Task force Residues is the platform where EOCC members share their experiences on this issue in order to propose harmonized practices. It provides amongst others EOCC members with Residue guidelines as well as pesticide factsheets.
Working groups, which are standing bodies dealing with recurrent, horizontal issues (Regulation, Imports).
Task forces, which are established for a limited period of time and dealing with specific issues of the sector (Residues, cross-checks, risk-assessment).
Platforms, which are created on an ad hoc basis when specific problematics occur (currently: electronic certificates, Ukraine).
Task force Residues is chaired by Tom Nizet.
Before starting to work with EOCC in 2006, Tom had already work experience as a teacher, as a civil servant in the Belgian Ministry of Agriculture, as a project developer in rural development program and NGO cooperant in Cameroon. He is currently employed as certification manager. Tom supported EOCC developing from an informal network of control bodies and authorities to an established international non-profit organization under Belgian law. As a Belgian national, Tom sees himself as a facilitator and initiator of EOCC projects. Belgium has a long history in legislation of organic farming and Belgian competent authorities have strong visions on organic farming. Tom hopes that EOCC can maintain its excellent relationships with Authorities, continue to be available for its members and continue to increase credibility and reliability of organic controls. Tom believes that EOCC is the best vehicle to represent control and certification bodies in the organic sector.