Project code: 207727
Contract period: 01.09.2008
Budget: 2,730,000 Euro
Purpose of research: Applied research
With the ongoing growth of the organic sector and the spread of organic production across the EU, the field of organic certification has become a maze of competing labels and logos, involving different private and public standards, in addition to European law. This diversity reflects the specific conditions for organic operators in countries or regions but can also lead to confusion for both producers and consumers and may create a variety of costs. Reg. (EC) 834/2007 intends a review of the revised regulation by the year 2011. It is imperative to conduct a comprehensive economic analysis of the variety of existing certification systems and their impact on the internal market for organic goods.
This project proposes to combine the experience and knowledge of both researchers and SMEs to fulfil the following objectives: analyse the implementation of organic certification systems and estimate all relevant expenditures or transaction costs for different certification systems along the organic food supply chain in various regions of the EU, including a candidate country and Switzerland. It will involve stakeholders. Access to the necessary data has already been agreed with the involved partners or appropriate agencies for all seven study countries.