Third party certification is regarded as a reliable tool for guaranteeing the organic status of a product, but is not to be seen as the only tool.
Assurance of quality in Organic Agriculture can also take the form of self-declarations or participatory guarantee systems (PGS), for example. There are also situations where the relationships between consumers and the producers are strong enough to serve as a sufficient trust building mechanism, and no particular verification is needed. In this position paper, IFOAM elaborates its position on alterantive quality assuarance mechanisms.
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