Organic is a legally protected term. A product may only be called organic if the production process complies with legal regulations: governments determine the rules, organic entrepreneurs comply with these and control authorities monitor compliance. By issuing the organic production logo, they make the reliability of organic products visible, for both buyer and consumer.
In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. Control authorities, like Skal, are responsible for the implementation and administration of the organic rules for food producers, importers and trading companies. They inspect and award organic certification to farms and businesses that meet the organic standards, inspecting each of the certified businesses at least once a year, including unannounced and random visits.