The aim of IOF - International Olive Foundation is to PROTECT THE INTERNATIONAL EXTRA VIRGIN STANDARD FOR OLIVE OIL.
In 2016, the law bringing us the "EXTRA VIRGIN" standard was celebrating its 50th birthday (regulation No 136/66/EEC of the Council of 22 September 1966). Unfortunately, as we all know, many of the olive oils that consumers buy today are far away from "EXTRA VIRGIN" - although they are labelled as such. Until today there is not any will from the responsible food polices all around the world to take appropriate legal measures to stop often found fraudulent market activities.
Thus it appears that the existence of an independet organisation which rules the olive oil branch on private basis is strictly necessary. IOF has been founded to protect the quality standard "Extra Virgin" (EU; Codex Alimentarius; Switzerland etc.) as well as the consumers of olive oil. Referring to this IOF has established together with an interdisciplinary team of highly respected olive oil experts an incomparable examination procedure to identify olive oils of real extra virgin quality.
IOF – International Olive Foundation promises that it does all possible to reach its goals rapidly and sustainably. IOF – International Olive Foundation acts as a worldwide organisation. The protection of consumers is never negotiable. The foundation drives awareness campaigns for every party of stakeholders – consumers, traders and authorities. The requirements to obtain the IOF Quality Seal for real extra virgin olive oils will never become less restrictive. The independency of IOF – International Olive Foundation is never negotiable. Strict codes of ethics and conduct are the basic of the foundation’s work. The registered office of IOF – International Olive Foundation will forever remain in Switzerland to guarantee independency from the olive oil industry. The foundation is being controlled through Swiss Authorities. The foundation will forever remain a non-profit organisation.
The board of IOF - International Olive Foundation consists of worldwide recognised experts such as official olive oil tasters, olive oil panel leaders, olive oil chemists and olive oil quality consultants as well as of international lawyers, mediators and interpreters.
To accomplish IOF's target IOF relies upon donations. Please donate the amount which suits best for you. No matter whether you are a company or a private person. You will get a sponsor's certificate from IOF - International Olive Foundation.