Organic. Switzerland

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Organic standards have developed in different countries over many years and there is at present no regulation on organic products which is directly applicable world-wide. An ever increasing diversity of organic standards is available. Organic operators can rely on certification bodies with decades of experience. According to which standard you will need to be certified mainly depends on your target market.
Our service is available in all Swiss cantons in the three major national languages as well as English.
Inspectors with many years of experience ensure continuity in your control procedures.


Swiss Organic Regulation

Each company that intends to market food products in Switzerland as “organic” needs to be certified according to the following Swiss organic regulations:
  • SR-910.18: Ordinance on Organic Farming and the Labelling of Organically Produced Products and Foodstuffs (Organic Farming Ordinance) of 22 September 1997
  • SR-910.181: EAER Ordinance on Organic Farming of 22 September 1997

The Swiss legislation is available online at the website of the Confoederatio Helvetica, provided in all national languages as well as in English.


National Organic Program (NOP)

In 2002, the legislation about production of ecological products in the United States of America, the National Organic Program (NOP), has become effective. Since then, all produce to be marketed in the US as "100% organic", "organic", or "made with organic [ingredients]..." need to be certified according to the NOP.
IMOswiss AG offers NOP inspection and certification services in cooperation with Ecocert SA, which is accredited by the USDA and authorized to certify operations to the NOP.


Japanese Agriculture Standard (JAS)

Production and processing of organic products for the Japanese market is regulated in the Japanese Agriculture Standard (JAS). The certified products are identified with the JAS organic seal of the Japanese government.
IMOswiss AG offers JAS inspection and certification services in cooperation with Ecocert Japan, which is accredited by the MAFF and authorized to certify operations to the JAS.


Bio Suisse

Bio Suisse is the association of Swiss organic farmers and brand owner of the “bud”, the most important private seal for organic products in Switzerland.
Companies that would like to use the “bud” on its products need to sign a license agreement with Bio Suisse.
The Bio Suisse guidelines and further information are available on the Bio Suisse website.


Demeter Switzerland

Demeter is the brand for products from biodynamic agriculture. The Demeter certification program was established in 1928, and as such was the first ecological label for organically produced foods.
In order to be allowed to use the Demeter trademark on its products, a company needs to sign an agreement with Demeter Switzerland. The Demeter guidelines and further information are available on the Demeter website.


Naturland

Naturland is an association of organic farmers in Germany and a private organic label that is well-known throughout the world.
Companies who are interested to obtain Naturland certification need to contact Naturland directly to receive more detailed information about Naturland's services.


Migros Bio

Migros Bio is the private organic label of Migros, the biggest retail company in Switzerland. Companies that intend to provide Migros with Migro Bio products need to sign an agreement with the Migros cooperative association.
The Migros Bio guidelines are available in German: guidelines processing and trade, sanction policy.


Gout Mieux

The foundation Goût Mieux was founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and aims at promoting animal- and environment-friendly food production. Goût Mieux is a Swiss private label for restaurants using organic, regional and seasonal ingredients to offer at least three freshly prepared dishes per day.
Further information is available at www.goutmieux.ch


Suisse Garantie

Suisse Garantie is the common mark of origin for agricultural food produced and processed in Switzerland: Further information and application forms to become a member of the association are availabe here.


UTZ

UTZ is a worldwide certification program that sets the standard for responsible commodity production and sourcing, especially for Cocoa, Coffee and Tea.
IMOswiss AG is approved by UTZ for certifications according to the Chain of Custody crop specific standard. Further information about the UTZ standard is available here.


Other Schemes

Upon request, we are glad to offer services according to further schemes, such as:
  • AB – Agriculture Biologique (France)
  • Aha! – Swiss Allergy Label
  • KOR –  (Korean organic regime)
  • Culinarium (Switzerland)
  • Bio Natur Plus (Manor, Switzerland)
  • Soil Association (UK)



 

Contact

IMOswiss AG / Abteilung Schweiz (Verarbeitung & Handel, Food)
Fon +41 (0) 71 626 0 634
Email schweiz@imo.ch

 


















 

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