The Certificate of Inspection for organic products (COI) ensures that organic products imported from third countries are compliant with applicable European laws.
The COI is a form that must be completed by importers and the control body of the exporter in the TRACES.NT system to import foodstuffs resulting from organic agriculture.
The second part of the form is completed by the Administration of Agricultural Technical Services following its inspection.
Organic products are all products whose label or accompanying documents refer to the organic production method. The presence of the European logo is not required for products imported from third countries.
Obligations and controls
Before the release of the imported organic products on the market, the Administration of Agricultural Technical Services (ASTA) has to verify the documents and the products during an inspection procedure.
The Administration of Agricultural Technical Services is responsible for the control and certification of operators (producers, processors, distributors, importers) and of organic products in Luxembourg. It is in charge of verifying the proper use of the organic label on products placed on the market, originating from Luxembourg, European Union or third country.
The ASTA is responsible for the accreditation of private organic product control and certification agencies operating in the national territory.
Companies that wish to import organic products need to submit their undertaking to the control system of organic farming (contract with an agreed organic control body) and notify their activity to ASTA [article 28 of Council Regulation N°834/2007].