List of accreditations

As certification is subject to supervision, control bodies are themselves regularly audited by relevant authorities and official organizations for compliance of their procedures: this is called the accreditation process.

Our world-wide activities are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) according to ISO/IEC 17020 and EN 45011 (ISO 65), which is the international standard for certification requiring independence, competence and impartiality. The last audits confirm the high qualifications of IMO’s inspectors and the efficiency of IMO’s worldwide quality management system.
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Furthermore, the overall high quality of IMO’s performance in various contries is continuously monitored and acknowledged by the German Accreditation System for Testing (DAKKS), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF), the Accreditation Services International (ASI) for MSC and FSC and many other private label schemes.

The EU Commission has officially recognized IMO as control body for the purpose of equivalence (Regulation (EU) 508/2012). IMO has been approved in more than 60 countries as equivalent and is recognized for all product categories, with exception of processed feed, like plant and animal production (including Bees), aquaculture, processing and seed production. Read more...

Our customers benefit from a wide range of certification programms: IMO offers certification/inspection services according to about 70 different ecological and social standards.
 
List of our accreditations
Scheme Accredited/ authorised by Remarks, Scope, Links

Agriculture

   
Governmental Regulations    
EU Organic Regulation (EEC) N° 834/07 and 889/08 SAS Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) MAFF Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
National Organic Program (NOP) USDA Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Schweizer Bio Verordnung (EDV) SAS Agricultural produce and secondary products
Regional scope: Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Landwirtschaftliche Deklarationsverordnung (LDV) SAS (international), BLW Animal Food
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
Bio Suisse International Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Accreditation: SAS
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Bio Suisse National Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Accreditation: SAS
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Demeter International Authorisation: Demeter
Accreditation: SAS
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Demeter
>> Link to standard
Demeter Schweiz Authorisation: Demeter
Accreditation: SAS
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Demeter
>> Link to standard
Naturland Authorisation: Naturland
Accreditation: SAS
agricultural produce and secundary products
worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
Soil Association Soil Association Product acceptance of agricultural products
Countries with IMO offices/representatives (not GB)
>> Link to standard
GLOBALG.A.P SAS Fruit and vegetables
Worldwide
>>Link to standard
Utz Certified Utz Certified Coffee, cocoa, tea
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C) 4C Coffee
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Migros Bio Migros Processing and trading of agricultural products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Suisse Garantie Suisse Garantie Agricultural products
Switzerland and free trade zones in Southern Germany
>> Link to standard
SwissGAP SwissGAP Agricultural products
Switzerland and free trade zones in Southern Germany
>> Link to standard
Rainforest Alliance Rainforest Alliance/ SAN General agrigulture: All crops under the SAN scheme
Countries in Africa as defined by Rainforest Alliance; India
Inspection: IMO
>> Link to standard
Starbucks SCS-Scientific Certification Systems/ USA Coffee, cocoa
Defined countries in Africa, as per SCS homepage
Inspection: IMO >> Link to standard
     

Aquaculture & Fisheries

   
Governmental Regulations    
EU Organic Regulation (EC) No 834/07 and 889/08 SAS Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
ASC
ASI
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
ASC-COC
ASI
Aquaculture
Chain of Custody (COC)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
MSC-COC ASI Fisheries
Chain of Custody (COC)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
MSC Fisheries ASI Fisheries
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Naturland Authorisation: Naturland
Accreditation: SAS
Aquaculture
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
Naturland Naturland Fisheries
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
AquaGAP Bio-Foundation Switzerland Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Whole Foods Market Aquaculture Whole Foods Market Aquacultur
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Bio Suisse Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Accreditaion: SAS
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
GLOBALG.A.P SAS Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Soil Association
Soil Association
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Cycle Shrimp
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Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

Cosmetics

   
NATRUE in Cooperation with EcoControl Natural and organic cosmetics
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
VidaSana VidaSana Natural and organic cosmetics
Worldwide
     

Forest Management, Wood Products, Print & Paper

   
FSC ASI Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC)
Worldwide (except Chile for FM)
>> Link to standard
PEFC SAS Chain of Custody (CoC)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Naturland Naturland Forest management, timber processing
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
     

Social & Fair Trade

   
Fair for Life, Social & Fair Trade Certification Bio-Foundation, Switzerland Food and Non-Food
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
For Life, IMO Social Responsibility Certification Bio-Foundation, Switzerland Food and non-food
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Corporations Food and non-food
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Naturland Fair Naturland Agricultural Products
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
Hand in Hand Rapunzel Agricultural products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

Textiles

   
GOTS SAS Natural textiles
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
IVN Best Practice SAS Natural textiles
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Textile Exchange: OCS Textile Exchange (former: Organic Exchange)
Natural textiles
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Demeter (textiles from Demeter fibres and wool) Authorisation: Demeter
Accreditation: SAS
Natural Textiles
Germanspeaking countries
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Demeter
>> Link to standard
Naturland Naturland Natural textiles
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
     

Wild Collection

   
Governmental Regulations    
EU Organic Regulation (EC) No 834/07 and 889/08 SAS Wild plants
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
IMO Guidance Manual Wild Collection SAS Wild products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
FairWild (incorporates ISSC-MAP) FairWild Foundation Wild plants
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

Special Schemes

   
Aha! n/a Food and non-food (processed food, Gastronomie, Hotel, technische geräte, Kosmetik)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Bio Natur Plus (Manor) n/a Food
Switzerland
>> Link to Standard
ConCert n/a Sampling of export products for analysis
Worldwide
>> Link to Standard
IVN Leather SAS Natural textiles
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
OVP for organic agriculture n/a commercial farm inputs (EU regulation, NOP, JAS)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard



Gout MieuxGM (WWF)Gastronomy
Switzerland and Liechtenstein
>> Further information
     

Food Safety 

In partnership
 
ISO 9000 In cooperation with TÜV Süd  
ISO 22000 In cooperation with ProCert  
FSSC 22000 In cooperation with ProCert  
Synergy 22000 In cooperation with ProCert  
HACCP In cooperation with ProCert  
IFS/BRC In cooperation with ProCert and TÜV Süd  


 

Other Services

Other services are available upon request. Please contact us at imo@imo.ch.
 

IMO’s quality management system is continually improved to ensure the reliability of certification decisions as well as conformance to all accreditation requirements. The quality system includes a complex system of internal and external control procedures, which are valid for the whole IMO Group.

 
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