Rs 910.16 Order Of 23 October 2013 On The Promotion Of Quality And Sustainability In The Food Industry (Oquadu)

Original Language Title: RS 910.16 Ordonnance du 23 octobre 2013 sur la promotion de la qualité et de la durabilité dans le secteur agroalimentaire (OQuaDu)

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910.16 order on the promotion of quality and sustainability in the food industry (OQuaDu) on October 23, 2013 (Status January 1, 2014) the federal Council Swiss, view the art. 11, al. 4, and 177, al. 1, of the law of 29 April 1998 on agriculture (LAgr), stop: art. 1 measures of financial assistance financial assistance may be granted for: a. the elaboration, development and implementation of standards of production generating added value in terms of quality and sustainability in the food industry (production standards); (b) the development and the implementation of innovative projects aiming at improving quality and sustainability in the food industry (innovative projects).

Financial aid may be granted: a. the responsible body for preliminary studies and the start-up phase; (b) to the producer for his participation.

The financial aid is granted for a limited period.

Art. 2 measures receiving financial support are not entitled to assistance: a. examination of the quality of agricultural products and the products of their processing; (b) measures already receiving support under other acts c. specific measures to companies or other measures which may lead to a distortion of competition; d. measures that serve first place the monopolisation of some market or other benefits restrictions of competition, in particular the variety Club and franchise systems.

Art. 3 General requirements measures must meet the following requirements: a. they focus on the needs of the market; (b) they are based on the objectives of the quality strategy of the Swiss agri-food sector, in accordance with art. 2, al. 3, LAgr; c. they are intended to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swiss agri-food sector or the sector concerned by the measures taken long term; d. are made collectively by the different actors of the concerned value-added chain; e. they exert a positive effect on long-term sales of agricultural products Swiss, on access to the market or on the production price; f. they benefit primarily to agriculture.

Art. 4 specific requirements in addition to the conditions of art production standards. 3, standards of production must meet the following requirements: a. they respond to a request from consumers; (b) they impose on products or the production process of requirements exceeding unquestionably and largely legal requirements in terms of quality or durability; c. they are clearly described and include a description of control procedures and If any, assignment of the right of use of the mark of conformity; d. they can be accredited pursuant to the order of June 17, 1996 on accreditation and designation; e. they provide for a process of improvement and constant optimization of the production standard.

The development of a standard of existing production may be the subject of support, provided that it is relevant at the national level and would improve significantly in one step profile of benefits in the field of quality and sustainability.

SR 946.512 art. 5 particular requirements for innovative projects in addition to the requirements of art. 3, innovative projects must meet the following requirements: a. they model for the concerned industry; b. they present an approach the future from the point of view of marketing, of the form of organization or the type of partnership c. they establish indicators and performance targets in the field of sustainability and quality; d. they demonstrate that they have no adverse effect on other aspects of sustainability or the quality.

Art. 6 body responsible for the measures are collective when they are supported by associations bringing together producers, processors of their products or those who market them and, where appropriate, groups of consumers (agencies). Agencies can be of unions.

Art. 7 costs are attributable expenditures actually incurred under sustained and measures required for the proper implementation of these measures.
Including chargeable: a. the costs of the preliminary study, access and participation in a measure; (b) the introduction on the market, with the exception of the product development; c. costs of the first assessment or of the first control; d. annual costs of control and certification for the maximum duration of funding according to art. 8. do not include attributable: a. the structure, organization and administration costs incurred by agencies; b. Members contributions to third parties; c. infrastructure costs; d. costs which mature in different participating companies for the individual implementation of the measure.

Art. 8 amount and duration financial assistance financial assistance amounts to more than 50% of the costs. It may exceed the actual annual overdraft for sustained action.
Financial aid for a preliminary study is of more than 20,000 francs by measure.
Initial support is limited to four years per measure and must be designed so that it can be replaced by self-financing at the end of the start-up phase.
Financial assistance for participation in the development of a standard of production or an innovative project is limited to four years by company and by measure.

Art. 9 requests the application must be made by a responsible body within the meaning of art. 6. it shall include: a. a description of the project, including the objectives and the partial objectives, the target group, stages of implementation as well as skills and responsibilities of agencies; b. a budget and a financing plan; c. a concept of control results; (d) proof that the requirements and conditions within the meaning of this order are met; e. the documents certifying self-financing is provided and a statement of reasons the measure is not feasible without financial support; f. a description of the way in which agencies intend to insure continuity of the measure during the duration of the project; g. the demonstration that the conditions organizational and staff gathered to the measurement provided; ETH. a business plan initial assistance.

Applications concerning the start-up phase and participation must be filed with the federal Office for agriculture (FOAG) on 31 May of the year preceding the implementation.

Art. 10 review of the application and financial aid the FOAG decision reviews the applications and makes a decision on the grant of financial aid.
The FOAG fixed the terms of payment on a case by case basis.
The final amount aid is fixed at the end of the review of the final count.
The FOAG can call on experts for the review of applications.

Art. 11 debriefing and evaluation agencies periodically prepare a report in accordance with the instructions of the FOAG. This report includes an assessment of the achievement of the objectives on the basis of the concept of control of the objectives of results specific to each project and a description of the resulting control measures.
Agencies are also developing a final report at the conclusion of each stage of support. The results must be presented so that interested parties can evaluate and use; It should also indicate to what extent the objectives set out in the implementation plan have been achieved.

Art. 12 payment payment of financial aid to producers participating in the development of production standards and innovative projects may be delegated to the cantons.

Art. 13 transitional measures supported by the FOAG under art. 11 LAgr in its old version, but who do not meet the conditions of this order, can be supported at least until the end of 2014.
For the year 2014 financial aid applications must be filed no later than March 31, 2014.

RO 1998 3033, 2003 4217 art. 14 entry into force this order comes into force on January 1, 2014.

RO 2013 3879 RS 910.1 State on January 1, 2014