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Council Regulation (EU) No 2007/834


National Organic Program of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)
Japanese Agricultural Standard of Organic Agricultural Products (including Processed Foods) of the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan)
Bio Suisse
Bio Suisse is the umbrella organization of the Swiss organic farmers.
Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture *
Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture means purely plant-based organic farming. This form of cultivation excludes all commercial livestock farming and slaughtering of animals and does not use any inputs of animal origin. Special emphasis is placed on the promotion of biodiversity, healthy soil life, the closure of organic cycles and on systematic humus build-up. Since November 2017, the Biocyclic Vegan Standard has been available worldwide as a global standard for vegan organic farming accredited by IFOAM.
Canada Organic Regime (COR)
In 2009, Canada and the USA signed an equivalence agreement for organic products. Products certified to the US National Organic Program, can be sold as organic also in Canada.
The GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD is the most comprehensive and worldwide recognised standard for organic textiles.
Since 2000, BEST incorporates the guidelines for sustainable textiles on the basis of definitions of ecology and social accountability formulated by Internationalen Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft e. V. (IVN)..
OCS Organic Content Standard *
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) relies on third-party verification to verify a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material.
Bird Friendly Coffee
The shade criteria for "Bird Friendly®" coffee has been developed by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in the spirit of mutual interest and cooperation with others involved in coffee (producers, traders, retailers, researchers, etc.) who share concerns about this very important aspect of sustainable coffee production.
Remark: At the bottom of the page you will find a link to the pdf.file "Norms for Production, Processing and Marketing of "Bird Friendly ®" Coffee".
Demeter is the brand for products from Biodynamic® Agriculture.

Remark: On the DEMETER website please go for "Standards".
Naturland is one of the most important organisations in the field of organic agriculture in Germany. On the global level Naturland is one of the major certifying organisations for organic produce.

Remark: On the NATURLAND website please go for "Naturland e.V. Standards".
Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Remark: On the website of Soil Association please go for "Organic Standards".
KRAV Standard
The first KRAV Standard where published 1985 and covered plant production. Today they have Standards for 19 different types of production.

Organic Production Standard of Ecuador
Reglamento de La Normativa de la Producción Orgánica Agropecuaria en el Ecuador

National Standard for Organic Production in Ecuador


Non-Organic Standards

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GlobalG.A.P. *
GLOBALG.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) offers guidance on safety and sustainable agriculture in food production worldwide. More and more producers, suppliers, and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match. The standard is transparency towards consumers in agricultural food production. CERES is an approved as certification body at FoodPlus GmbH for the following sub-scopes:
1. Fruit and Vegetables
2. Combinable Crops
3. Plant Propagation Material
4. Flowers and Ornamentals
Furthermore, CERES can conduct inspection for the following Add-on:
• GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice),
• NURTURE (Tesco),
• FSMA PSR (GLOBALG.A.P. Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule)
• TR4 Biosecurity for Bananas
BeVeg Vegan Product Certification*
BeVeg is the world’s leading vegan certification company. The BeVeg vegan standard is the benchmark for vegan assurance, giving you the confidence you need to access new markets and establish new business that meets vegan consumer expectations. BeVeg is the world's first and only ISO 17065 accredited vegan standard and global vegan trademark built in accordance with ISO 17067 as an international conformity assessment program.
Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices
Starbucks? socially and environmentally responsible buying guidelines for coffee and cocoa are respectively called C.A.F.E. Practices and COCOA Practices. CERES has been approved as a verification organisation by SCS.
Utz Certified
Utz Certified is a certification program for sustainable coffee, cocoa and tea production.
Rainforest Alliance*
The Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA) is a non-profit organization specializing in fair trade and social responsibility standard development, ethical supply chain management and accountable, sustainable community development.
4C Services*
The 4C Certification System works towards building a sustainable coffee supply chains and improved livelihoods of farmers. 4C applies high standards on economic, social and environmental conditions for coffee production and processing.
The Union for Ethical Bio Trade*
UEBT brings together a range of stakeholders (companies, NGOs, governments) to promote sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity.
Símbolo de Pequeños Productores*
The SPP is backed by an independent certification system, guaranteeing consumers that products come from authentic, democratic, self-managing organizations of small producers, and that they have been produced in line with criteria for economic, social, cultural and ecological sustainability, and commercialized under fair conditions.
RCS Recycled Claim Standard *
The RCS is a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain.

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