IFOAM AND BIOC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
AGREEMENT TO LAUNCH GLOBAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION DIRECTORY
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and bioC are entering a partnership to launch a global certification directory. The directory will provide real-time certification data on the validity and authenticity of organic certificates used by producers.
With a vision to streamline certification processes and increase the credibility of certification documentation worldwide, IFOAM has joined the bioC shareholder company. This new cooperation will enable the global uptake of the bioC certification directory platform by data providers (certification bodies) and data users (producers, traders, certification bodies, governments, and others), to provide and access real-time certification data. This platform assures that only certificates that have been validated by certification bodies as being authentic are included in the system, thereby making the appearance of fraudulent certificates in this system impossible.
Serving as a “one-stop shop,” certification bodies and operators will also save time and money due to the greater efficiency of tracking certificates and the certification status of operators and products relevant to their own operations. Data is protected and confidentiality maintained at all times. The bioC system already has access to over 60,000 certificates; plans are now underway to expand this to achieve critical mass that facilitates worldwide adoption and all the benefits of convenience, efficiency, and integrity that go with it.
IFOAM is confident this project will bring many benefits to the Organic Movement and encourages all certification bodies, producers, traders, and governments to participate.
If you would like more information about this partnership, please contact David Gould, IFOAM Value Chain Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rolf Mäder, bioC General Manager, Rolf.Maeder@bioC.info.
08.12.2014. Source: http://www.ifoam.org/en/news/2014/12/08/ifoam-bioc-announce-partnership-agreement-launch-global-organic-certification