Agriculture and agri-food
Accreditation is very widely used in the agriculture and agri-food sector, whether concerning food safety, the feed, health and welfare of animals, or the health and protection of crops.
It provides justification for the public authorities and companies for the implementation of their policies and in this way helps protect consumers and the environment.
Certification of management systems
NF EN ISO/IEC 17021-1
Management systems are deployed in agriculture and agri-food to manage health risks, guarantee food safety or increase the efficiency of certain agricultural production entities.
Certification of such systems by a third party is a means of getting their conformity with international norms and standards recognised, and in this way certifying that the organisation in place meets precise requirements.
Use of accredited certification allows a customer to obtain assurance that the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) whose services it is using is competent and impartial. It is a token of confidence in the quality of the certification delivered.Read more
NF EN ISO/IEC 17020
Compliance with best hygiene practices, inspection of agricultural production, crop health: numerous inspections help protect consumers and crops.
The public authorities draw extensively on accreditation to attain their public health objectives. Accreditation is also increasingly used on a voluntary basis to increase health safety levels for consumers. Certain stakeholders also call upon accredited inspections to promote among their customers the high hygiene levels attained.
Accreditation is therefore more essential than ever for inspiring confidence in the quality of the agri-food products proposed.Read more
Certification of products and services
NF EN ISO/IEC 17065
In France, in application of the Consumer Code, only bodies benefiting from accreditation can conduct certification for products or services.
These certifications provide a guarantee that a product, service or process complies with precise criteria. The fact that they are covered by accreditation reinforces the market's confidence in its conformity.
These accredited certifications are used in particular to guarantee the quality and safety of agricultural products, promote their origin, and limit the use of pesticides. They also help protect biodiversity and the environment, whether in the framework of organic agriculture or the EU plant passport.Read more
NF EN ISO/IEC 17025
The health crises of recent months have served as a reminder of the importance of the inspections carried out.
Tests and analyses constitute a major proportion of these inspections. Conducted under the umbrella of accreditation, they make it possible to ensure, for example, that the water or the food that we consume are safe for our health.
By guaranteeing that the analyses and tests have been conducted by competent and impartial laboratories, accreditation establishes confidence in the reliability of the results obtained. In this way, it helps to reduce the risk of health crises, enabling public authorities and companies to take the necessary measures when the situation so requires.Read more