Training session on Organic Certification
Organic has been popularly recognized in Europe. In Vietnam, it is not a brand new concept but only known by a minority population.
Organic standards and certification (super clean and completely organic) are extremely popular concepts in Europe, indicating all natural and healthy products. In Vietnam, the concept is not new but has not been widely known and people also do not fully understand the meaning as well as its importance to life and health. According to international practice, Organic products will be labeled “Certified Organic Foods”. This certification is granted to a product if and only if it: does not contain hormones, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, are not genetically modified, irradiated and sterilized, and does not contain flavorings, dyes and preservatives. All Organic food is subject to strict and continuous control from the first to the last stage.
According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Association (IFOAM), the development of organic agriculture will enhance soil structure and water conservation, mitigate climate change, preserve biodiversity, resulting in the conservation of natural resources and natural environment.
Recognizing the importance of adapting Organic standards on medicinal products as well as the needs of Vietnamese enterprises, the project “Scaling up of Ethical BioTrade initiatives within phyto-pharmaceutical sector in Vietnam” sponsored by the European Union, referred to as BIOTRADE EU, organized a training course on the application of Organic standard in Hanoi with the participation of 21 representatives of 10 Vietnamese enterprises in phyto-pharmaceutical and agricultual sector. The course took place on 22 and 23 August 2016 under the guidance of 2 experts on organic agriculture: Mr. Pham Minh Duc – Director of Ecolink Co., Ltd – as the expert on certified organic agriculture system, and Mr. Dao Quang Trung – Director of AGST Co., Ltd – as the expert on sustainable organic agriculture production.
The training course has given enterprises the common knowledge of organic standards, especially those of EU, US and Canada, the established model of internal management system on organic sourcing areas as well as technical solutions in the production of sustainable organic agriculture.
Upon completion of the training course, all companies have equipped themselves with the necessary knowledge and realized that this is the first step to build an action plan for establishing medicinal plant sourcing areas with organic standards, in order to deliver to the best products to market as well as the corporate brand to the international market.