The OGS Policies Library

The IFOAM Organic Guarantee System (OGS) is regulated by a number of internal IFOAM policies, which are under the responsibility of the IFOAM World Board. This page gives the overview of all OGS-related policies.

Policy 42: IFOAM approval of Certification Standards for inclusion in the IFOAM family of standards

Policy 20: Policy 20 on the Revision of IFOAM Norms

Policy 28: Interpretation of IFOAM Norms

Policy 41: Use of the IFOAM Standard

Policy 43: Use of the Global Organic Mark

Policy 12: Use of the IFOAM Seal



Terms of Reference of the OGS Committees:

The OGS functions with the help of 3 technical committees:

  • the IFOAM Standard Committee, working on the development of the IFOAM Standard,
  • the IFOAM Standards Requirements Committee, working on the IFOAM Standards Requirements (COROS) and on the approval of standards in the IFOAM Family of Standards, and
  • the IFOAM Accreditation Requirements Committee, working on the development of the IFOAM Accreditation Requirements.

The Terms of Reference of these committees are also OGS policies under the responsibility of the IFOAM World Board.

Policy 44: TORs of the Standards Requirement Committee

Policy 45: TORs of the IFOAM Standard Committee

Policy 50: TORs of the Accreditation Requirements Committee

Additionally, IFOAM’s work on Participatory Guarantee Systems is supported by its PGS committee: 

TORs of the PGS Committee

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