Landcare Certification Programme

Certification Process

If you are a producer or handler wishing to certify your business you can contact us using the information in
   the Contact US page.
You will be put in contact with an experienced professional who will explain the different certification options,
  and recommend one suitable for your needs.
We can also tailor a certification according to the requirements and specifications of a particular consumer.
We will then refer you to our Resource Library to obtain detailed information.
After choosing a certification option, you will be able to decide on the training and consultation needs.
After undergoing training, you will be ready to make suitable changes to your production and business processes.
You will be ready for certification when your processes are compliant with the requirements.

Certification Options

Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)
Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) represent an alternative to third party certification, especially adapted to local markets and short supply chains. They can also complement third party certification with a private label that brings additional guarantees and transparency. PGS enable the direct participation of producers, consumers and other parties in developing mutually agreeable standards.

NPOP Certification
The National Programme for Organic Production (India) involves the accreditation programme for certification bodies, norms for organic production, promotion of organic farming. The NPOP standards for production and accreditation system have been recognized by European Commission and Switzerland as equivalent to their country standards. Similarly, USDA has recognized NPOP conformity assessment procedures of accreditation as equivalent to NPOP standards .

USDA NOP Certification
USDA's National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. The National Organic Program and the Organic Foods Production Act are intended to assure consumers that the organic foods they purchase are produced, processed, and certified to be consistent with national organic standards.

IOAS IFOAM Certification
IFOAM Accreditation is primarily a means of ensuring fair and orderly trade of organic products. It is in this sense a service for the trade and producers as well as for certifiers. IFOAM Accreditation facilitates equivalency of organic certification bodies worldwide by confirming whether they meet IFOAM's international norms.

ISO 65 Certification
ISO 65 (EN 45011) is the leading internationally accepted norm for certification bodies operating a product certification system. It is accepted all over the world as the strongest indicator that a certification body is competent. FLO-CERT follows the ISO 65 norm in all certification operations. FLO-CERT is accredited for the Generic Fairtrade Standards for Small Producer Organizations, the Generic Fairtrade Standards for Hired Labour Situations, the Generic Fairtrade Trade Standards and all product specific (except gold, timber,etc.) Fairtrade Standards.

Global GAP Certification
G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice and GLOBAL G.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it. G.A.P is a not-for-profit organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agricultural production worldwide. It sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe - and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match.

COR Compliance
The Canada Organic Regime is the Government of Canada's response to requests by the organic sector and consumers to develop a regulated system for organic agricultural products. The Organic Products Regulations (the Regulations) define specific requirements for organic products to be labelled as organic or that bear the organic agricultural product legend (logo).The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the monitoring and enforcement of the standards.

Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields. RA-Cert, the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, provides forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with independent and transparent verification, validation and certification services based on these standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.