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Independently or in cooperation with our partners, PRO CERT offers inspection and certification services for international, private and national standards.

Our offer of certification services includes:

> Organic production according the Macedonian law for organic production

> Organic production according to: EU Reg. (EC) 834/2007 and (EC) 889/2008, NOP, JAS

> Global G.A.P.

> ISO 22000:2005

> FCCS 22000

> Codex Alimentarious based HACCP systems

> BRC

> IFS
> ISO 14000
> ISO 9001

Organic production according the Macedonian Law for organic production
The Macedonian Law on Organic Production regulates the national provisions for organic production, preparation, processing, storage, transport, distribution, marketing, sales, labeling and control of organic products.

The law for organic agriculture production in R. Macedonia is harmonized with the EU regulation (EC) 834/2007 and (EC) 889/2008.

All entities interested in using support from the national agriculture support programs for organic agriculture should have a certificate issued by the control and certification body authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water economy of Macedonia.

More information about the provisions of the Macedonian Law for organic production and the available support can be found on the official Ministry web site: - www.mzsv.gov.mk

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Organic production according to EU Regulations (EC) 834/2007 and (EC) 889/2008, NOP, JAS, Bio Suisse, Soil Association
The standards for organic production are in simultaneous development in different countries, and currently there is not a unique regulation for organic production that is accepted worldwide. In general, the bigger markets for organic products are taking the lead in defining the standards for organic production.

Important country markets with their regulations:
· European Union with its regulation for organic production (EC) 834/2007 and (EC) 889/2008
· The market for organic products in the U.S. with their national program for organic production, National Organic Program (NOP)
· The Japanese market for organic products with their Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)
· Switzerland, Israel, Argentina, Australia set their own regulations for organic production that are considered equivalent to the regulative EU (EC) N ° 834/2007.

There are many private standards for organic production, which are mostly owned by associations of organic producers. Consumers in some countries have great confidence in the established private standards and are important to the consumers in those countries. Such private standards are:
· Bio Suisse (Switzerland)
· Demeter (worldwide)
· Naturland (Germany and worldwide)
· Soil Association (UK)

Organic production, control and certification are associated with: crop production, livestock production, beekeeping, collection of wild species, groups of producers, processing facilities, import and export. In organic production every operator must be certified every year. More information is available on official websites of the respective standards.

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GlobalG.A.P.
The standard Global G.A.P. (Previously known as EUREP GAP) was developed in 1997 by the "Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group" (EUREP) group of merchants, manufacturers, farmers and representatives of certification bodies for good agricultural practices. Global G.A.P. is a private standard. In general it is a set of normative documents which include control points and criteria for good agricultural practices.

The standard focuses on analysis and prevention of risk, with an aim to provide food security, traceability, health care and protection for the employees, welfare of animals, energy management and minimize pollution to the environment.

The standard covers farm production, postharvest activities and subcontracted activities in cases where the operator must have control over their activities.

Currently specific Global G.A.P standards are introduced for the production of:
· Fresh fruits and vegetables
· Flowers and ornamental trees
· Cereals
· Livestock, poultry
· Trout (covered with Integrated Aquaculture Production)
· Green Coffee
· Tea

More information about the standard visit the official website: www.globalgap.org

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ISO 22000:2005
ISO 22000 is an international standard that defines the system requirements for food safety. It covers all participants in the chain of production, handling distribution and sale of food products. The system is based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). In 2001 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) started developing a standard for controlling the food industry, built on the principles of HACCP in the system management for food safety. This resulted in the creation of ISO 22000:2005 standard, which exceeds global regulations on food safety and defines requirements for quality management in the companies.

The standard is a combination of general requirements for food safety and quality management, including:
· Interactive communication;
· System for management;
· Risk management of food safety through predefined programs; HACCP-plans and operational programs;
· Continuous improvement and updating the system for managing food safety.

ISO 22000 creates a harmonized standard for food safety, which is accepted worldwide. Suppliers around the world are being certified under ISO 22000 to prove to their customers that are in accordance with the standard requiraments.

More information about ISO 22000 visit the official website: www.iso.org

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Dutch HACCP
Dutch HACCP standard is - owned by a private foundation for the certification of food safety (Foundation for Food safety Certification-SCV).

Created from the basis of a legal obligation in the Netherlands since 1996 under which any business where food is produced, stored or processed, should have a good and functional HACCP system. Also on the request of the leading Dutch trade companies, their suppliers (food producers), should have fulfilled their legal obligation for well-established HACCP system and HACCP-certification.

Dutch’s developed system for food safety known as the Dutch HACCP resulted in a private certificate and it was accredited in 1997. It is with compliance with the National Board of Experts HACCP-Holland, and in 2002 it was allowed by the GFSI (GFSI-Global Food Safety Initiative). In 2006, the owner of the Dutch HACCP standard (SCV), together with the government of the Netherlands, launched a project to modify this standard and obtain official recognition by the Dutch government.

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BRC
British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade organization in the United Kingdom, representing the interests of traders from Britain.

In 1998 the consortium has developed and introduced the BRC standard, used to evaluate the producers who supply the retailers with their own food. For a short time this standard became prestigious for other organizations in this sector. BRC standard is considered as a reference for best practices in the food industry. To comply with the BRC standard, retailers and food manufacturers need to adapt 3 criteria in their management system:
· Adopting and implementing HACCP requirements;
· Documented and effective quality management system;
· Environmental control in the factory, control product, processes and personnel.

More information about BRC visit the official website: www.brc.org.uk

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IFS
International Food Standard (IFS) is based on the requirements of ISO 9001, the principles of good hygiene and manufacturing practices, HACCP and EU legislation that covers the handling of allergens and genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Owners of IFS are German and French trading companies, which in 2002 introduced the first version of the standard. The standard expanded rapidly throughout the world.

IFS-certification is relevant to producers, food manufactures, transport companies, delivery of food and other companies in the food industry involved in control of the subcontractor.

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