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Standards owner, Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, France, 2009

AB is the French organic market’s private label. AB requirements have to be followed in addition to those requested by EU-Organic.

Name of these organic standards

Agriculture Biologique

Standard acronym if different from the name


Level of use of the organic standard


Comment on the use of the organic standard and additional subjects covered

The AB logo is recognized by the french consumers as identification of the organic products. The “AB” logo is the sole and exclusive property of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of France. The AB standard is a voluntary standard which operators that are certified according to EU Reg 834/2007 may be subject to. The AB standard recognizes certification according to EU Reg 834/2007 as equivalent. Where an area is not covered by EU Reg 834/2007, there is a specific AB standard to comply with.

Names of European countries and/or regions where these organic standards are used

France, but the whole supply chain has to be certified, so the standard is also known at the international level

Link to the most recent version of these organic standards if publicly available

Name of the organic standards owner

Ministère de l’Alimentaion, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche, (Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries)


Rue de Varenne 78, FR-75349 Paris 07 SP, France


+33 (0)1 49 55 48 80


Links to authority/body web page and further information


Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

Ms. Elisabeth Mercier (Agence Bio), email:

Private or public organic standards owner


Type of standards owner

National Authority

Comments on type of standards owner

The standars owner is the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, but the brand is managed by the public sauthority, Agence Bio, Agence Française pour le Développement et la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique, 6 rue Lavoisier, 93100 Montreuil-sous-Bois, 

Tél. : +1 48 70 48 30 

Email :

Type of logo


Comments on logo and the certification and inspection system for the standard

The operator certified according to EU Reg 834/07 has to apply for the brand to Agence Bio, which will release the brand through the different French CBs.

Special license fee claimed for the use of the logo apart from the certification costs


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