

Report in "Hechos Cafeteros" Commitee of Coffee Growers - Valle de Cauca (4C ASSOCIATION)

CERES-Team Meeting at Deinsdorf


On the 4th and 5th of December again has taken place our annual staff meeting. This time there where present not only all employees working in Germany, but also two international guests: Asli from Turkey and Yu Weijing from China.

The meeting was marked by several interesting presentations, group work, a lot of important information and a nice get-together in the evening completing in a lovely way another intense and rich year of work in the ever-growing company CERES.

CERES a fost aprobat de catre Comisia Europeana ca si Organism de Control in vederea unei mai usoare proceduri de import din tarile terte!


In 20 iunie 2012, Comisia Europeana a publicat Lista certificatorilor care pot aplica o procedura de import mai redusa pentru importul de produse ecologice din tarile terte. In baza Regulamentului 508/2012, CERES a fost aprobat pentru facilitarea acestor demersuri in numeroase tari (de la Albania pana la Vietman). Tarile pentru care CERES a fost aprobat, le veti gasi pe paginile 25 si 26 din Regulation EC 508/2012.

Doua din implicatiile majore ale acestei aprobari sunt:

  1. Cei care importa in UE nu mai au nevoie de Licenta de import (?autorizatia de a comercializa produse ecologice in UE...?) pentru produsele ecologice (exceptand produsele in conversie si vinul) din aceste tari.

  2. In tarile in care CERES a fost aprobat, codul certificatorului s-a modificat. In loc de XY-BIO-604, noul cod este XY-BIO-140! De acum inainte, codul XY-BIO-604 se va folosi doar pentru produsele din tarile pentru care CERES nu a fost inca aprobat si pentru acelea pentru care Licenta de import este in continuare necesara (produsele in conversie si vinul)!

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