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COPAE

About us

Consejo de la Producción Agraria Ecológica del Principado de Asturias (COPAE)

The Consejo de la Producción Agraria Ecológica del Principado de Asturias (COPAE) is a management entity set up by the Agricultural Regional Ministry in order to carry out the official control of organic production.

 

COPAE is regulated by Decree 81/2004, of 21 October, on organic agricultural production and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs, in the Principality of Asturias.

 

Decree 81/2004 of 21 October

Organisation Chart (COPAE)

The governing body of COPAE is the plenary of the Council, in which producers, processors, consumers and the Administration of the Principality of Asturias are represented.

 

Its functioning is regulated by an Internal Regime Regulation, passed by the plenary of the Council.

 

Internal Regulation
COPAE full Organisation Chart

COPAE Roles

COPAE’s main role is to control and certify organic production

But it also holds other public roles, such as managing the register of organic operators, safeguarding compliance with organic production regulations, promoting the consumption of organic food, and disseminating and promoting organic production, and organic production systems.

Registers

COPAE controls organic production regulations in all the production, transformation and distribution phases of organic products. Thus, COPAE is responsible for the management of the following operators’ registers:

Producers

In terms of agricultural, livestock or aquaculture productions.

Processors

In terms of the companies that process, transform or distribute products.

Importers

In terms of import activities from third countries.

Retailers

For businesses that handle or sell organic products to end users or consumers, in bulk or by pieces.

Hotel and Catering Establishments

To guarantee the origin of organic products, COPAE offers the possibility of signing collaboration agreements with mass catering businesses, creating a new register to control restaurants or mass catering businesses that prepare menus or dishes with organic ingredients.

REGOE

At a national level, there is a general register of organic operators (REGOE). This register can be accessed through the website of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Link to REGOE

Statistics

Results in figures

COPAE collects data on organic production on a yearly basis. The information provided includes the number of operators per activity, the registered surface area per crop, livestock farms or types of industries, among other data.

 

Statistical data are available from the year 2001, on the website of the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for Asturias as well as for other Autonomous Communities in Spain.

 

See statistics

 

Moreover, COPAE publishes the distribution maps of organic production in Asturias, broken down by councils/municipalities

 

See maps

Fees

Public and non-profit

One of the duties established by the European legislation in terms of organic production is the operators’ contribution to the control costs. Thus, COPAE establishes different registration and maintenance fees, depending on the nature of the operator and certified activities.

 

COPAE is a public and non-profit management body. The revenues from the operators’ fees are allocated to cover some of the control and operating expenses, as well as part of the organic production promotion expenses.

 

As these are public roles assigned by the Administration, COPAE also receives funds from the Regional Ministry of Agriculture.

 

COPAE fees in 2017

Regulations

Organic production is regulated at a European level. The updated legislation on organic production, at a European and national level, can be consulted on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Go to national and European regulations

 

In Asturias, the regulatory documents are:

 

Decree 81/2004, of 21 October, on organic agriculture production and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs, in the Principality of Asturias

 

COPAE’s internal regulation
Catalogue of non-compliances and measures related to organic production
Decision on the exemption of certain retailers

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