In Germany State-approved bodies for companies that ecological Produce food (in Austria Bio-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 Bioland. DEMETER. ECOVIN ) the controls are also carried out 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 relevant organic inspection body is mandatory. The code has been standardized across the EU. In Germany these are ABC, ABCERT, AGRECO, Ars, BCS Öko-Garantie, ECOCERT (Code DE-ÖKO-024), Association for Organic Control, GfRS, Green Stamp, IMO, Organic Farming Control Association, Lacon, LC Landwirtschafts-Consulting, ÖKOP, Peterson CU, Test Association Processing Organic Agricultural Products, Qal and QC & I. Internationally operating inspection bodies are for example BCS eco guarantee. ECOCERT. ICEA. Lacon and SGS, See under Organic viticulture and Biowein,