The French organic certification was introduced in 1985 with “AB - Agriculture Biologique” mark, which is fulfills the EU regulation for organic food. The certification process is overseen a public institute "Agence française pour le développement et la promotion de l'agriculture biologique" (usually abbreviated "Agence bio"). The actual certification authorities include a number of different institutes.
The German national organic label was introduced in 2001. The “Bio label” has gained widespread popularity and its popularity extends to neighboring countries like Austria, Switzerland and France.
The IFOAM Standard is an internationally applicable organic standard born to create synergies and harmonization in the organic sector at global level. Bioagricert Organic Standard has been accredited by IFOAM since 1996.
ACT received IFOAM accreditation from IOAS in 2001. ACT is the first certification body in Asia to get this recognition. In this programme, the scope of certification that ACT can offer includes crop production, wild harvest, aquaculture, processing and handling, and commercial input certifications. Operators certified under this programme can use the ACT organic seal together with the label “IFOAM Accredited”. The ACT seal and IFOAM Accredited label must always accompany each other.