933320 The global organic control and certification system

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kaufmann, Sonja , Hruschka, Nikolaus , Nöfer, Johannes , Vogl, Christian R.
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This course features selected topics of 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.
• Introduction to key concepts and basic principles of the organic control & certification system;
• A very practical look at how inspections of organic farms are done in Latin America, Africa and Asia;
• Internal Control Systems;
• Participatory Guarantee Systems;
• The Import Regime for Organic Products to be imported into the EC;
• Additional topics: To be selected and presented by students based on their interests.

Previous knowledge expected

This is a class for advanced students! Expected are:
• Fluent English (Reading, Speaking, Writing);
• Knowledge on organic farming principles and practices;
• Knowledge on EEC Reg. 834/2007 and EEC Reg 889/2008 (At least one course taken on that topic, e.g. watch courses of Paul Axmann!)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

• Being able to explain the structure, actors 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.