To ensure the credibility of a certification system, it is important that audits are carried out and certificates are issued by independent certification bodies. Certification bodies approved according to the HORTICERT standard are entitled to offer certification services to potential system users.
- Already during the development of the certification concept, HORTICERT cooperated with the certification bodies Control Union, agroVet and Normec QS. The certification bodies supported the development of the audit checklist with their many years of experience and conducted pilot audits during the pilot phase.
- As soon as the certification system goes into regular operation phase, these and other certification bodies will be able to conduct audits and issue certificates for HORTICERT.
- New certification bodies can apply for recognition by HORTICERT at any time.