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An important process

Have you ever thought about what lies behind your morning cup of organic coffee or your evening glass of reserved-designation wine? Perhaps you knew that these distinctive products must comply with specific production standards. Did you know that there is a whole process of validation and verification in place? This rigorous system is what makes these products dependable.

Rigorous double-checking

Throughout the world, there are agri-food products that are regulated by standards because of their distinctive character. This is the case both for reserved-designation products and organic products. Production and processing methods are governed by specifications, which also list substances that are permitted in the specific production method concerned. Consequently, an operator wishing to market an organic product must obtain certification to prove that its product meets the standards in place. An independent body grants certification to a product. To do this, it conducts verifications to check whether all the specific production requirements have been met.

Accreditation consists in assessing whether the certification body has the independence and the technical skills necessary to issue certifications impartially and competently. This task falls to an administrative body, often a public body.


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Accreditation to support sustainable development

Benefits for the whole of society

Public trust

Accreditation provides twofold verification for the benefit of consumers and a guarantee that current national and international standards are rigorously applied by certification bodies. This stringent verification process plays an essential part in ensuring that certification systems are dependable. Consumers can thus have complete confidence in these guarantees and consume more responsibly.

International trade

Accreditation facilitates international exchanges, since its use worldwide is based on international quality standards. This system also contributes to improving businesses’ economic environment by strengthening the public’s trust in them and optimizing their efficiency.

Social responsibility

Accreditation gives the agri-food industry tools to provide transparent proof of sound practices. It also offers businesses an incentive to improve continuously. It therefore gives certification bodies, producers and the entire industry a strong pretext for acknowledging their responsibilities to consumers and society.

How does it work?

The CAEQ’s accreditation of a certification body must, as a minimum, meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065. The assessment focuses on three main areas:

The organization’s personnel

  • Their technical competence
  • The training they receive
  • Their practical experience in the scope concerned

The organization’s technical infrastructure regarding

  • The criteria on which decisions are based
  • Procedures used in carrying out assessments
  • Its premises and equipment

The organization’s structural organization

  • Its independence
  • Its impartiality
  • Its quality management

To conduct our assessment, our team conducts a variety of audits, such as:

  • A review of documents (contracts, operational compliance management plans, inspection reports, decision sheets, copies of certificate, etc.)
  • An evaluation in the certification body’s offices
  • An evaluation of the organization’s work in the field These audits are repeated at regular intervals. Monitoring is continuous from the initial accreditation until renewal.

These audits are repeated at regular intervals. Monitoring is continuous from the initial accreditation until renewal.

We provide the certification body with reports on these activities. It must correct any non-conformities. If it fails to do so, its accreditation may be suspended or cancelled.


Want to have your organization accredited?

Our team will be pleased to talk with you if you are looking for a partner, either for a new accreditation or a renewal.

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