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Certification of Traditional and Regional Products

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products

The production of food according to traditional recipes has become a way to increase the interest of a potential customer in a product whose origin is closely connected with a given region and production methods which have remained unchanged for generations. Traditional and regional products are receiving even greater consumer acceptance while significantly effecting the promotion and development of the region from which they originate.

Certification provides measurable benefit in the protection and promotion of traditional and regional products. Certification guarantees legal protection of the name, recipe, production methods and control over the production and the safety of any given product. These guarantees protect producers from unfair competition.

TÜV Rheinland Sp. z o.o., acting pursuant to a decision of Minister of Agriculture and Countryside Development no. PP-oz-kz-076-515/08 (2694) dated 07.08.2008 obtained an identification number OZ/jc-06/2008/PL and authorization to conduct audits, to issue and cancel certificates confirming compliance of the production process, farming products and food articles which have a protected name of origin, protected geographical status or is a guaranteed traditional specialty (certificate of specific nature) with the specification.

Benefits of Our Certification of Traditional and Regional Products

Benefits resulting from the certification of traditional and regional products:

  • High product quality confirmed by the certificate.
  • Legal protection of the product regarding name, recipe and production methods used.
  • Growth in the demand for high quality traditional and regional products.
  • Influence on protection of cultural rural heritage.
  • Possibility of expanding the sales market.
  • Creating additional jobs.
  • Obtaining an additional source of income.
  • Growth of customers’ trust in the given producer.

Contact us today to find out more about the certification of traditional and regional products.

Traditional and Regional Products – Types of Identifications

Protected Name of Origin

Protected name of origin refers to the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, the country which is used to identify a farming product or food article coming from that region, a specific place or country; the specific quality, reputation or other characteristic feature of which can be assigned to it on the basis of this geographical origin; the production, processing or preparation of which take place in the given geographical region.

Protected Geographical Identification

Protected geographical identification refers to the name of a region or specific place, or in exceptional cases, the name of a country used to describe a farming product or food article coming from that region, specific place or country. The product has a particular level of quality, reputation or other features assigned to it on the basis of its geographical origin. Production or processing of the product takes places in an accurately defined geographical area. „The geographical environment” is understood as the natural environment in combination with human factors such as, among others, climate, water, quality of soil or local know-how.

Guaranteed Traditional Specialty

Guaranteed traditional specialty refers to a traditional farming product or food article recognized by the Community on the basis of its specific nature by means of its registration according to the Council Regulation (WE) no. 509/2006 dated 20th March 2006 on farming products and food articles which are guaranteed traditional specialties.

Traditional and Regional Products – What is the difference between the Protected Name of Origin and Protected Geographical Identification?

The most important difference between the Protected Name of Origin and Protected Geographical Identification is the strength of relation of the given product with the place of its origin. The Protected Names of Origin are used for products very closely connected with a given geographical area. In order to use the Protected Name of Origin, both the production of raw materials as well as the entire processing through to the final product must take place in the given (defined) area. In the case of Protected Geographical Identification, a product must be manufactured within the region of the name it carries, but in contrast to Protected Name of Origin, only one of the three production phases (production, processing, preparation) must take place in the given (defined) area.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: UE Legal Regulations

  • of the Council Regulation (EC) no. 509/2006 dated 20th March concerning farming products and food agents which are guaranteed traditional specialities.
  • of the Council Regulation (WE) no. 510/2006 dated 20th March concerning protection of geographical identifications and names of farming products and food articles.
  • of the Committee Regulation no. 1898/2006 dated 14th December 2006 defining detailed principles of using the Council Regulation (WE) no. 510/2006 concerning protection of geographical identifications and names of origin of farming products and food articles.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: Polish Legal Regulations

  • In Poland, the Ministry of Agriculture and Countryside Development is responsible for maintaining the registration system for products with specific geographical origin and specific traditional quality.
  • Pursuant to the act pertaining to the registration and protection of identifications of farming products, food articles and traditional products (Journal of Laws 2005 no. 10, clause 68), the Ministry of Agriculture and Countryside Development is responsible for acceptance, evaluation and submitting of applications for registration of names of origin, geographical identifications and names of a specific nature to the European Committee.


The act pertaining to the registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products, food articles and about traditional products regulates the following issues:

1. Principles and procedures of evaluating applications for the registration of names of origin, geographical identifications and certificates of a specific nature.

2. Terms and conditions regarding temporary protection of names of farming products and food articles in the domestic area before registration at the EU level.

3. Principles and procedures of controlling farming products and food articles having a protected name of origin, protected geographical identification or certificate of a specific nature.

4. Terms and conditions for maintaining the List of Traditional Products

5. Penal sanctions for entities forging products whose names are protected.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: Protection of Registered Products

The registered products are protected from:

  • Any direct or indirect use of a registered name of products not covered by registration for commercial purposes, if these products are comparable with products registered under this name or if use of the names infringes the prestige of the protected name.
  • Each illegal appropriation, imitation or reference, even if the true origin of the product is indicated or the protected name is translated or accompanied by the expression „in the style of”, „of the kind of”, „using the method”, „as produced in”, „imitation” or „similar”.
  • Any other false or confusing data referring to the place of origin, properties or basic features of the product on internal or external packaging, in advertising material or documents referring to the given product or on the packaging of the product in a container, which may create a false impression as to its origin.
  • Any other practices which may confuse the persons interested in the origin of the product.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: List of Traditional Products

The List of Traditional Products stems from the act on registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products, food articles and traditional products apart from regulations concerning registration of names at the EU level.

The List of Traditional Products includes those products whose quality or exceptional features and properties result from using traditional methods of production. Methods used for at least 25 years are regarded as traditional. Creating the List of Traditional Products is aimed at disseminating information about products manufactured using traditional, historically established methods.

The List of Traditional Products is continually published on the Ministry of Agriculture and Countryside Development website and printed annually in the Official Journal of the Ministry and Countryside Development (according to art. 55 of the act pertaining to the registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products food articles and traditional products).

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: What Products Can be Included in the List of Traditional Products?

  • Products which are characterized by a traditional method of production established in time (for a period of at least 25 years) and whose quality and exceptional features and properties of which result from using traditional methods of production can be included in the List of Traditional Products.
  • The basis for registration is the tradition of production as well as particular and unique quality connected with historically established regulations, methods of production or methods of food processing or ageing, which guarantee the high quality of the end product.
  • The List of Traditional Products may include farming products and food articles as mentioned in appendix I to the Treaty establishing the European Community, in appendices to regulation no. 2081/92 or in appendix to regulation no. 2082/92 and spirit beverages as mentioned in the Council Regulation (EWG) no. 1576/89 dated 29th May 1989 establishing general principles of defining, describing and presentation of spirit beverages.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: Who Keeps the List of Traditional Products and Where Shall Applications Be Submitted?

  • The List of Traditional Products is managed jointly by the Marshals of Districts and Minister of Agriculture and Countryside Development.
  • Marshals of Districts are obliged to accept and evaluate applications for the inclusion of a product in the List of Traditional Products. Accepted applications are sent to Minister of Agriculture and Countryside Development.
  • Minister of Agriculture and Countryside Development is responsible for accepting applications from the Marshals of Districts, for maintaining and updating the List of Traditional Products.

Certification of Traditional and Regional Products: Categories of Dividing the List of Traditional Products

1. Decorative flowers and plants

2. Hay, etheric oils, cork, cochineal, wicker

3. Wool

4. Other products listed in appendix I to the Treaty establishing the European Community

5. Fresh meat, edible giblets and processed meat (boiled, corned, smoked etc.)

6. Cheeses

7. Other products of animal origin (eggs, honey, various dairy products excluding butter)

8. Oils and fats (butter, margarine, oil etc.)

9. Fruits, vegetables, grains, fresh or their preserves

10. Fresh fish, molluscs, crustaceans and products made from them

11. Beer

12. Beverages from plant extracts

13. Bread, cake, tarts, cookies and other cake and baking products

14. Natural rubbers and resins

15. Mustard

16. Chocolate and other products containing cocoa

17. Pasta boiled or not, stuffed or not

18. Prepared meals, ready sauces, spices, soups, broths

19. Milk-based or water-based ice-creams (sorbets)

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