IFOAM announces at Biofach that it will lead global certification database project
After extensive research and deliberations, IFOAM has decided to implement in collaboration with partners a global certification database for the organic sector. Using its unifying power, political reach and extensive network, IFOAM joins forces with participating certification bodies and makes the system accessible to all others. Partners will provide the technical services for maintaining a robust online platform for the management and use of certification data for the benefit of a full spectrum of organic stakeholders, including certification bodies, operators, buyers, governments, researchers, and consumers. Benefits of a global certification database, among others include increased efficiency and reduced costs of certification, help against fraud, easier traceability, and opportunities for research and market analysis.