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Formation1991; 32 years ago (1991)

ECOCERT is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest operations of its kind in the world.

ECOCERT's co-founder and CEO is William Vidal.[1] It began as a partnership between European nations, but has gradually expanded to many other countries. The company's French headquarters are located in L'Isle-Jourdain, Gers, France,[2] and its ECOCERT INTERNATIONAL division which was previously based in Northeim, Germany, is shifted now to L'Isle-Jourdain.

ECOCERT primarily certifies food and food products, but also certifies cosmetics, detergents, perfumes, and textiles. The company inspects about 70% of the organic food industry in France and about 30% worldwide. ECOCERT is also a leading certifier of fair trade food, cosmetics and textiles as per ECOCERT Fair Trade standards.

The Ecocert had its predecessor in the French A.C.A.B. (Association des Conseillers en Agriculture Biologique), a manufacturer association founded in France in 1978, which spun off an independent control organization in 1991. It has received government support in France since 1992, followed by Belgium in 1992, and Germany and Portugal in 1995. The organization thus began as a partnership in several European countries, but has gradually expanded its reach to other countries in the world. First, offices were set up in various countries around the world, followed by their own subsidiaries, around 2002 in Brazil, Japan and Canada. Ecocert has been represented in China since 2006. In 2013, Ecocert took over IMO Institut für Marktökologie GmbH and IMOswiss AG, and in 2014 IMOgroup AG. The German subsidiary, Ecocert Deutschland GmbH, has its registered office in Constance, and the Swiss subsidiary, Ecocert Swiss AG, has its registered office in Kreuzlingen. The company is controlled by the family holding company of the co-founder and long-time chairman of the board, William Vidal (* 1953).[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Ecocert - Organisme de contrôle et de certification". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Bio : Sylvestris, la riche holding familiale qui dirige Ecocert par Thierry Brun". (in French). 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2022-05-15.

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