bioC, the Directory of Certified Organic Operators Grows to over 70,000 Certificates Online
IFOAM – Organics International is proud to report that bioC, the central registry of certified organic operators available online at www.bioc.info now contains access to the more than 70,000 certified organic companies. The latest big addition to the directory came when DEFRA, the British inspection authority, decided in favor of bioC as the publication platform for all British organic certification bodies. This adds over 4.000 certified organic operators to the database, with Organic Farmers & Growers, Organic Trust, Organic Food Federation, Scottish Organic Producers Association, Soil Association, and Welsh Lamb & Beef Producers already publishing their data on bioC, with the rest to soon follow.
Now 28 certification bodies from various countries participate in the registry. Growth of the platform is expected to increase rapidly in the coming months with the support of IFOAM – Organics International, which became the largest shareholder of bioC in December 2014 as a way to support this effort to enhance the integrity and efficiency of the organic sector. bioC has the goal providing worldwide availability of validated certification information as an efficient way of verifying the status of suppliers and their products. The system is capable of handling virtually all organic certificates from all countries and all government regulations and private standards. The initiative becomes increasingly effective as more countries and certification bodies are included in the registry.
bioC is an initiative for the organic sector, created by the organic sector, for the common benefit of all involved. All certification bodies, scheme owners, and government programs can easily participate in bioC; the system provides flexible technical solutions for all sizes of participants. Certification bodies can actually earn money from the system, the more their data gets used.
With the platform www.bioC.info, bioC users save time and money through increased efficiency in the verification of certificates and the certification status of suppliers and their products. bioC users can be sure that certificates are authentic by calling up the certificates uploaded on www.bioC.info. Users can keep customized supplier lists and specific product lists, and receive automatic updates and notifications if a supplier or one of their products has lost its organic certification. Interested users can create a test account so that they can try out the functionalities free of charge. Use is only subject to charge after more than five suppliers are on the suppliers’ list.
Further information and contact persons:
- David Gould (Program Facilitator), IFOAM – Organics International, d.gould [at] ifoam.org
- Rolf Mäder (General Manager), bioC GmbH, Rolf.Maeder [at] bioC.info