Quality Certification Programme Stampa

Logo Marchio Qualità  CICAs in other European countries, Italy has also undertaken a voluntary certification programme for quality compost promoted by the Italian Composting and Biogas Consortium   (CIC).
In 2001 CIC undertook a viability study coordinated by the Technical Committee of CIC. Thereafter a specific Quality Committee was established which drafted a series of rules to regulate the programme. These establish the frequency and types of product analyses required to achieve conformity with the Quality criteria laid down.

The voluntary certification programme for quality compost includes a first stage which certifies the product and following that, the creation of a Quality Assurance System, for both the product and the process.


By the end of 2014   about 36 composting plants have signed up to the programme and the analysis and sampling programme has been initiated. The samples are analysed by the two laboratories certified in Italy for the European Ecolable Certification for Organic Soil Ammenders and Sub Strata.

Each lot/bag of compost sold by these plants has the right to use the Quality Compost CIC label. By end 2014 the amount of compost certified represents about 490,000 tonnes , equal to 32% of Italy's total compost production.

The product certification scheme is managed by CIC in cooperation with Certiquality which has the role of Certifier. Membership of the Certification scheme is voluntary and the concept of quality is based upon "acceptable risk". The standards aaplied in the Rules of CIC's product certification scheme are a useful instrument both for the producer of quality compost products as a way of monitoring the quality standards achieved; and for the consumer who can verify the quality of the compost used.

Rules for the Compost Certification by CIC are available online: download document here (in Italian)




Key data about separate collection and compost production in Italy: year 2013/2014 (see attachment)




Download this file (CIC Key data 2014.pdf)CIC Key data 2014.pdf739 Kb

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