ECOCERT is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and of the importance of offering some form of recognition to those committed to this method of production. Consistent with its commitment to organic farming, ECOCERT has opted to put its technical expertise to use in supporting the environment, developing its own specifications for the inspection and certification of products, systems and services. By defining strict requirements that meet consumer expectations, v Group encourages economic stakeholders to adopt responsible practices. The validation of the raw material is a main step of the natural and organic certification process according to the Ecocert standard or to the COSMOS standard. Providers of natural raw materials can, with our (Ecocert’s) service of raw material checking, get an attestation and an on-line publishing to promote easily the compliance of their ingredients with the Ecocert or the COSMOS standards. Recognised both in France and elsewhere, these standards are used to conduct inspections on the basis of technical criteria.