ACT’s organic inspection and certification is a process covering all steps from production (either crop production, livestock, bee-keeping, aquaculture, wild harvest) to handling and processing. This normally can be divided into 2 main areas:
(1) Farm production: inspection and certification of farm management from seeds, farm input used, production management, buffer areas, harvesting, storage and packing.
(2) Processing and handling: inspection and certification of all handling activities from source of raw materials, handling, processing method, packing, transportation, and sale.
In other words, ACT’s inspection is to verify that the organic product comes from production process which is in compliant with applicable organic standards. ACT’s certification does not certify that the product is free of any chemical residues. However, ACT may conduct laboratory analysis of organic products in special circumstance where there is a suspicion of mis-use of agrochemicals by the operator or a risk of external contaminations.
Organic certification is a marketing tool. It makes consumers confident that they are purchasing authentic organic products. At the same time, it also helps to protect organic producers because only certified operators have right to use organic seal on their products.
To maintain the objectivity in inspection and certification, ACT will not engage in any marketing activity of organic products for any operators. However, ACT will publish names and address of certified operators as well as the list of certified products to interested buyers and consumers in order to help promoting the organic market for the operators.
ACT will apply the same procedures to any operator who applied for certification with ACT. All operators will receive the same way of treatment (no-discrimination) from ACT. Non of them are prevented to access to ACT certification services with the inappropriate conditions such as size of farm/factory/grower group or existing certified units or amount of fee, etc.
All ACT inspectors and staff will keep confidential information related to organic production and processing of the operator acquired during inspection. No information will be disclosed unless the operator gives permission to do so (except when it is required by law or for the purpose of accreditation and registration as organic certification body). ACT however reserves its right to disclose information about non-compliant producer-operator to the general public.