Ecocert (French Platform for Fair Trade) member since October

Ecocert is a certification body, recognized
by Government authorities for Agriculture and food products certification in
accordance with the norm ISO Guide 65. Its inspector’s practical experience,
the strictness of its certification system, its technical team’s ability to
design specific tools enables Ecocert to offer an efficient and professional
service.  It can enable one to access to:

European market by certifying one’s products
according to the European Regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008.Japanese market by getting one’s products
certified in accordance with the JAS Standard.North American market by getting one’s products
certified in accordance with NOP Standard.

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Since its creation, in 1991,
Ecocert team has proved its commitment to environment protection. Its experts
have drawn up extremely rigorous public and private Standards:

cleaning products & home perfumesFair
Green SpacesInputsSustainable
Development assessments

These Standards have been created
along with professional representatives and customers. They give recognition to
the economic factors whose practices are more responsible and fair.

Input Attestation

Ecocert grants the “Ecocert
input Attestation” after performing an inspection at the production site.

Analysis of the finished products, agronomic
value and doses, residual levels of pollutants and pathogenic agents,
inspection of composts and organic matter.Traceability and quality assurance within the
companyCompliance of the raw materials for use in
organic farming.

Types of Ecocert-granted

soil conditionersCompostsOrganic
and mineral fertilizersBasic
mineral and conditioners


Organic Cosmetics

Ecocert, along with scientists,
consumers, industry leaders and government representatives, developed the
Standards for Natural & Organic Cosmetics in 2002. It is legally registered
and its implementation is overseen by government authorities. This Standard
defines and promotes a higher level of quality for cosmetics, ensures the use
of natural and organic ingredients for better respect of our environment.

Fair Trade

Created in 2007 in collaboration
with a group of professionals, Ecocert Fair Trade Standard (EFT) proposes a
global approach of Fair Trade, by implicating the entire sector. It complies
with international faIr trade principles as defines by the FINE Declaration and
the AFNOR AC X50-340 agreements. Ecocert has been a PFCE (French Platform for
Fair Trade) member since October 2007. The EFT Standards are available to
operators who wish to enhance the value of their commitment in this field.

The principle of EFT Standard is:-

Involvement of all operators in the commodity
chain and information transparencyTo guarantee the implementation of sustainable
sectors by verifying their compliance with social, economic and environment criteria
at all stages from the producer to the consumer.To guarantee the consumer’s confidence by
controlling the communication of exhaustive and detailed information.Equitable sharing of wealth with respect for
human rights and environment.For producers, the price of raw materials is
determined by sector according to each production context. Producers are at the
center of the approach. They are guaranteed fair pay enabling them to live
sustainably from their work.The specifications provide for the establishment
of a partnership fund, the provision of technical and commercial support for
producers and impose strict good agriculture practices – organic certification
is mandatory for bananas, cotton and flowers.

Food Quality & Safety

Ecocert provides support to
validate and promote efforts in terms of quality, traceability. Food safety or
other differentiating criteria. This enables one to access European markets
through international standards like IFS Food, BRC and GLOBALGAP for example.
Within the Ecocert group, ECOPASS branch is dedicated to certifying the
management systems:-

For quality, in accordance with standard ISO
9001, integrating the process approach and one’s indicators.For food safety, in accordance with standard ISO
22000, focused on preventing and controlling risks in terms of consumer health.For the environment, in accordance with ISO
14001 or the EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) European regulationFor health and safety in the workplace, in accordance
with standard OHSAS 18001.

Strengthened by its experience,
Ecocert helps the industry and individual companies alike to promote the
requirements defined in their specifications criteria are significantly
different to current practices and can be rigorously assessed. In concrete
terms, Ecocert draws up an appropriate inspector plan, then carries out the
inspections, audits and analyses. Depending on the conclusions of the audit
report, Ecocert may issue certificates of conformity.

Natural Cleaning Products

In partnership with sector
professionals, in 2006, Ecocert developed a standard for natural cleaning
products. The aim was to define a requirement level higher than French and
European legislation, to enhance the value of natural substances and guarantee
that producers implement environmentally friendly practices throughout the
production line.

The basic principles of Ecocert
specifications are:

To protect our planet and its resources by using
renewable ingredients obtained using eco-friendly methods and by banning the
majority of synthetic petrochemical based ingredients.To protect and inform the consumer: by clearly
stating the origin and quantity of the ingredients used and presence of
allergens and by recommending environmental advice and precautions by use.To reduce unnecessary waste and discharges by asking
manufacturers to state clear doses by encouraging eco-friendly refills and by
banning the use of non-recyclable plastics.

Organic Textiles

The organic textiles market is
continuing to grow, les by the increasing awareness of consumers who are now
informed of the risks conventional textiles pose to health and environment.
Although the conventional textile industry remains one of the most polluting in
the world, organic textile is not subjected to any government regulation. Certain
certification bodies have therefore, decided to develop their own standards.
Faced with the mass of specification, Ecocert chose to get involved in an
international approach to harmonize standards and adopt the GOTS (Global
Organic Textile Standard) for the inspection of organic textiles. The standard
integrates all of the textile processing stages, from the fiber to the finished
product: the raw fiber must be organic farming certified and all manufacturing process
involved must be inspected.


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