What is UTZ Certification?
UTZ Certified is a worldwide certification programme that sets standards for responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities. UTZ means “Good” in Maya language, gives the assurance of professional, social and environmental quality in production that brands and consumers expect .UTZ mainly giving certification for Tea, Coffee and Cocoa. UTZ Certified products have been produced according to the criteria of the UTZ Certified code of conduct.
What is the procedure for getting UTZ Certification?
The producer or group can contact INDOCERT through mail or phone. INDOCERT will send the application package to the producer. After getting the filled application form INDOCERT will send an offer to the producer, if the producer agree with this, can pay 75% of the total offer. After getting the payment, INDOCERT will give a date for the inspection which will intimate early to the producer. After inspection, the total inspection and certification costs are finalised and an invoice is sent to the operator. The operator must send the remaining amount of the final invoice to INDOCERT. Upon receipt of the full payment, the Assessor will review the inspection report and the file will be submitted to the certification committee. The certification committee will take the certification decision based on the available documentation. Certification decisions will be intimated within two months after the inspection report, payment and relevant documents (if any) has been received at INDOCERT. INDOCERT issues the certificate, which is not later than 25 working days after the fulfillment of all-necessary inspections, closing non-conformities, and settlement of all dues.
Is there any annual inspection required for UTZ Certification?
Annual follow-up inspections are mandatory. INDOCERT will send renewal application form before the next season starts and the same procedures will be followed
How much does the process cost?
Process cost will calculate with the INDOCERT scale of fees. It is also depends up on the service required by the Producer / group.
What is the market about the certified produce?
The UTZ certified Tea & Coffee have good market especially in the international market.
For more details please visit Website: www.utzcertified.org