You should find on every organic product's label the code number of the control body or control authority responsible for the checks on the operator who carried out the last operation.
The code number is a proof that the product was produced or processed in accordance with the organic regulation requirements.
The general format of the code number is AB-CDE-999, where AB is the ISO code of the country where the checks take place, CDE is a term establishing a link with the organic production, such as "bio" or "org" or "eko" and 999 is a reference number.
- Member States attribute a code number to each control body and control authority they have approved to operate on their territory.
- The European Commission attributes a code number to control bodies and authorities performing checks outside the EU.
More on code numbers
- List of control bodies and control authorities in the organic sector in the EU (click on LIST at the bottom of the left hand side column: 3) CONTROL BODIES OR CONTROL AUTHORITIES IN THE EU (ARTICLE 27 OF REGULATION (EC) NO 834/2007)
- Control bodies and control authorities recognized by the European Commission for imports (annexes III and IV of Regulation No 1235/2008, look at the latest consolidated version )
- Control bodies and control authorities with import authorisations issued by Member States (Article 19 of Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008)