Working Group for Development of Accreditation Programs for Organic Products Certification Bodies Holds Meeting

October 26, 2019

On October 24, the working group for the development of accreditation programs for organic products certification bodies held its first meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, RusAccreditation, and Russian Ministry of Agriculture, industrial associations, certification bodies, and scientific community.

Opening the meeting, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia--Head of RusAccreditation Alexey Khersontsev reported that, on January 1, 2020, the Federal Law No. 280-FZ of August 3, 2018, “On Organic Products and Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” enters into force. According to the document, only CABs accredited in the national accreditation system will be able to perform certification of organic products.

One of the tasks of the working group is methodological surveillance of accreditation of organic products certification bodies.

The meeting featured a discussion on requirements for education and work experience of certification bodies’ employees, recommendations for the establishment and assessment of certification schemes, and other relevant issues.

Minutes of the meeting of the working group for the development of accreditation programs for organic products certification bodies of October 24, 2019, will be available on the website in the nearest future.