The International Organization (Organme 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 inspected and certified. This was followed by 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. One orientates oneself among other things at the regular gear 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 seat of the business area ECOCERT INTERNATIONAL 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 respectively. Inspection bodies act. See also below Organic viticulture,