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Overview of Current Status of Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems

Commins, Ken (2004) Overview of Current Status of Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems. Working paper, UNCTAD / IFOAM / FAO, INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE ON HARMONIZATION AND EQUIVALENCE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. [Unpublished]

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Summary

This paper has been prepared as a background document for the meeting of the International
Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalency in Organic Agriculture to be held in October 2003. Its purpose is to provide a general overview of the current situation with respect to regulations, standards and conformity assessment systems for organic agriculture and
processing.
The subject matter of several sections of this document was previously addressed in the
Reader for the February 2002 Conference on International Harmonization and Equivalence in
Organic Agriculture published by IFOAM. In compiling this overview the author has drawn
heavily on the previous texts updating the data as appropriate. In many ways what follows is a synopsis of the documents in the IFOAM publication. The reader seeking a more in-depth treatment of these subjects is directed towards the Reader.


EPrint Type:Working paper
Keywords:standards conformity assessment harmonization
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: International Organizations > United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM
International Organizations > Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO
Related Links:http://r0.unctad.org/trade_env/test1/openF1.htm
Deposited By: Wynen, Dr Els
ID Code:3109
Deposited On:17 Aug 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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