and Policy Statement
The policies and procedures under which ECOA operates guarantee that no discrimination takes place, neither by the procedures nor by the administration. ECOA also guarantees that the certification procedures are not to be used to impede or inhibit access by applicants and that there is no hidden discriminatory acts by acceleration or delay of the processing of applications.
ECOA services are accessible to all applicants whose activities fall within the scope of operation without any undue financial or other conditions. The fees for certification are as published and in proportion to the size of the applicant. Access is not conditional upon the size of the supplier or membership of any association or group, nor is the certification be conditional upon the number of certificates already issued.
The criteria against which the products of a supplier are evaluated are in accordance with the interested parties. The management system applied specific standards published by ECOA are in equivalence to the European Regulation EC 834/2007 in combination with EC 889/2008, together with ECOA Production Standard and Control Measures, and Codex Alimentarius Rules with respect to organic products. Also, in full accordance to GLOBAL G.A.P. standards of FoodPLUS GmbH, with respect to GLOBAL G.A.P.-certified products. Explanations and documents are formulated by ECOA with the necessary technical competence. The process of developing documents takes into account the views of the significant suppliers and to the public.
ECOA acts as a certification body, aiming to support the development of organic agriculture and good agricultural practice in Egypt. Certification will help producers and processors to produce organic and GLOBAL G.A.P.-compliant products with a quality and conformity to guarantee access to European and other foreign markets.
To justify the confidence from the suppliers as well as the accreditation body, the following principles and aims are valid for all suppliers and members of ECOA:
To support these aims, ECOA has established a quality system according to ISO 17065.