important steps towards Demeter certification

  1. The enterprise, converting to Demeter, contacts the Demeter member organisation in it’s country. Farmers in a country without a Demeter member organisation completes an application form and returns it by E-Mail to the International Certification Office (ICO) of Demeter International e.V.
  2. The ICO checks the supplied information so as to pick up any discrepancies at this stage.
  3. A conversion contract is signed between the enterprise and Demeter International in which the manager is obliged to farm the enterprise to the Demeter standards from this point in time on. Also from this time at the latest, all use of the Biodynamic preparations needs to be documented.
  4. The enterprise applies for membership at the national Biodynamic Association , if one exists.
  5. The manager of the enterprise attends an approved introductory course in Biodynamic agriculture
  6. The manager of the enterprise, along with an accredited Biodynamic advisor, produces a management plan in which an overview of the whole conversion process is detailed. This plan covers planned crop rotations, the fertiliser programme, development of animal husbandry and feeding, locally appropriate measures to counteract cross - boundary environmental contamination threats as well the production and use of the Biodynamic preparations.
  7. The Demeter inspection takes place annually, carried out by an independent, qualified Demeter inspector from an accredited inspection agency. As well as checking that the enterprise conforms to the regulation for organic agriculture with amendments, the additional requirements to meet the Demeter standards are inspected. The converting enterprise contacts an inspection agency , which is authorised by Demeter International to do Demeter inspections, and enquires about the cost of inspections. The costs for the Demeter inspection will be taken over by the inspected enterprise.
  8. The converting enterprise informs Demeter International when the Demeter inspection will take place. All documents relating to the bringing in of materials from outside the farm (seed, fodder, manure, plant protection agents, etc.) as well as the farm plan, the management plan and documentation detailing preparation use must be available at the inspection.
  9. The inspection agency sends the inspection report to Demeter International e.V. for assessment. The certification decision is made by an expert committee, the international certification office (ICO).
  10. If the management of the enterprise meets the Demeter standards, a Demeter certificate is issued, which may also contain conditions, and recommendations. If the management does not meet the Demeter standards in important areas, the enterprise will be informed of this and the reasons why will be detailed. These points must be worked on in conjunction with an advisor.
  11. The enterprise will be charged by the International Certification Office a fee according to a fixed scale of charges for the processing of the inspection report.
  12. Following certification a contract is concluded between Demeter International e.V. and the enterprise, which details trademark usage. The enterprise pays Demeter International a licensing fee for the use of the trademark.
  13. If labelling or other advertising material is generated which uses any of the Demeter trademarks, these must conform to the labelling standards . The enterprise must submit proof material to Demeter International e.V. for approval before printing.