Certification Standards


Our world-wide activities are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) according to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17065, 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.
Download the SAS accreditation certificates of IMO:

Furthermore, the overall high quality of IMO’s performance in various countries is continuously monitored and acknowledged by 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.

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

Agriculture

   
Governmental Regulations    
EU Organic Regulation (EEC) N° 834/07 and 889/08



For third countries:
IMO Organic Standard equivalent to EU Regulation (EC) N° 834
SAS EU Organic Regulation:
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
>> Link to standard

IMO Organic Standard:
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Third countries
>> 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    
Aha!n/a Food and non-food (processed food, Gastronomie, Hotel, technische Geräte, Kosmetik)
Switzerland
Inspection: IMO; Certification: AHA!
>> Link to standard
Bio Natur Plus (Manor)n/a Food
Switzerland
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Manor
>> Link to Standard
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
Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C)4C Coffee
Worldwide
>> 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
FairWild (incorporates ISSC-MAP)FairWild Foundation Wild plants
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
GLOBALG.A.PSAS Fruit and vegetables
Worldwide
>>Link to standard
Gout MieuxGM (WWF)Gastronomy
Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Gout Mieux
>> Further information
Migros BioMigros Processing and trading of agricultural products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Naturland Authorisation: Naturland
Accreditation: SAS
agricultural produce and secundary products
worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
OVP for organic agriculturen/a commercial farm inputs (EU regulation, NOP, JAS)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Rainforest AllianceRainforest Alliance/ SAN General agrigulture: All crops under the SAN scheme
Countries in Africa as defined by Rainforest Alliance; India
Inspection: IMO
>> Link to standard
Soil Association Soil Association Product acceptance of agricultural products
Countries with IMO offices/representatives (not GB)
>> Link to standard
StarbucksSCS-Scientific Certification Systems/ USA Coffee, cocoa
Defined countries in Africa, as per SCS homepage
Inspection: IMO >> Link to standard
Suisse GarantieSuisse Garantie Agricultural products
Switzerland and free trade zones in Southern Germany
>> Link to standard
Utz Certified Utz Certified Coffee, cocoa, tea, herbal
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

Aquaculture & Fisheries

   
Governmental Regulations    
EU Organic Regulation (EC) No 834/07 and 889/08


For third countries:
IMO Organic Standard equivalent to EU Regulation (EC) N° 834
SAS Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard

IMO Organic Standard:
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Third countries
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
ASC-COC
ASI
Aquaculture
Chain of Custody (COC)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
MSC-COC ASI Fisheries
Chain of Custody (COC)
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Naturland Aquaculture
Authorisation: Naturland
Accreditation: SAS
Aquaculture
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
Naturland Fisheries
Naturland Fisheries
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland
>> Link to standard
AquaGAP
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Whole Foods Market Aquaculture Whole Foods Market Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Bio Suisse Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Accreditaion: SAS
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
Soil Association
Soil Association
Aquaculture
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

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
Food and Non-Food
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
For Life, IMO Social Responsibility Certification
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
IVN LeatherSAS 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

   
FairWild (incorporates ISSC-MAP) FairWild Foundation Wild plants
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     


 

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.

 
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