In Austria State-approved bodies for companies that ecological Produce food (in Germany Eco-Control ). The inspection bodies carry out an initial inspection and certification of a company according to the criteria of EU Organic Regulation in front. This is followed by a registered annual test, but also unannounced samples. If the decision is positive, that is allowed Biosiegel the EU and, if applicable, an association seal. As a rule, when a company is a member of one of the many organic associations (for example DEMETER. ECOVIN and ORBI) also carried out the controls according to their usually even stricter guidelines. The inspection bodies are authorized or determined by the individual countries and are different for each country.
The labeling of the organic product with the code number of the organic inspection body is mandatory. The code has been standardized across the EU. In Austria these are the seven control bodies Austria organic guarantee = ABG (code AT-BIO-301), BIKO Tirol (also controls organic farms in South-Tirol ), BIOS, Lacon, LVA (Food Research Institute), SGS Austria and SLK. Internationally active institutions are for example BCS eco guarantee. ECOCERT. ICEA and SGS, See also under Organic viticulture and Biowein,