The IFOAM OGS underwent a major revision process between 2003 and 2010 and currently contains the components listed below.
Services based on the IFOAM Norms
IFOAM Family of Standards - a service for standard owners.
A global framework to approve organic standards!
IFOAM Standard - a service for certifiers
An off-the-shelf globally applicable certification standard!
IFOAM Accreditation - a service for certifiers, delivered by the IOAS.
Global Organic Mark - a service for operators
An international label for organic products
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.
A realtime online database of certified organic operators worldwide.
Official IFOAM PGS Recognition - a service for PGS initiatives
A program to support PGS, providing official endorsement and granting access to the IFOAM PGS logo.
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).
IFOAM also comments on other organic standards and regulations, with a view to promote harmonization, equivalence and improvement of standards.
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.