Working group regulation is the platform for EOCC members to exchange on the implementation of existing regulation as well as to discuss and propose EOCC positions regarding revised/upcoming legislation pieces. Although the working group members recently focused on the revision process of Regulation 834/2007, they also tackle other issues faced by control bodies, so as the interpretation of provisions linked to conversion or operators’ declaration.
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).
The coordinator of working group Regulation is 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. Tome believes that EOCC is the best vehicle to represent control and certification bodies in the organic sector.