Since the entry into force of the European Regulation in 1993, the designation ‘organic farming’ has become an officially protected designation. Anyone wishing to use it to qualify their production must submit it to an audit to obtain certification. The audit and certification must be carried out by an independent authority or body approved by Member States.
In order to carry out our activity, we have to be approved by the public authorities, i.e. the regional ministries for agriculture.
For which countries are we accredited?
Belgium (BE-BIO-O1) for the three Regions
BE-BIO-01 CERTISYS: Each auditing body has a European code starting with the first two letters of the country where the organic audit took place. The presence of this code on the packaging of a product attests to its compliance with organic production standards and serves as proof of its official certification.
In addition to being approved by the public authorities, CERTISYS must be accredited as an auditing and certification body by an official body of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, such as BELAC: ISO 17065 accreditation by BELAC.
Furthermore, CERTISYS, like all auditing bodies, acts under the supervision of the competent authorities. We are therefore evolving in a system that is established by the law.
The Competent Authorities verify that CERTISYS operates properly and visit our organic businesses to verify the audits we have carried out, and BELAC audits all the accredited activity of CERTISYS (in Belgium, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and in third countries) to check whether the files are complete and whether the sanctions in relation to the non-conformities observed have been implemented and followed.