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.
Please see the SAS accreditation directories of IMOswiss AG on the SAS website.

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    
For third countries:
IMO Organic Standard equivalent to EU Regulation (EC) N° 834
Accredited by SAS IMO Organic Standard:
Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Third countries.
>> Link to standard
Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) Accredited by MAFF Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
National Organic Program (NOP) Accredited by USDA Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
Schweizer Bio Verordnung (EDV) Accredited by SAS Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Regional scope: Switzerland, Liechtenstein.
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
Aha!Authorised by Service Allergie Suisse Food and non-food (processed food, Gastronomie, Hotel, technische Geräte, Kosmetik).
Switzerland.
Inspection: IMO; Certification: AHA!
>> Link to standard
Bio Natur Plus (Manor)Authorised by Manor Food.
Switzerland.
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Manor
>> Link to Standard
Bio Suisse International Authorised by Bio Suisse
Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Worldwide.
Inspection: IMO; Certification: ICB AG
>> Link to standard
Bio Suisse
Accredited by SAS.
Authorised by Bio Suisse
Production, Processing and Marketing of Bud Products.
Switzerland, Liechtenstein.
>> Link to standard
Demeter International Authorised by Demeter
Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Worldwide.
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Demeter.
>> Link to standard
Demeter Schweiz Authorised by Demeter
Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Switzerland, Liechtenstein.
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Demeter.
>> Link to standard
FairWild (incorporates ISSC-MAP)Authorised by FairWild Foundation Wild collected crops.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
GLOBALG.A.P.Accredited by SAS Fruit and vegetables.
Worldwide.
>>Link to standard
Gout MieuxAuthorised by Gout Mieux (WWF)Gastronomy.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Gout Mieux.
>> Further information
Migros BioAuthorised by Migros Genossenschaftsbund Processing and trading of agricultural products.
Switzerland, Liechtenstein.
>> Link to standard
Naturland Authorised by Naturland
agricultural produce and secondary 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 AllianceAuthorised by AfriCert General agrigulture: All crops under the SAN scheme
Countries in Africa as defined by Rainforest Alliance; India
Inspection: IMO
>> Link to standard
Soil Association Authorised by Soil Association Product acceptance of agricultural products
Countries with IMO offices/representatives (not GB)
>> Link to standard
StarbucksAuthorised by SCS-Scientific Certification Systems/ USA Coffee, cocoa
Defined countries in Africa, as per SCS homepage
Inspection: IMO >> Link to standard
Suisse GarantieAuthorised by Agro-Marketing Suisse (AMS) Agricultural products
Switzerland and free trade zones in Southern Germany
>> Link to standard
Utz
Authorised by Utz
Coffee, cocoa, tea, herbal
Worldwide
>> Link to standard
     

Aquaculture & Fisheries

   
Governmental Regulations    
For third countries:
IMO Organic Standard equivalent to EU Regulation (EC) N° 834
Accredited by SAS IMO Organic Standard:
Agricultural produce and secondary products.
Third countries.
>> Link to standard
Private Standards    
ASC-COC
Accredited by ASI
Aquaculture.
Chain of Custody (COC).
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
MSC-COC Accredited by ASI Fisheries.
Chain of Custody (COC).
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
Naturland Aquaculture
Authorised by Naturland
Aquaculture.
Worldwide.
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland.
>> Link to standard
Naturland Fisheries
Authorised by Naturland Fisheries.
Worldwide.
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Naturland.
>> Link to standard
AquaGAP n/a Aquaculture.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
Whole Foods Market Aquaculture Authorised by Whole Foods Market Aquaculture.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
     

Forest Management, Wood Products, Print & Paper

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

Social & Fair Trade

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

Textiles

   
GOTS Accredited by SAS Natural textiles.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
IVN Best Practice Accredited by SAS Natural textiles.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
IVN Leathern/a Natural textiles.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
Textile Exchange: OCS Authorised by Textile Exchange (former: Organic Exchange)
Natural textiles.
Worldwide.
>> Link to standard
Demeter (textiles from Demeter fibres and wool) Authorised by Demeter
Natural Textiles.
German speaking countries.
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Demeter.
>> Link to standard





 

Other Services

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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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