933320 The global organic control and certification system

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Vogl, Christian R.
Division of Organic Farming (IFÖL)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


This course features The Global Organic Control and Certification System
The actors, institutions and policies in the regulatory framework of organic farming do have a strong impact on the development of organic farming. They might hamper or facilitate the transition process towards organic farming.
Topics 2016
•Introduction to key concepts and basic principles of the organic control & certification system (2.3.16);
•A very practical look at how inspections of organic farms are done in Latin America, Africa and Asia (16.3.16);
•Internal Control Systems (13.4.16);
•Participatory Guarantee Systems (20.4.16);
•The Import Regime for Organic Products to be imported into the EC (27.4.16);
•Additional topics: To be selected and presented by students based on their interests (11.5., 15.6.& 22.6.16).
Assessment and workload for students
• You will be asked to prepare for 5 classes (those given by Christian R. Vogl) by reading one document per class and by uploading your questions related to these document prior to every class between 24.2. and 27.4.2016.
• You will be asked to select one specific topic and prepare i) one 5’ oral summary and ii) a 2 page written summary on your selected topic.
• You will be asked to read the 2 page summaries prepared by the “other” students in preparation for “their” oral presentation and the related discussion.

Previous knowledge expected

This is a class for advanced students! Expected are:
•Knowledge on organic farming principles and practices;
•Knowledge on EEC Reg. 834/2007 and EEC Reg 889/2008.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Being able to explain the structure and key principles of the global control and certification system for OF.
Being able explaining strength and weaknesses of ICS and PGS.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.