he organic certificates issued by certification bodies for companies in the organic food industry must be published on the Internet from the beginning of 2013, as recently announced by the European Commission.
14 German certification bodies currently post data on bioC, the only Internet platform of this kind in Germany. The aim is to provide all certificates from Germany over bioC in future. The directory will be expanded on a European-wide basis at the same time.
The background to the new EU standard: Before purchasing products, a manufacturer of organic food must be convinced that his supplier is also certified. Besides the company address and the responsible certification body, the company certificates contain information about the product groups for which the company is certified. The customer can thus check whether an organic certificate is issued correctly and not forged.