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The European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC) is an association of control bodies and authorities.
In 2000, several control bodies and authorities have seen the need to discuss the implication of European organic regulations on their activities and started informal exchanges. In 2010, they founded EOCC as an international non-profit organisation which now comprises 49 members active all over the world. According to its statutes, EOCC aims “to increase the reliability of control and certification activities and decisions in relation to European organic agriculture”. EOCC acts towards an improvement of the European organic legislation. With its sectoral expertise, EOCC is recognised as a valuable partner at EU-level. We are amongst others member of two Civil dialogue groups of DG Agriculture and rural development and taking part in working parties of DG Health and Food safety. EOCC is registered in the European transparency register under the identification number 755639413555-75.
EOCC aims at increasing the reliability of control and certification activities and decisions in organic agriculture. Its action focusses on four strategic priorities:
Representing the interests of control bodies and authorities towards European institutions, Member States and relevant stakeholders of the organic sector. Adequate, constructive propositions and expertise are the leitmotivs of our action.
Facilitation of the information flow and exchange important information for control bodies, such as fraud cases.
Harmonising of interpretations of the European organic legislation by its members, especially on inspectability of organic agriculture, processing and trade.
Sharing services and developing common methodologies and tools.
In this position paper, EOCC develops its proposals to improve the draft report on the revision of the organic regulation. The position paper focusses on following areas:
– Imports and exports
– Production rules
– Labelling rules
– General provisions
EOCC created a Platform on TRACES in spring 2015 in order to monitor regulatory developments for the introduction of electronic certificates of import for organic products and to develop proposals for a system which would be suitable for its first users, namely control bodies.
This contribution offers a feedback on the TRACES test-phase. EOCC generally welcomes the introduction of eletronic certificates of import but considers that some conditions have to be met to develop a performant and reliable tool.