OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación
OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación

Organics

The organic agriculture is a production system free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers; it promotes the sustainability of systems and the preservation of natural resources. Organic, biologic and ecologic are considered synonyms.

OIA has different organic certification programs according to the destination markets:
  • Argentina
  • European Union
  • Brazil
  • United States
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • Other markets

How is the organic certification process?
  • The process starts when the producer, manufacturer and/or trader introduce to OIA the project to certify. In this first stage, it has to be analysed which are the standards to apply to start the certification process.
  • After the certification request and signature of contract between OIA and the customer, there is an exchange of documents and information as required by the certification program.
  • After the inspection, an inspection report is made and there may or may not appear non-compliances. The customer is certified after a positive report without non-compliances.
  • Then, the cycle restarts for supervision.

In Argentina
Since 1991 OIA has offered an organic certification program for products destined to the domestic market.  This certification can be applied on different stages: primary production, processing and marketing.

In 1998, National Law No. 25.127 for the Organic Production was passed, and Argentina was one of the first countries in the world to have a law to regulate this type of productions.

OIA has been authorized by SENASA, has the EU recognition and is accredited by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) to certify organic productions. These accreditations allow OIA to certify the main agricultural and cattle productions in our country and the associated industries (dairy, meat, honey, cereals, oilseeds, vegetables, aromatic herbs, fruits, flours, oils, juices, pulps, wines, processed products, etc.) reaching over 2,000,000 hectares under certification.

European Union
Argentina is considered as third country equivalent for the certification of organic products destined to the European Union.

OIA certifies products according to Regulation No. 834/2007 which sets the production and labelling requirements of organic/biological/ecological products entering the European Union.

OIA offers an experienced and qualified certification service for all agribusiness areas, including animal and vegetal products, food and beverages processing, textiles and cosmetics, among others.

Brazil
In 2002, Organización Internacional Agropecuaria - OIA opened Sao Pablo branch office in Brazil.  This office started to certify for the domestic Brazilian market and jointly with OIA Argentina, for global markets as well.

On January 2011 was passed the new organic Brazilian law N° 10.831.

OIA offers an experienced and qualified certification service for all agribusiness areas, including animal and vegetal products, food and beverages processing, textiles and cosmetics, among others.

United States
Since October 2002, the organic products destined to the United States must comply with the NOP (National Organic Program). This program is regulated by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), an entity that has accredited OIA to certify products under their standards.

OIA was the first Argentine certification body accredited by the USDA, and was recognized before the limit date set by the USDA, which allowed our customers to export their products to the USA.

OIA certifies NOP projects outside Argentina (in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Nicaragua, among others.)

The United States has signed an equivalence agreement with Canada, which allows organic products certified under the COR (Canadian Organic Regime) to enter the US market and vice versa.

Switzerland
BIO SUISSE is a private association of Swiss organic farmers.  It provides a seal to those foreign products which comply with the EU organic standards and conditions referred to market policies.

OIA is accredited by BIO SUISSE to certify products destined to the Swiss market.

If you wish to obtain this certification, it is important to take the following points into account:
  • Switzerland only imports products that are not produced by their farmers or that they produce in insufficient quantities.
  • The exporting company must have a Swiss buyer.
  • Air transport is prohibited.
  • The product transformation is carried out in Switzerland, as long as it is possible and reasonable.
  • The product flow is strictly monitored (they test each product traceability from primary producer to end).

For more information, please visit: www.bio-suisse.ch

Canada
OIA has been accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency since the COR – Canadian Organic Regime – start up, to certify organic products in compliance with this standard requirements.

Canada signed and equivalence agreement with the United States so that all products NOP (National Organic Program) certified can enter the Canadian market, and vice versa.

For more information, please visit: www.inspection.gc.ca

Japan
The certification procedure for organic products in Japan (JAS - Japanese Agricultural Standard) has been in force since April 2001. Argentina obtained the organic standards equivalence with JAS.

This equivalence implies that products certified under the Argentine standard can enter Japan directly.

The advantage of this agreement is to access the Japanese market by obtaining the Argentine certification. This agreement includes only vegetal products and derivate. Animal products and beverages are excluded.