The EOCC TF Cross checks aims to develop proposals related to the effective and efficient use of cross checks on the internal EU-market and relating to the trade with third countries.
Article 31 of Reg. (EC) No. 834/2007 allows the exchange of information between different actors of the organic control system (competent authorities, CA and CB). Fraud cases in the past have illustrated that there is a risk for falsification of documents to sell conventional products as organic.
Cross Checks have proven in the past as being an effective tool for discovering falsifications if used in a targeted way. Member States provide for different legal obligations for their use, and control authorities and control bodies implement different policies.
The coordinator of Platform Cross Checks is Dr. Jochen Neuendorff.
Jochen serves as the managing director of the German control body Resource Protection Ltd. (GfRS Gesellschaft fuer Ressourcenschutz mbH, www.gfrs.de) since 1989. He is inspector of organic farms, processors and importers of products from organic agriculture in Austria, Germany and other member states of the EU. Since 1998, he is also assessor of different accreditation bodies for ISO 17065 and ISO 17021. He did various evaluations of control bodies certifying to equivalent standards active in third countries, in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is the chairman of the accreditation advisory board “consumer protection” and of the committee Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability of DAkkS and member of the accreditation committee of the IOAS. Jochen was the project leader of a variety of research and development projects aiming to improve effectiveness and efficiency of organic controls, amongst them the EU-projects IRM-Organic and AWARE. Jochen is convinced that one of the major tasks is future is harmonisation of organic controls, a task to which EOCC can deliver an excellent contribution.