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Privacy Policy

Who are we?

Welcome to, including its functions or applications. This site is operated by the Accreditation Committee For Quality Evaluation (CAEQ), a unit of the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV). The CARTV is a non-profit legal entity created by the Government of Quebec to oversee the application of the Act respecting reserved designations and added-value terms. Its mission is to promote and ensure the authenticity of Quebec biofood products whose distinctive character is legally recognized, for the benefit of the community. The CAEQ is a technical unit of CARTV that offers its accreditation services. As a partner, client or other visitor to the Website, you will find on a lot of information on the accreditation services offered by the CAEQ, the evaluation (audits) and verification process, the accredited organizations, etc. 


If you upload images to the website, we advise you to avoid uploading images that contain EXIF data containing GPS coordinates. Visitors to this website can download and extract location data from these images.


If you leave a comment on our site, you will be offered the opportunity to save your name, email address and website in cookies. This is only for your convenience so that you do not have to enter this information if you leave another comment later. These cookies expire after one year. If you go to the login page, a temporary cookie will be created to determine if your browser accepts cookies. It does not contain any personal information and will be deleted automatically when you close your browser. When you log in, we will set a number of cookies to record your login information and screen preferences. The lifetime of a login cookie is two days, and the lifetime of a screen option cookie is one year. If you check “Remember me”, your cookie will be retained for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the cookie will be deleted. When editing or posting an article, an additional cookie will be stored in your browser. This cookie does not include any personal information. It simply shows the ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other sites behaves in the same way as if the visitor were on that other site. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, install third-party tracking tools, or track your interactions with such embedded content if you have an account and are logged into their website.

With whom do we share your data?

We will only share your Personal Information if you request it, based on your consent or if disclosure is either required or permitted by law.
We may share your Personal Information with suppliers, partners, consultants and employees. This includes access to our inspectors and representatives in connection with the processing of a complaint or application for accreditation. We may also share certain Personal Information with other third parties as necessary to provide our services and manage the Website. Our service providers and partners are chosen for their expertise and reliability. They act on our behalf and at our direction. We authorize these service providers to use your Personal Information only to the extent necessary to perform services on our behalf or to meet legal requirements. We take reasonable steps to ensure that any third party service provider provides a safe and appropriate environment and security measures similar to those required by applicable Laws so that your Personal Information is protected at all times. 

Your Personal Information will also be shared with third parties in the following instances: 
– With Google in the manner described above;
– In the event of a change of control at CARTV;
– To protect and defend our rights in the event of litigation;
– To comply with obligations under applicable Laws, including in connection with legal proceedings; to respond to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process; to respond to an investigation or request by law enforcement authorities or a government agency; or to respond to a request by a government agency. If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long is your data retained?

Personal Information is retained only for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purposes of this Policy and for as long as required by any applicable law, including tax regulations. If you leave a comment, for example, the comment and its metadata are kept indefinitely. This allows subsequent comments to be automatically recognized and approved instead of being left in the moderation queue. For users who register on our site (if possible), we also keep the personal data indicated in their profile. All users can view, edit or delete their personal information at any time (except for their username). Site managers can also view and edit this information.

What rights do you have over your data?

If you have an account or have left comments on this site, you can request a file containing all the personal data we have about you, including the data you have provided to us. You may also request the deletion of your personal data. This does not include data retained for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Transfer of your personal data

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Contact us

You may contact us at any time to inquire about our privacy practices, the protection and retention of your personal information, and to exercise your rights. Our contact information is as follows:

Accreditation Committee For Quality Evaluation (Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants)

201 Crémazie Boulevard East, Suite 4.03
Montreal, Quebec H2M 1L2
Telephone: 514 864-8999

Last update: March 14, 2022

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Do you have any questions?

Would you like to know more about our services or learn more about the accreditation process? Don't hesitate to ask us your questions.