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How to get European Flax®?

A – PRINCIPLES AND REQUIREMENTS
B – CERTIFICATION PROCESS

C – CONTACTS
D – TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

A – PRINCIPLES AND REQUIREMENTS

European Flax® is open to any Company worldwide, whose products are composed of certified flax/linen, and willing to play their role in the traceability of their value chain, to bring ultimately the guarantee of origin for premium linen fibre grown in Europe to retailers and consumers.

Each Company commits to the criteria in accordance with its activity, as part of the TRACEABILITY CHAIN (click on image to enlarge or download):

Upstream, flax growers and scutchers, by signing the EUROPEAN FLAX CHARTER, guarantee local farming that respects the environment, uses no irrigation and no GMOs, generates no waste and enhances agricultural biodiversity.

Downstream, each stage of processing and trading commits to the EUROPEAN FLAX® STANDARD and is verified accordingly, to guarantee traceability of the certified flax/linen materials.

Together, they form a ‘Chain-of-custody‘ where each link has to be certified, meaning each player in the chain taking ownership of the material, in order to carry certification to the next player. Therefore, to certify a finished product, each of these links has to be certified until garment manufacturer/specifier (brands/retailers who purchase finished products are not subject to audit). Subcontractors enter the scope of their client’s certification and do not need to receive a certification in their name.

Certified companies can claim products as European Flax certified if made from flax/linen supplies 100% certified, and composed of pure linen or majority blends. Blends with non-certified flax/linen are not allowed.

B – CERTIFICATION PROCESS

FOR A SCUTCHER

► Application
European Flax® Charter + Company profile will be supplied by your national association
After submitting your application, you will receive a European Flax® licence number, logo, marketing charter and tools.
The validity of scutching licence number is for 3 years, automatically renewed until the Chater/standard is revised.

FOR A PROCESSOR OR TRADER

See complete CERTIFICATION PROCESS and GUIDANCE for download below, and summarized here :

► Application

Request for Quotation: a non-committing information to initiate certification dialogue with BV and CELC.
Please download your RFQ from table below and send to BV + CELC, see contacts below.
Notes: –
– for European Processors or Traders, CELC membership is required (via national linen association if relevant);
– for European companies who are Masters of Linen® certified, same auditing body may be used vs BV.

Audit proposal: BV sends a 3 year offer with yearly audit, based on the scope described in the RFQ, production sites, subcontractors,…
Note: compositional tests for processors, shall be either included in BV offer (not applicable in Asia) or ordered seperately from list of accredited laboratories..
After BV proposal is signed, the date for the 1st audit is planned.

► Certification

To prepare first audit, the Company shall use the European Flax documents: STANDARD, CERTIFICATION PROCESS, CHECKLIST, GUIDANCE, for download in table below.
And also download and sign the TERMS OF USE, and send to CELC as mutual agreement about the use of the European Flax® registered mark.

Year 1 audit: documentary audit usually, via phone meeting and e-mails.

BV validates audit and issues European Flax® certificate as pdf, with a certification number and a validity date of 3 years.
CELC sends European Flax® logo, marketing tools, and Terms of Use countersigned.

Certification maintenance:
Year 2: on-site audit. For processors, audit is followed by a composition test on 3 samples selected by BV (tests are not required for scutchers, pre-processors, traders or finished products manufacturers). Tests are performed by one of the laboratories accredited by CELC’s Bast Fibre Authority, incl. BV CPS in France.
Year 3 audit, documentary usually (same remark as Year 1) and test.
Afterwards, the contract is renewable for 3 years, at the same conditions.

► Timing

After offer signature, the date of audit is planned within approx. 1 month. After audit, and all documents are provided by the Company, the audit review is performed by the auditor, then by BV Headquarters within approx. 1 month, leading to certificate issuance.

► Cost
Trademark use: granted by CELC free of charge, without any mark licensing fees.
Audit: approx €2,500 per year, per company, for processors and traders (cost may vary in case of multiple sites or subcontractors)
Test of composition: €300 per year, per company, for processors (see above), starting 2nd year.
Note: for European Processors or Traders, CELC membership fees apply, please contact CELC.

FOR A BRAND OR RETAILER

The certification of your products depends on your supply chain :

►If buying fabrics and commissionning the manufacturing to subcontractor.s :

Brands/Retailers needs to become certified, and their subcontractor.s integrated in the scope. Please follow same steps as Processors.

►If buying finished products,

– the manufacturer needs to become certified as Processor. The finished product will be certified by the manufacturer, through his sales invoice which needs to feature the claim ‘European Flax certified’ for each relevant product, as well as his certification number.

The manufacturer produces the tags/labels and labels the products, according to the Terms of use they have signed and the European Flax® Marketing and Graphic Charter.

– Brands/Retailers may use the European Flax® trademark and tools in their communication and marketing, by signing  the Terms of Use for Brands & Retailers and its Profile (links for download below), and by sending CELC each year a few copies of invoices evidencing the certified products (confidential information such as prices may be erased).

C – CONTACTS

YOUR CERTIFICATION CONTACTS/ BUREAU VERITAS NETWORK

BV FRANCE/EUROPE
– Isabelle PAULY Sales | isabelle.pauly@bureauveritas.com | +33 1 41 97 04 00

BV CHINA :
– Mr Xiangyun WANG  xiangyun.wang@bureauveritas.com | + 86 1801 7502 125

BV TAIWAN :
– Ms Mavis LIU mavis.liu@bureauveritas.com +886-922 762 662

BV VIETNAM :
– M. Dai TRAN phuong-dai.tran@bureauveritas.com +84 (28) 3 8122 196

BV INDIA :
– Mr Saurabh BAKLIWAL Manager Sales & Marketing | saurabh.bakliwal@in.bureauveritas.com | +91 22- 62742878
-Mr. Sanjay PATANKAR Certification coordinator | sanjay.patankar@inbureauveritas.com | +91 22 6274 2937

BV BANGLADESH:
– Mr Mukut K. BARUA Head-Business Industry and facilities | mukut.barua@in.bureauveritas.com | tel 00 880 2 8836739/8836765

BV JAPAN :
– Ms. Chieko SAKUMA | chieko.sakuma@jp.bureauveritas.com | +81 45 651 4770

BV INTERNATIONAL AND TECHNICAL COORDINATION:
– Yann-Olivier DE JOUVANCOURT Technical Manager | yann-olivier.de-jouvancourt@fr.bureauveritas.com | +33 1 41 97 09 14

Note: other geographic areas are managed by BV France with a local auditor.

YOUR CERTIFICATION CONTACTS/ FOR MASTERS OF LINEN® CERTIFIED COMPANIES:
European spinners, weavers and knitters eligible for Masters of Linen® may perform both certifications with CENTROCOT (IT) stefania.dalcorso@centrocot.it  or CENTEXEBL (BE) sst@centexbel.be .

 

YOUR INFORMATION & MARKETING CONTACT: CELC

– Julie VENARD Traceability and Certification Project Manager | julie.venard@europeanflax.com

– Ms. Marie DEMAEGDT Textile & Sustainability Manager | +33 1 42 21 06 83

 

D – TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

European Flax® General Summary European _European Flax®_Summary_English_Feb 2020 European Flax® Summary_ 什么是 EUROPEAN FLAX®认证 2019
European Flax® Traceability Chain The EUROPEAN FLAX traceability Chain 2.0 THE EUROPEAN FLAX TRACEABILITY CHAIN_欧洲亚麻®追溯链
European Flax® Standard EUROPEAN FLAX Standard V2.0 July 2019 European Flax 标准 2.0
European Flax® Certification process EUROPEAN FLAX Certification Process V2.0 October 2019 European Flax 认证过程描述 版本 2.0
European Flax® RFQ : Request For Quotation for Processors & Traders EUROPEAN FLAX(R)_RFQ Request for Quotation_2.0 EUROPEAN FLAX(R)_RFQ Request for Quotation_Candidature_译版V2.0
European Flax® Checklist for Processors European Flax Checklist for Processors 2.0 European Flax 生产商制造商加工商的检查表 2.0
European Flax® Checklist for Traders European Flax Checklist for Traders 2.0 针对贸易商的 European Flax 的检查表2.0
European Flax® Guidance : advice to prepare the audit EUROPEAN FLAX GUIDANCE Feb.2020
Terms of Use for Processors & Traders Word EUROPEAN FLAX ToU_P&T 2021 – Julie Venard Flax Terms of Use for Processors /Traders
For Brands & Retailers : Company Profile & Terms of Use Company Profile and Terms of Use for Brands & Retailers

 

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