The IFOAM Organic Guarantee System

The IFOAM OGS underwent a major revision process between 2003 and 2010 and contains the following components, which are all based on the IFOAM Norms:


    IFOAM Family of Standards - service for 
     standard owners
A global framework to approve organic standards!


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IFOAM Standard - service for certifiers

An off-the-shelf globally applicable certification standard!



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 IFOAM Accreditation, a  services for certifiers 

 delivered by the IOAS


Global Organic Mark Europe

     Global Organic Mark - service for operators
     An international label for organic products

Get updates on the latest and archived OGS news through the OGS Courier, a free electronic newsletter informing about the development in the IFOAM Organic Guarantee System.

A number of publications on guarantee system topics can be found in our Library.

IFOAM’s work to promote harmonization and equivalence has mostly been conducted through a long-term partnership with FAO and UNCTAD, implemented first under the ITF Project and subsequently under the GOMA project (Global Organic Market Access).

To foster equivalence and complement the IFOAM Family of Standards, IFOAM has set-up a program of recognition of conformity assessment systems, such as government organic accreditation programs. This recognition is based on equivalence to the IROCB (International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies) and/or recognition by other credible systems (peer-review). The list of systems already recognized by IFOAM can be found here

IFOAM also comments on other organic standards and regulations, with a view to promote harmonization, equivalence and improvement of standards.

Related documents

OGS Brochure

OGS Diagram






Additionally, IFOAM promotes guarantee systems that facilitate market access for small producers and has generated a number of tools, recommendations and positions to this end. See links below for further information. 

An alternative for smallholder producers.
Certified through Internal Control Systems (ICS).
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