History

 

1990
The Center of Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE) is founded firstly in 1990 as non-profit organization (NGO). Its objective was the establishment of biodynamic standards for the Egyptian growers, their training, and consultation in applying its standards and make inspection to ensure the adherence to the regulations under supervision of the Institute of Market Ecology (IMO), Switzerland.

1992

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture named the COAE as the private inspection body, responsible for inspection and certification of organic products according to EU regulations.

1996

COAE was re-established as a limited liability company in the Company Department of the Ministry of Economy and International Cooperation (see QM-01 No COAE Objectives).

1999

COAE has the accreditation according to EN45011 (ISO 65).

2000

Extension of COAE’s scope to cover the International Demeter Standards for Production and the International Demeter of Processing Standards.

2014

Re-accreditation according to EN45011 with extension of COAE’s scope to cover the EUREPGAP-Regulations of Fresh Produce ‘Vegetables and Fruits’.

2015

Accreditation according to EN45011 to modify the COAE’s scope to cover the new Global GAP standards Version 3.0-Sept_07 instead of the old version of EUREPGAP-Regulations.

2017

According to the political and economic situation in Egypt, COAE decided to decrease its certification scope to cancel the G GAP Regulations and GOTS Standards.

2018

According to political and economic situation in Egypt, COAE decided to decrease its certification scope to cancel Organic Standards.