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
SAS 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
Private Standards    
Aha!Authorisation: 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)Authorisation: Manor Food
Switzerland
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Manor
>> Link to Standard
Bio Suisse International Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO; Certification: ICB AG
>> Link to standard
Bio Suisse National Authorisation: Bio Suisse
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Demeter International Authorisation: Demeter
Agricultural produce and secondary products
Worldwide
Inspection: IMO; Certification: Demeter
>> Link to standard
Demeter Schweiz Authorisation: Demeter
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 BioAuthorisation: Migros Genossenschaftsbund Processing and trading of agricultural products
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
>> Link to standard
Naturland Authorisation: Naturland
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 AllianceAuthorisation: 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 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 GarantieAuthorisation: Agro-Marketing Suisse (AMS) Agricultural products
Switzerland and free trade zones in Southern Germany
>> Link to standard
Utz
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
SAS 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
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
     

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 Leathern/a 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
Natural Textiles
Germanspeaking countries
Inspection: IMO, Certification: Demeter
>> 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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