The Ecocert celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021. Congratulations!

Post-Brexit News: Organic trade with the UK

Imports from the UK:
  • The 6 UK organic control bodies have now been recognised by the EU as equivalent until 31 December 2021, which means that you will be able to import organic goods from the UK.
  • DEFRA’s objective is to negotiate a durable, long-term organics equivalence agreement with the EU.
  • A Certificate of Inspection (COI) issued on TRACES NT must be issued for each import from Great Britain from 1 January 2021, and presented to your competent authorities before custom clearance.
  • Regarding organic goods, Northern Ireland will follow EU rules (for imports and exports).

Exports to the UK:
  • The UK in respect of Great Britain (GB) will recognise the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as equivalent for the purpose of trade in organics until 31 December 2021.
  • Exports from the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein + Switzerland will be required to be accompanied by a GB COI from 1 July 2021 (phased approach to reduce unnecessary barriers to trade).
  • No organic transaction document is required until this date.
  • Exports from all other third countries must be accompanied by a GB Certificate of Inspection (CoI) from 1 January 2021.
Find out the latest news to import or export organic products to the UK at the Ecocert Group website.

Discover the new ECOCERT Group CSR report

We are pleased to present you our new CSR report in English and German. A real team effort and internally made. We would like to warmly thank all our collaborators for their active participation in the elaboration of this beautiful project.
Through this second edition, you will (re)discover how we act daily for a sustainable world, through our services, through the continuous improvement of our own practices within our organization, and through the cooperation with our ecosystem.
We hope that this document will be instructive and inspiring. Enjoy reading!

FOLLOW THE FROG: Don’t miss the New Rainforest Alliance Certification Seal

Rainforest Alliance certification helps farmers produce better crops, adapt to climate change, increase their productivity, and reduce costs. These benefits provide companies with a steady and secured supply of certified products. Sourcing Rainforest Alliance Certified products also helps businesses meet consumer expectations and safeguard their brand’s credibility.
The Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard is the result of the merger of the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ in 2018.
According to this merger, a new seal came up. Beginning September 1, 2020, the new seal can be used on product packaging and other promotional materials. The new seal graphics can be downloaded through Marketplace 2.0 portal.
December 31, 2022 is the last day when artwork related to the old Rainforest Alliance seal or UTZ label can still be submitted. Please note the accelerated timelines for cocoa products. March 1, 2021, it becomes mandatory to use product packaging with the new seal for cocoa products.
Any use of the new seal will also have to be approved in accordance with the new Rainforest Alliance Labeling & Trademarks Policy and the Rainforest Alliance Seal Graphic Guidelines published in May 2020.

Covid-19: Ecocert gradually and sustainably back in the fields

We are making all the necessary efforts to carry out all audits before the end of the year. Read the message from Philippe Thomazo, CEO of Ecocert group, concerning our return to the field, the reopening of our offices and the positive growth of the organic sector during this exceptional situation!

Rainforest Alliance releases new sustainability certification programme

The Rainforest Alliance has released a new sustainability certification programm. Its revised operations are set to replace existing Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certification programs. Audits against the 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard will begin from July 2021. Ecocert IMO is participating in the pilot phase. More information about the new program...

Carbon footprint compensation

Did you know? ECOCERT sets up its carbon footprint every two years, in order to offset 100% of its emissions at Group level. In 2019, we offset the emissions of the year 2018 by supporting several projects. The "Utsil Naj" project developed by Microsol, located in Mexico, covered 28% of our carbon footprint. We invite you to learn more about this initiative: what impact have we had locally? Have we had a positive impact thanks to our contribution? Please find the answers in our article…

The firm Des Enjeux et Des Hommes joins the Ecocert Group to create a leading CSR consultancy division

The firm Des Enjeux et des Hommes, one of France's leading CSR consultancy firms, and the Ecocert Group are combining their expertise and teams to form a world-leading sustainable development and CSR consultancy division. The two companies share strong values and a common ambition: accelerating the transformation of economic models towards greater responsibility, by placing people at the forefront of businesses. Ecocert has been committed to Organic Agriculture since 1991 by developing its core business: the certification of sustainable practices. To accompany and support organizations in their progression, in 2014 Ecocert created a subsidiary dedicated to training and consulting, "Ecocert Expert Consulting". This acquisition will enable the two companies to create strong synergies between their teams by strengthening the diversity of their skills and businesses within the same division. Read more on the Ecocert Group website…

Covid-19: Ecocert remains operational

During the month of March, the escalating Covid-19 outbreak forced most countries around the world to switch from the restrictive travel restrictions in place to strict lockdown measures, impacting severely all our respective businesses. In this context, most of our employees, in France and internationally, are now working from home, and all the necessary tools have been put in place to ensure the continuity of our services in the best possible way. Despite a response time that maybe longer than usual due to the partial activity measures implemented, all your regular contacts remain at your disposal, by either phone or email. Maintaining your certifications is our number one concern. Read more…

Is Covid-19 a threat to Ecocert certifications?

The lockdown imposed by most governments to reduce the quick spread of Coronavirus, severely restricts the ability of certification bodies to conduct on-site audits. Read more…

Our services during the Corona epidemic

During the Covid-19 period, Ecocert group is taking measures to maintain its services, read the message from our CEO Philippe Thomazo. Read more...

Ecocert now offers a new service: Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA)

Ecocert Group can now perform audits for the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) developed by the SAI Platform on the basis of a self-assessment questionnaire that covers all pillars of sustainability (environmental, social and business). The FSA has benchmarked almost 100 on-farm sustainability schemes and is applicable to all agricultural crops, in all locations, regardless of farm size. In this way, the FSA provides farmers with the possibility to demonstrate their sustainability performance against an internationally accepted framework. The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) is the global food and drink industry platform for developing sustainable agriculture solutions as a pre-requisite for doing business throughout the food and drink industry supply chain. More information…

Hapy New Year 2020!

We thank you for your trust and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2020. Click on the photo below to plant a tree with us. Your Ecocert IMO team

ECOCERT and Soil Association Certification announce formal partnership

ECOCERT and Soil Association Certification, the leading French and UK Organic Certification Bodies, have announced a formal partnership. The partnership will identify and facilitate the sharing of existing schemes, and the development, marketing and delivery of integrity-based schemes and services focused around three key areas: organic food and farming, land use and sustainability. In that context, Soil Association Certification has granted ECOCERT preferred rights (outside of the UK) to audit according to the highly respected Soil Association organic standards. ECOCERT clients in more than 130 countries worldwide will now be able to access the Soil Association symbol by meeting Soil Association’s standards requirements. Read more in the press release...

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