Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand (ACT) is an independent certification body established in 1995 at the initiative of sustainable agriculture advocates led by Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN), NGOs, academics, consumer organizations, media representatives, and eco-friendly shops. In 1999, ACT completed its first organic standards and began offering certification and inspection services. It gained legal status with the registration of Foundation of Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand in 2001. In 2017, all ACT certification activities were transferred to ACT Organic Company Limited, an officially registered business formed to handle the growth of its services.
Accreditation and Recognition Status
We have attained accreditation and recognition as a certification body under the following programs and regulations:
1) IFOAM Accreditation Program from International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) since 2001
2) Thailand’s National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (AFCS) since 2005
3) ISO/IEC 17065 IOAS since 2016, and its predecessor, ISO Guide 65, from 2005 to 2016, from IOAS
4) Canadian Organic Regime (COR) from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) since 2009
5) EU’s Regulation (EC) No. 1235/2008 (Article 10) since 2011
6) Switzerland’s Organic Farming Ordinance (SR 910.18) (Article 23a) from the Federal Office for Agriculture since 2012
Our Vision and Mission
We strive toward being a symbol of high quality international organic certification that contributes towards a liveable society and environmental sustainability. Our Mission is
· to offer certification services according to a variety of international organic standards
· to offer certification services according to other agricultural, social, and environmental standards
· to provide training services and disseminate knowledge about organic agriculture and certification for those interested as long as these activities do not compromise our impartiality in carrying out inspection and certification
· to support organic agriculture movements in Thailand and abroad
· to continually develop organizational innovation.
ACT operations are governed by two separate entities, Foundation of Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand and ACT Organic Co.,Ltd. The former maintains ownership of ACT standards and seal while the latter runs ACT as an organic certification body. The foundation is entitled to distributions from income generated by ACT Organic, and the two have some overlap between the membership of their boards of directors.