The Organic Guarantee System of IFOAM - Organics International

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Core OGS Services

After undergoing a major revision process, the IFOAM OGS 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!

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IFOAM Standard - a service for certifiers.
An off-the-shelf globally applicable certification standard!

IFOAM Accredited logo

IFOAM Accreditation - a service for certifiers, delivered by the IOAS.

List of IFOAM Accredited Certification Bodies.

Conformity Equivalence IROCB

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


Additional services

Directory Bioc
IFOAM-bioC Global Organic Certification Directory - a service for all stakeholders

A real-time 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.

Further Information


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 promoting harmonization, equivalence, and improvement of standards.

For governments and sector organizations that want to develop or improve their national organic standard and regulation, IFOAM has developed the Organic Regulation Toolkit. The toolkit contains a number of templates and other tools which governments can use as a basis in their drafting process.

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.

An alternative for smallholder producers.
Certified through Internal Control Systems (ICS).
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