The International Organization (Organme de Contrôle & de Certification) was founded in France in 1991, with co-founder and CEO William Vidal. At first, only farms that use the methods of organic farming were inspected and certified. Then followed the certification fields of natural and organic cosmetics, ecological textiles, ecological detergents and cleaners, room fragrances, paints and varnishes, operating resources, ecological green space management, fair trade and golf courses. It is based, inter alia, on the Regelwerg IFS (International Featured Standards or Intermational Food Standard).
With 23 offices on 5 continents, ECOCERT is represented in more than 80 countries. More than 500 employees form an international network. There are branches in Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. The head office of the ECOCERT INTERNATIONAL division is located in Northeim (Saxony, Germany), that of ECOCERT France in L'Isle-Jourdain (Gers).
ECOCERT controls 70% of organic farming and manufacturing in France and 30% worldwide. This makes it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. The companies have their products tested at regular intervals (12 or 18 months). If the result is successful, there is a license and the right to use the ECOCERT seal (elliptic with the text ECOCERT in red). Other similar international organizations for organic certification are ICEA and SGS, All can be different by country than one of the state approved bio or. Inspection bodies act. See also below Organic viticulture,