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Operating a Control and Certification Body for Organic Products


In order to operate a Control and Certification Body for organic production in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an authorization for private control and certification body from the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.

The term “Control body” means an independent private third party carrying out inspection and certification in the field of organic production, whereas the term ‘Organic production’ means the use of the production method compliant with the rules established in the Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 at all stages of production, preparation and distribution.

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The Department of Agriculture grants an authorization for private control and certification body for organic products provided that the Department is satisfied that the legal person:

  • Has the expertise, equipment and infrastructure required to perform the tasks delegated to it;
  • Has a sufficient number of suitable qualified and experienced staff;
  • Is impartial and free from any conflict of interest regarding the exercise of the tasks delegated to it;
  • Has laboratory facilities or collaborates with a laboratory;
  • Is accredited to the most recently notified version, by a publication in the C series of the Official Journal of the European Union, of European Standard EN 17065 (General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems).

Moreover, the Department of Agriculture takes into account the following criteria:
  • The standard control procedure to be followed containing a detailed description of the control measures and precautions that the body undertakes to impose on operators subject to its control;
  • Measures that the control body intends to apply where irregularities and infringements are found;
  • Reliability, objectivity and independence of the body;
  • Curriculum vitae of auditors and members of the Technical Committee of the Body, which evaluates applications for certification;
  • The location of the registered offices of the Organization; and
  • The Constitution and the Organizational chart.

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The Control and Certification Body is obliged to implement the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008, Commission Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 and Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and Council of 29 April 2004, as well as the provisions of the Organic Production Law 227 (I)/2004.

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Related Documents

Download the Acrobat fileRequest for authorization for Private Control and Certification Body.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileCommission Regulation (EC) No 889 2008.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileCommission Regulation (EC) No 1235 2008.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileCouncil Regulation (EC) No 834.2007.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileLaw on Organic Production of 2004.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileRegulation (EC) No 882 2004 of the European Parliament and Council.pdf

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