Principles of Official Accreditation

COMPETENCE. In order to ensure that integrity of the organically-claimed primary and post-harvest agriculture and fishery products is intact, a quality assurance mechanism must be in place--in a form of third-party certification. Third-party certification is performed by organizations that are independent from that of the producers of organic, otherwise known as certifying bodies. In order to ensure that these certifying bodies providing inspection and certification services are competent, they have to be recognized by the competent authority.

INTEGRITY: As in the case of organic, BAFS serves as the competent authority in attesting that these certifying bodies are competent in performing inspection and certification services. In order to ensure their competence and compliance to the technical regulations relevant to organic agriculture, the BAFS provides official accreditation. Official accreditation is process by which the certifying bodies is subjected to witness and office audits in addition to common administrative and legal requirements.

SYSTEMATIZED: The procedure of the official accreditation has been recorded and officially document in the form of Department Circular 06 Series of 2015 otherwise known as "Revised Guidelines for the Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies." Aside from the legal document, official accreditation is governed by the National Committee for Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies (NCOA-OCB). The NCOA-OCB is the body responsible for assessing and validating that the operations and submissions of the certifying bodies are accurate and in compliance with the existing regulations and guidelines.

HARMONIZED: The official accreditation procedure and requirements are harmonized with International Standards such as ISO, Codex, and other Organic Agriculture Standards.