Accredidation and Certifying Agencies
Certification is the process by which a farm is officially certified as 'organic'. One agency certifies farms as 'biodynamic organic'. This guarantees customers that the produce from the certified farm is in fact organic and free from chemicals, pesticides, and insecticides.
The certification process involves contacting a certifying agency, contracting with them for an inspection of your farm by their inspector, and upon passing their inspection, an issuance of a Certified Certificate. These certificates are subject to renewal. If you wish to enter the global international export market, your farm must be certified organic. Increasingly the domestic market in India is also insisting upon certified organic produce.
India is working with international organic farming agencies to facilitate an internationally recognized set of standards to be used during the inspection of farms desiring organic certification. Contact information for some of the certifying agencies with offices in India is listed below. This is a fast growing field, with new offices opening in India every year. If you know of certifying agencies that are not on this list but would like to be, please e-mail their
contact information and we will include them here.
For more detailed information contact Dr. Lucas Dengel, at the BDAI Secretariat.
IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 108 countries. It is working actively with member countries to develop an internationally recognized set of standards for organic farm certification.
International Federation of Organic Agriculture
Mr. Bernward Geier
66636, Tholey - Theley,
Tel: +49 6853 919 890
Fax: +49 6853 919 899
BIODYNAMIC FARMING CERTIFICATION AGENCY
DEMETER International is the only agency currently certifying Biodynamic farms.
Demeter-International e. V.
Information regarding Demeter Standards is available with the BDAI Office.
APEDA is the Indian Government accrediting authority for all organic certifying agencies in India. It has drawn up the national set of standards for organic farms in India.
A list of Inspection and Certification Agencies of India Accredited under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) is available on their website at http://www.apeda.com/organic/agencies.html
Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (India) (APEDA)
3 Siri Institutional Area
New Delhi 110 016 India
Tel: +91 11 651 4572
Fax: +91 11 651 9259
Web site: http://www.apeda.com/
ORGANIC FARMING CERTIFICATION AGENCIES
Dr Alexander Daniel
Sector 3, 6/3 & 4 Hindustan Gut 102
Aurangabad - 431 002 India
Tel: +91 240 377 120
Fax: +91 240 376 866
IMO Control Pvt. Ltd.
Mr Umesh Chandrasekhar
26, 17th Main
HAL 2nd Stage
Bangalore - 560 008 India
Tel: +91 80 528 5883
Fax: +91 80 527 2185
Mr Mathew Sebastian
Naturland - India
Dr. Prabha Mahale
M-13/27, DLF City II
122002 Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Tel: +91 124 256 0886
Fax: +91 124 238 8900
OneCert Asia Agri Certification Private Limited
Agrasen Farm, Vatika Road, Off Tonk
Contact Person: Mr. Sandeep Bhargava
Phone No. : - 0141-2720202 to 0141-2770342
Telefax No: - 0141-2720202
SGS India Pvt. Ltd.
250 Udyog Vihar, Phase IV
Gurgaon - 122 015 India
Tel: +91 124 639 9990
Fax: +91 124 639 9764
SKAL International Ltd.
Ms Fatima Povo
501, A N Chambers, Turner Road
Mumbai - 400 050 India
Tel: +91 22 640 0449
Fax: +91 22 641 3297