The Center of Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE) is a limited liability company, aiming to support the development of Biodynamic agriculture according to Demeter standards in Egypt and neighboring countries. COAE is an accredited certification agency and its activities are regimented in the corresponding Quality System Handbook. COAE services are accessible for all applicants, whose activities fall within its field of operation, interested and no exclusivities are granted to any of them. COAE operates and its administration is non-discriminatory and administrated in a non-discriminatory manner. It provides for brand neutral services. COAE refrains from all trading and other business activities that could influence and bias its certification decisions. All data gathered by COAE in the course of its assessments are kept strictly confidential and in accordance with the applicable data security regulations. All employees sign a confidentiality agreement and are supervised.
Certificates issued by COAE are based on specific qualifications and issued for those operators and products that have proved to fulfill the criteria set in the respective standards (International DEMETER Standards for Production, International DEMETER of Processing Standards and/or any other applicable guidelines).
On the client’s request, the control of additional standards remains reserved and is subject of a corresponding contractual agreement. In this way COAE supports the co-operation of the certified operators with the organic agriculture movement.
For its certification, COAE preferably contracts independent experts, hereby supporting independence, initiative and responsibility of these experts. However, this is paired with a demand for high qualifications and performance in the field of professional expertise, objectivity, and reliability.