Designations of origin and geographical indications, certifies agricultural products, processed agri-food products.
It protects agri-food products whose quality is associated with the production area and its gastronomic traditions.
What it is certified
Italy is the European country with the largest number of agri-food products with designations of origin and geographical indications recognised by the European Union. A further demonstration of the great quality of our production, especially of the strong bond that ties Italian agro-food excellence to its territory of origin.
The EU Geographical Indication system aims at protecting and promoting the production system and economy of the territory. The indissoluble link with the area of origin imposes the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity; it supports the social cohesion of the entire community.
The valorisation of these products and the safeguard of their essence meant as production methods, traditional recipes and rooted attachment to the territory find an effective response in the PDO, PGI and TSG trademarks introduced by the European Union to protect typical agri-food products.
Currently, the system is subject to Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 on PDOs and PGIs and No. 509/2006 on TSGs, which have replaced the previous Regulations (EC) No. 2081/92 and (EC) No. 2081/92.
The new regulations allow third country producers to access the system of protection of geographical indications, as requested by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and make the organisational system associated to the control and protection of these products more functional.
The control system is entrusted to control bodies accredited and specially authorised by Mi.PA.A.F.(Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies). The inspection body chosen by the Consortium or other Organisation for trademark protection controls all operators who comply with the specification.
ICEA is the control body authorised for the following specifications and products:
- Clementine di Calabria (PGI)
- Cipolla Rossa di Tropea Calabria (PGI)
- Pane casareccio di Genzano (PGI)
- Fagiolo di Sorana (PGI)
- Farina di Neccio della Garfagnana (PGI)
- Limone di Rocca Imperiale (PGI)
- Patata della Sila (PGI)
- Fichi di Cosenza (PDO)
- Bergamotto di Calabria Olio Essenziale (PDO)
How to certify
The certification process is divided into four main phases.
- Request for control by individual operators to the Control Body chosen by the consortium or other protection organisation.
- On-site inspection carried out on the basis of a control plan approved by Mi.PA.A.F. to verify compliance with the specification both of those involved in the supply chain and of the product, using analytical tests if necessary. The results of the controls are assessed by ICEA Certification Committee to issue the company’s suitability and the enrolment in the register of subjects eligible to use trademark and designation.
- Issue of certification following the positive outcome of the audit and the required analyses. Based on the production declarations issued by the various operators involved in the sector, ICEA authorises the printing of labels bearing the Community logo.
- Annual surveillance, carried out on a sample of at least 35% of the subjects included in the supply chain, through periodic inspections and analyses aimed at confirming the maintenance of compliance conditions.
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