EU organic-farming regulations define the technical requirements applicable to the production and processing system. Ecocert conducts field inspections to verify that these requirements are met by farmers and manufacturers, who commit voluntarily to the programme.
The inspections focus on the entire production system: land plots, seeds, fertilisers, herds, cultivation and breeding practices, recipes, storage facilities, processing, labelling, etc. At each stage, Ecocert checks for the absence of GMOs, pesticides, petroleum-derived fertilisers, etc.
As a certification body, Ecocert cannot add additional requirements or discriminatory criteria to its inspection procedures.
Lastly, Ecocert’s inspections supplement, but do not replace, those routinely conducted by other bodies and authorities on all farming and food products, whether conventional or organic: European Commission, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (AFSSA), French Ministry of Agriculture, French Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF), French Directorate General of Customs, etc.