Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand (ACT) is an independent certification organization established in 1995 by the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN),NGOs, academic, consumer organization, media, and green shop network, working on sustainable agriculture. In 1999, the first organic standards were developed and soon after ACT launched its inspection-certification services. In 2001, a non-profit foundation was registered.
ACT has gained recognitions of its organic standards and inspection-certification services from domestic and international organizations, including:
1. IFOAM accreditation from the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) since 2001.
2. THAILAND: Thai organic agriculture accrediation by the National Bureau of Agriculture Commodity and Food Standards (AFCS) in 2005
3. ISO: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems (ISO Guide 65) accrediation from the IOAS since February 2005 and transferred to ISO/IEC17065 accreditation since 2016
4. Canada: The Organic Products Regulations, 2009 and requirements outlined in the Canada Organic Office Operating Manual accreditation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) since June 2009
5. EU: Recognized as an organic certification body for the purpose of equivalence and relevant specifications referred to in article 10 of Regulation (EC) no.1235/2008 by the European Commission since October 2011
6. Switzerland: Recognized as an organic certification body for the propose of equivalence and relevant specification referred to Article 23a of Organic Farming Ordinance (SR 910.18) by the Federal Office for Agriculture, Swiss Confederation since July 2012
ACT’s vision is to be the quality mark for organic inspection and certification of international standards, contributing to the well-being of society and sustainable environment.
Our missions are
♦ To provide inspection and certification services of internationally recognized organic agriculture standards;
♦ To provide inspection and certification services for other agriculture, social and environmental standards;
♦ To provide training services on organic agriculture and certifications for interested persons but not engaging in activities that could compromise the ACT’s impartiality in doing the inspection and certification;
♦ To support organic agriculture movements in Thailand and abroad;
♦ To build ACT’s staff professional competency in organic certification services;
♦ To support organizational innovations on continuous and sustainable basis.
Since January 2017 ACT structure comprise of The Foundation’s board of director compose of stakeholder representatives, e.g. consumers, environmentalists, private enterprises, academia, media and non-governmental organizations who regulate the ACT Organic Standards and the use of ACT organic seal, and the board of ACT Organic Co., Ltd who oversee the inspection and certification activities for ACT.