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The certification is a process in which LETIS, as an independent third party certifier, ISO 17065 accredited, ensures that an operator complies with a specific quality standard or protocol.

The compliance is assessed through a methodical system of LETIS audits, accredited by national and international organizations and Accreditation Bodies.

All the information for the certification and the Fee Schedule are publicly available.

Please request this information by writing an email to: info@letis.org

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LETIS has provided services to the agricultural activity since 1998, certifying organic productions, quality protocols and good agricultural practices in grains, fibers, fruits and vegetables, seeds and propagation material.

The certification is a business tool to access new markets, set up in business in existing markets, increase the sale of certain products and add value to them.

Compliance with quality protocols such as Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), GLOBALG.A.P. and Organic has become a requirement to enter the main markets of the world. The Organic certification ensures the traceability and differentiation of your products.

Honey is a product that is increasingly in demand worldwide. The Certification is a business tool to access new markets, set up in business in existing markets, increase the sale of certain products and add value to them.

When the honey is obtained from a sustainable production system over time, through the rational management of natural resources and without the use of chemical synthesis products, these characteristics can be clearly identified by consumers through a system of organic production certification.

LETIS is a leading company in the certification of apiculture productions, with a team that has more than 15 years of experience in the activity

LETIS has provided services to the livestock sector since 1998, certifying bovine, goat, sheep, pig and other farm animal productions, slaughterhouses, meat processing plants and other processing plants.

The Certification is a business tool to access new markets, set up in business in existing markets, increase the sale of certain products and add value to them.

Good practices in livestock production are developed with a harmonious relationship between land, plants and livestock. It respects the physiological and behavioral needs of animals, through a combination of measures aimed at providing good quality food produced organically, while maintaining livestock densities appropriate to behavioral needs. Adopting livestock management practices minimizes the stress and seeks to promote animal welfare.  This production acquires a differential value that can be highlighted through a certification system.

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food activities in the world, and quality certifications are key to entering the most demanding markets.

LETIS has been the first certification body to certify an organic aquaculture production in Argentina, in an enterprise of rainbow trout in Patagonia. Today it certifies fish and bivalve mollusk productions in various Latin American countries.

LETIS has provided services to the wild collection sector since 1998, certifying the collection of plants, algae, fruits, fungi, among others, and their processing. Wild harvesting techniques consciously avoid exploiting wild plant communities, and are carried out with utmost care and respect for nature. 

The Certification is a business tool to access new markets, set up in business in existing markets, increase the sale of certain products and add value to them.

Organic Cosmetics: The objective of the organic certification is to verify that the raw materials that are being used in the processing of cosmetics have been produced following the criteria for organic agriculture. These criteria include the non-use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides of chemical synthesis, maintaining a healthy production, ensuring sustainability with the environment. With the organic certification, you assure the consumer that the chemicals and pollutants, which affect the environment and the skin, are highly reduced in your products.

A NOP (USDA) certified, cosmetics, personal care products, and body care products are eligible for the same 4 organic labeling categories as all other agricultural products, based on their organic content and other factors:

  •  “100 percent organic”: Product must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal and must display LETIS’s name and address, as the certifying agent. 

 

  •  “Organic”: Product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). 

 

  • “Made with organic ingredients”: Products contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients and product label can list up to three of the organic ingredients or “food” groups on the principal display panel. For example, body lotion made with at least 70 percent organic ingredients (excluding water and salt) and only organic herbs may be labeled either “body lotion made with organic lavender, rosemary, and chamomile,” or “body lotion made with organic herbs.” Products may not display the USDA Organic Seal and must display LETIS’s name and address, as the certifying agent. 

 

  • Less than 70 percent organic ingredients: Products cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the principal display panel. However, they may identify the specific ingredients that are USDA-certified as being organically produced on the ingredients statement on the information panel.

GMP in Cosmetics production: Good Manufacturing Practices are a basic tool for obtaining safe products for human consumption, which focus on hygiene and handling.

The LETIS BPM program grants this certification according to the IRAM 324 standard.

This standard is applicable to establishments / factories / laboratories in which some of the following activities are carried out: elaboration, industrialization, fractionation, storage, transportation and distribution.

Certifications:

For an imported product to be sold as organic, for most of the organic norms the trader shall be certified as such. 

All organic products imported into the EU must have the appropriate electronic certificate of inspection (e-COI). These are issued and administered by LETIS through the Expert System (TRACES). Please note that if you do not have an electronic certificate of inspection, your products will not be released from their port of arrival in the EU.

The trading of certified organic goods by LETIS for the norms SENASA Argentina and SENASA Peru for domestic or international purposes, also requires the issuance of Transactional Certificates for each transaction. The same shall be requested to LETIS by a certified operator.

In the case of NOP (USA), under the current USDA organic regulations, traders that do not physically handle organic products are not required to be certified. However they may be certified voluntarily. In fact, many traders choose to be certified, for instance, in order to be shown in the USDA oficial integrity database. Please note that the proposed changes to the USDA organic regulations eliminate the exclusions from certification and would require all traders to be certified. The new rules should be in place in 2022.

For more information about the requirements of each market, please contact us! at info@letis.org

LETIS provides the service of evaluation and approval of commercial inputs to be used in organic production. The inputs that obtain approval may use a distinctive seal, which gives them greater added value, thus allowing them to differentiate themselves in the market. Furthermore, LETIS publishes on its website the “List of Approved Inputs for Use in Organic Agriculture” where companies demanding organic supplies, people and related institutions will be able to know the trademarks, manufacturers and registrants of the authorized inputs.

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To request a list of inputs approved by LETIS for organic production, please contact us at info@letis.org

By “organic”, “ecological” or “biological” is understood to be any plant / animal / aquaculture product from a sustainable production system that, through the rational management of natural resources and without the use of chemical synthesis products. The organic system provides healthy and abundant food, while allowing the maintenance or increase of the fertility of the resource, its biotic activity and biological diversity. These products must allow consumers to clearly identify their organic status through a certification system that guarantees it.

Countries that have their own organic legislation on production and organic control system require by law that products labeled as “organic”, “ecological” or “biological” be certified according to their national standard, through accredited third-party certifiers as LETIS.

In addition to being a source of healthy and environmentally friendly food, organic products are a growing consumer trend and attractive to the producer due to their premium prices. The certification allows the producer to access different international markets.

Markets

LETIS offers auditing and certification services for the organic standards of the following countries:

  • Argentina,
  • European Union.
  • Canada (COR and QUEBEC standards)
  • South Korea
  • United States,
  • Switzerland
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Japan
  • Sweden

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Standards

LETIS has a nationally applicable organic certification program (Law 25,127 and its regulations), equivalent to the organic regulations of the European Union.

The LETIS SUE program allows organic products manufactured in Argentina to also be marketed within the countries of the European Union. Certification is carried out throughout the production chain: primary production, processing and trading.

LETIS certifies an enormous diversity of agricultural-livestock productions and their associated agro-industry, guaranteeing the quality and experience in the service provided.

This regulation aims to ensure a possible productive management system that:

  • Respect natural systems and cycles while preserving and enhancing the health of ecosystems.
  • Contribute to achieving a high degree of biodiversity.
  • Make responsible use of energy and natural resources such as water, soil, organic matter and air.

 

The SENASA – European Union equivalence does not include the scope of aquaculture and viticulture. For these scopes, we offer the LETIS SENASA (Argentina) and LETIS EEQ (European Union) programs.

Those producers located outside of Argentina and who wish to market their products in the country, must certify the LETIS SENASA Argentina standard.

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LETIS certifies EEQ through the equivalent IACB (International Accredited Certification Bodies) standard.

This program allows the certification of the European Union regulations for:

  • All companies that are outside the European Union and wish to export to that market.
  • Aquaculture or viticulture productions located within Argentina that wish to enter the European Union market, since these two scopes are not within the SUE equivalence program (SENASA – European Union).

Since 2002, organic products wishing to enter the United States must comply with the NOP (National Organic Program). This program is regulated by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). LETIS is directly accredited by the USDA to audit and certify these regulations worldwide.

Through the LETIS NOP-COR program, we offer the possibility of certifying the equivalence between the organic standards of the United States and Canada, in order to access both the US and Canadian markets.

LETIS is accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to certify organic products in compliance with the requirements of the COR (Canadian Organic Regime) standard. LETIS offers this certification worldwide.

Through the LETIS COR-NOP program, we offer the possibility of certifying the equivalence between the Canada and US organic standards, in order to access both the Canadian and US markets.

LETIS is accredited by CAEQ (Comittee on Accreditation for Evaluation of Quality) to certify the CARTv standard (Quebec). This is the organic standard for the Quebec canadian region.

This standard is mandatory for:

  • Any company located outside of Quebec that wishes to market its organic production in the Quebec area. In addition to this certification, the COR standard is mandatory.
  • Any company within Quebec that wishes to market their production within Quebec or anywhere else in Canada. In addition to this certification, the COR standard is mandatory.

In the case of operations in Argentina: since 2001 the certification regime for organic products in Japan (JAS – Japanese Agricultural Standard) has been in force.

Through an agreement between SENASA Argentina and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF), Argentina has obtained the recognition of equivalence with the JAS standard.

The LETIS JAS program allows any product certified by the Argentine standard to enter Japan, except for alcoholic beverages and animal origin products.

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the WHO (World Health Organization) have established International Guidelines for the production, processing, labeling and marketing of foods produced with organic methods, in order to guide the producer and protect the consumer against deception and fraud. All Member Countries of the Codex Alimentarius Commission have endorsed these guidelines. The private sector equivalent of the Codex Alimentarius guidelines is the International Basic Standards for Organic Production and Processing, created by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM.


The Codex Alimentarius and IFOAM guidelines contain the approved management principles for the production of plants, livestock, bees and their products (IFOAM also has provisions for fibers, aquaculture and non-wood forest products). Additionally, it includes requirements for handling, storage, processing, packaging and transportation of products, as well as a list of substances allowed in the production and processing of organic food. The LETIS IFOAM program offers certification of this regulation.

LETIS Peru is accredited by SENASA Peru to carry out audits and certification of the organic standard, in accordance with the Reglamento Técnico para los Productos Orgánicos (2006) and Supreme Decree DS 010-2010-AG.

LETIS is recognized by ICB (International Certification Biosuisse AG) to carry out audits of this standard that allows the entry of certified production in the Swiss market.

Bio Suisse’s guidelines are based on the Organic Agriculture Ordinance, but go further in many aspects such as plant protection, animal feed, processing and social norms.

Those who wish to certify the LETIS Biosuisse Program, must take into account the following:

  • The operator shall have a valid certificate of LETIS SUE, LETIS EEQ, or equivalent certification.
  • The farm shall be fully organically managed, and the farm manager shall not be responsible for any other conventional farms (certified non-organic production).
  • As a BioSuisse certified operator, you can only import products that are not grown by Swiss organic farmers or that they produce in insufficient quantity.
  • The operator shall have the importing counterpart in Switzerland.
  • Air transport is prohibited.

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LETIS conducts audits for the Brazilian organic standard, in compliance with Law No. 10.831. The certification is issued by the Brazilian certifier IBD. Therefore, our clients have the advantage and recognition that comes from being certified by Brazil’s largest certifier.

LETIS has inspectors that are qualified and approved to carry out the audits for the certification of products under the Organic Standard of South Korea. Through an agreement between LETIS and the South Korean certifier DCOK (DOALNARA CERTIFIED ORGANIC KOREA), DCOK issues the certificates of conformity for this norm based on LETIS audits.

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China Organic Product Certification Services under China National Organic Product Standard (GB/T 19630-2011).

The GB/T19630-2011 Standard for Organic Products is applicable for all organic products for sale in the Chinese market, including domestic and imported products. The products can be sold legally as organic products in Chinese market only with certification of such standard. The standard consists of four parts, which respectively specify the requirements in the field of organic production, processing, marking, selling and management system.

LETIS has a cooperation agreement with SRS Shanghai, who is the certifier entity accredited for the GBT Standard.

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KRAV is the Swedish organic market’s private label.  KRAV requirements have to be followed in addition to those requested by EU-Organic. The KRAV Standards are adapted to the IFOAM Standards and included in the IFOAM Family of Standards. The KRAV Standards also comply with the EU regulation for organic production (EC) No 834/2007. 

LETIS is approved by KRAV Ekonomisk Förening as an inspection body for the KRAV standard. 

The KRAV Standards can be used as follows:

  • Processing companies, as well as companies packaging and handling unpackaged products outside the Nordic countries can be certified. If the production is located outside the EU and EEA, section 3.10 “General Standards for Certification Outside the EU/EEA” of the KRAV Standards 2019-20 apply.
  • The KRAV Standards for agriculture can only be used in the Nordic countries.
  • The KRAV standards for fisheries are only applicable in the Northeast Atlantic and the Baltic Sea as well as in bodies of freshwater in the Nordic countries.

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The GLOBALG.A.P. certifies good agricultural practices globally. It mainly covers the following points: traceability (monitoring), production techniques (controlled use of agrochemicals), environmental protection, hygienic aspects (no chemical, physical and biological contamination) and social (adequate work environment). It is made up of modules integrating the production process, from its beginning until the product is removed from the production unit.

GLOBALG.A.P. is a “business to business (B2B)” certification, which means that it connects , through a certificate of conformity, your company with others such as international and national marketers, distributors and supermarkets, who are looking for suppliers of proven high quality.

LETIS is accredited to certify the scope of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA (Standard for Integrated Farm Assurance) in fruits, vegetables and bulk crops.

How to certify?

The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard V5 is built on a system of modules that enables producers to get certified for several sub-scopes in one audit. It consists of:

  • General Regulations: These map out the criteria for successful CPCC implementation as well as set guidelines for the verification and the regulation of the standard.
     
  • Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC): These clearly define the requirements for achieving the quality standard required by GLOBALG.A.P.  

 

The Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) are also modular-based consisting of:

  • The All Farm Base Module: This is the foundation of all standards, and consists of all the requirements that all producers must first comply with to gain certification.
  • The Scope Module: This defines clear criteria based on the different food production sectors. GLOBALG.A.P. covers 3 scope s: Crops, Livestock and Aquaculture. 
  • The Sub-scope Module: These CPCC cover all the requirements for a particular product or different aspect of the food production and supply chain.

 

To get certified, producers must comply with all the CPCC relevant for their sub-scope. For example, a strawberry grower must comply with the All Farm Base CPCC, the Crops Standard CPCC and the Fruit & Vegetables CPCC to receive a GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Fruit & Vegetables Standard Certificate.

GLOBALG.A.P. also provides checklists for each module to help producers better prepare their farms and make the necessary changes before a certification body inspector performs an audit or inspection.

Certification Options: 

  • Option 1: Single producer with or without an optional Quality Management System.
  • Option 2 (Multiple producers with a mandatory Quality Management System. 

GLOBALG.A.P. + Add on

In response to the growing concerns that have arisen around certain issues in the agricultural production process and the supply chain, GLOBALG.A.P. developed its “add-ons”. These additional and voluntary modules seek to optimize your GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

LETIS offers the following Add-ons:

The FDA promulgated this law in 2011, which covers products for export to the US and also their internal production. This law requires specific practices to be implemented and followed for the production, handling, and import of food products.

To support implementation efforts at the producer level, GLOBALG.A.P. offers its FSMA Produce Safety Rule Add-on to address control points found in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR). 

This Add-on aids producers in identifying FSMA requirements that must be addressed at the farm level when accompanied by IFA FV certification.

Inspection reports and certificates for IFA FV and the FSMA PSR Add-on can be provided to importers, retailers, and other value-chain participants as evidence of a producer’s efforts toward FSMA implementation.

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Is a voluntary ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare.

As a complement to the GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, it helps producers to establish a good social management system on their farms, offering buyers an additional guarantee and protecting one of the most important resources of the farm: its workers.

GRASP measures can be assessed together with the GLOBALG.A.P. audit. A GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Body (CB) approved for GRASP conducts the GRASP assessment of your production facilities. The assessment results are then uploaded to the GLOBALG.A.P. Database, showing your level of compliance, and are then visible to industry supply chain partners and buyers who have been granted access.

The LETIS GAP Program guarantees the reliable verification of compliance with Good Agricultural Practices, whose implementation is mandatory in Argentina since 2020 for fruitculture and in 2021 onwards for vegetables, according to the resolution of the Argentine National Government 5/2018.

The LETIS GAP program enables the entire process to be effectively managed with the IRAM 14110 standard, incorporating a sustainable vision into primary food production and making efficient use of resources and appropriate integrated management of pests and diseases.

The purpose of this standard is to establish the general criteria that allows to obtain safe products for consumption. Its field of application includes production, harvesting, storage, packaging and transportation.

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Good Manufacturing Practices are a basic tool for obtaining safe products for human consumption, which focus on hygiene and handling.

The LETIS GMP program grants this certification according to the IRAM 324 standard.

This standard is applicable to establishments in which some of the following activities are carried out: preparation, industrialization, fractionation, storage, transportation and distribution of food and supplies in contact with them.

Compliance with the GMP is mandatory for all food processing establishments located in Argentina, and is a prerequisite for the HACCP Certification, TQM Program or any other Quality Management system such as ISO 9000 in agri-food companies.

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Our team has developed the LETIS Vegan quality seal. This is our answer to the demands of the consumers and a result of our constant search for providing tools that facilitate transparency and communication of the essence, purpose and ways of working behind each product.

This “Business to Consumer” seal is easy to identify on certified products and is backed by a precise and responsible quality protocol and an accurate and responsible auditing and certification system.

The LETIS Vegan certification provides transparency to consumers who choose products that do not contain ingredients or sub-ingredients of animal origin, that have not been tested on animals, and that have been produced and traced avoiding cross contamination with products that do not comply with these characteristics. 

Some of the requirements of this seal are covered by organic certification, HACCP and GMP, that is why we have developed a combined certification model, in which our clients can opt for these certifications under the same audit system.

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Our team has developed the LETIS Free Hens seal, which seeks to meet consumer demands, providing tools to facilitate transparency and communication of the essence, purpose and ways of working behind each product.

This “Business to Consumer” seal is easy to identify on certified products and is backed by a 

precise and responsible quality protocol and an accurate and responsible auditing and certification system.

LETIS Free Hens certification facilitates the choice of eggs from hens raised with practices that attend to animal welfare, such as the management of accommodation, food, health and veterinary treatment, seeking to reproduce their natural conditions and therefore both reducing their stress and ensuring a better quality of life for the animals. 

Some of the requirements of this seal are covered by organic certification, that is why we have developed a combined certification model, in which our clients can opt for both certifications under the same audit system.

Este sello «Business to Consumer» (dirigidos al consumidor) es de fácil visualización en los productos certificados y está respaldado por un protocolo de calidad y sistema de auditoría y certificación precisos y responsables.

La certificación LETIS Gallinas Libres facilita la elección de huevos provenientes de gallinas criadas con prácticas que atienden al bienestar animal, tales como el manejo del alojamiento, la alimentación, la sanidad y el tratamiento veterinario, buscando reproducir las condiciones naturales de las mismas y por lo tanto reduciendo su estrés y garantizando una mejor calidad de vida para los animales. 

Algunos de los requisitos de este sello están cubiertos por la certificación orgánica, por lo que hemos desarrollado un modelo de certificación combinado, en el cual nuestros clientes pueden optar por ambas certificaciones bajo un mismo sistema de auditoría.

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The HACCP system is used worldwide and it is also internationally recognized and requested.

It helps organizations to focus on biological, chemical and physical hazards that affect food safety and hygiene, by establishing Critical Control Points (CCPs) in the production process. It is basically a preventive system, with the objective of reducing the dangers of contamination and delivering safe products to customers and consumers.

The implementation of GMP should be considered as a prerequisite for HACCP certification.

The LETIS HACCP program grants this certification according to the IRAM 323 standard for Mercosur countries, or according to the Codex Alimentarius for other countries.

Some of the advantages of having this certification are:

  • It guarantees the safe production of food
  • It improves your institutional image and increases the prestige of your brand due to its international recognition.
  • It opens up new business opportunities in different international markets.
  • By eliminating or minimizing risks to the consumer, the costs of claims and returns are reduced.

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The Seal “Argentine Food, a natural choice” is a country brand that seeks to differentiate foods produced in Argentina under a premium quality standard. It is granted by the Argentinian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to the products that request it and comply with the requirements established in specific protocols.

LETIS performs the third party audits of this program.

Products that have this Seal can obtain an additional 0.5% to the tariff position in Export Refunds (PEN Decree No. 1341/16).

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The Tierra del Fuego-End of the World Certified Quality seal is a territorial brand developed by the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. It seeks to differentiate products produced in this Province, whose quality, sustainability and social responsibility meet the established requirements.

This seal covers quality, environmental and social responsibility protocols for various productions of the Province, such as sheep production for meat, aquaculture, gourmet products and furniture.

LETIS inspects, verifies compliance and grants the Tierra del Fuego-End of the World certified quality seal.

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