The international organization (Organisme de Contrôle & de Certification) was founded in France in 1991, co-founder and CEO is William Vidal. At first, only farms that use organic farming methods were checked and certified. Then came the certification fields of natural / organic cosmetics, ecological textiles, ecological washing / cleaning agents, room scents, paints and varnishes, operating materials, ecological green space management, fair trade and golf courses. One of the orientations is based on the rule IFS (International Featured Standards or Intermational Food Standard).
With 23 branches on 5 continents, ECOCERT is represented in over 80 countries. An international network forms over 500 employees. There are branches in Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. The ECOCERT INTERNATIONAL division is based in Northeim (Saxony, Germany) and ECOCERT France's in L'Isle-Jourdain (Gers).
ECOCERT controls 70% of organic farming and manufacturing in France and 30% worldwide. It is one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. The companies have their products checked at regular intervals (12 or 18 months). If the result is successful, there is a license and the right to use the ECOCERT seal (ellipse with red text ECOCERT). Other similar international organizations for organic certification are ICEA and SGS, All can be different per country as one of the state approved bio respectively. Inspection bodies act. See also under Organic viticulture,