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Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Certifications

EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard

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The Agricultural Cooperative of Thrapsano has been certified by TUV AUSTRIA for the establishment and implementation of EN ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses. It

  • applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies
  • prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met
  • is designed and intended to apply to virtually any product or service, made by any process anywhere in the world

HACCP 22000:2005 Food safety management systems

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The Agricultural Cooperative of Thrapsano certified by TUV AUSTRIA, the establishment and implementation of HACCP system.

(Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and pharmaceutical safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection.

HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so that key actions, known as Critical Control Points (CCPs) can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of the hazards being realized.

The system is used at all stages of food production and preparation processes including packaging, distribution, etc.


Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

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protected designation of origin

Extra virgin olive oil Thrapsano bear the European Union Certificate of Origin P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin).

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), are geographical indication, or more precisely regime, within the Protected Geographical Status (PGS) framework defined in European Union law to protect the names of regional foods.

The law (enforced within the EU and being gradually expanded internationally via bilateral agreements of the EU with non-EU countries) ensures that only products genuinely originating in that region are allowed in commerce as such.

The legislation came into force in 1992. The purpose of the law is to protect the reputation of the regional foods and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavour .

These laws protect the names of wines, cheeses, hams, sausages, olives, beers, Balsamic vinegar and even regional breads, fruits, raw meats and vegetables.

Here is the Certificate in brief (source WIPO):


Geographical Indications (Olive Oil Thrapsano), Ministerial Decision, 23/08/1993, No. 379577

Date of Text (Enacted): August 23, 1993

Date of entry into force of original text: September 1, 1993

Type of Text: Main IP Laws (enacted by the Legislature)

Subject Matter: Geographical Indications

Available Texts:

English: Ministerial Decision No. 379577

French: Décision ministérielle n° 379577

Greek: 379577

Spanish: Decisión Ministerial N° 379577


Notification states:

"The Decision concerns the protection of designations of origin of Olive Oil "THRAPSANO HERAKLION CRETE"."

"La décision concerne la protection de l'A.O. de l'huile d'olive "THRAPSANO HERAKLION CRETE"."

"Concerniente a la protección de la D.O. del aceite de oliva "THRAPSANO HERAKLION CRETE"."