OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación
OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación

FAQs

1- What are the organic products?

They are products obtained from sustainable production systems. This implies:
  • the rational use of natural resources;
  • not using products of chemical synthesis (pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides among others);
  • increasing and/or maintaining fertility;
  • increasing and/or maintaining biodiversity;
  • keeping records which back up an adequate management.
An organic product must keep identity and integrity and must be certified by OIA.

2- Why to produce and consume organic food?

For farmers/producers:
  • Keeps the system’s sustainability avoiding pollution and erosion.
  • Allows the farmer to stop applying highly technological systems that depend on chemical inputs.
  • Producers can access markets with a differentiated product.

For consumers:
  • Organic products are healthy food.
  • By consuming them, there is an indirect care for the environment.
  • Organic products are easy to identify and are guaranteed.

3- Who certifies organic products?

OIA is a certification body that offers this service as a result of its international accreditations. OIA verifies and controls the compliance of organic standards, requesting updated registers, arranging inspections, checking the standards’ compliance and finally granting the certification seal and issuing certificates to those products or processes which comply with the requirements.

4- What are OIA’s accreditations to certify organic products?

OIA holds many accreditations and national and international authorizations. For more details, see Accreditations.

5- Can I export to the European Union OIA’s certified products?

Yes, OIA has been recognized by the European Union according to Regulation No. 508 to issue certificates for that destiny directly without needing re-certifications.

6- What is IFOAM?

IFOAM is the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements, entity which sets the basic criteria for this production system.

IFOAM represents the global movement towards ecologic agriculture and it is a platform of international exchange and cooperation.

IFOAM is committed to the complete development of ecologic agricultural systems, which includes the preservation of the environment and the respect of the needs of humanity.

7- What’s the significance of an IFOAM member?

Any person or company can be an IFOAM member. By becoming a member, the person or company supports this entity and its international work on Organic Agriculture.

8- What’s the meaning of ACCREDITED by IFOAM?

OIA’s accreditation by IFOAM means a recognition of our working way and certification quality.

9- What is the relationship of OIA and IFOAM?

OIA is member of IFOAM, and also has been ACCREDITED by that entity.

10- Where can I get the organic production standards?

You can download them for free or request them by e-mail: oia@oia.com.ar

11- Where can I get a list of permitted and prohibited inputs?

In the different organic production standards, there is a list of permitted and prohibited inputs.

12- How is the marketing of an organic product?

An organic product always has to be marketed with the support of a certificate which reflects the compliance of the organic standards in all the production stages, from the raw material production up to the final product. The certifier never participates in the commercial chain.

13- What other advantages receives an organic producer?

Besides commercial advantages and the care of the environment, an organic producer can access different markets and participate in a commercial chain different from conventional products.

14- Can GMO or transgenic products be used in organic agriculture?

No, GMO or Transgenic products are prohibited in organic agriculture.

“Genetically modified organism' (GMO) implies an organism whose genetic material has been altered in a way which does not correspond to natural mating and/or recombination mechanisms.

You can find more information in our section: Preserved Identity Certification Program - NON GMO