Standards for seeds, tractors, forest, fruit and vegetables

Fruit and Vegetables


Through its Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables, OECD facilitates the adaptation of quality standards to present production, trade and marketing conditions, promotes uniform quality control procedures and disseminates quality assurance guidelines. Read more ...



Brochures on International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables

OECD is the main worldwide reference for the certification and standardisation of fruit and vegetables.

This series of brochures comprises explanatory notes and illustrations to facilitate the consistent interpretation of standards for fruit and vegetables.  Recent brochures feature broccoli, watermelons, onions, apples, citrus fruits, hazelnuts, asparagus and mangoes.

Peer Review of the Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection System in the Netherlands

The Dutch system for fruit and vegetables quality inspection involves the complete integration of phytosanitary and quality inspection systems and uses advanced electronic data management.

This integrated approach enhances the efficiency of the inspection system, lowers costs for companies and the inspection authorities, and serves as a useful model for other countries, according to this OECD review.



  • The Plenary Meeting of the OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme will be held on 8 and 9 December 2015 at the OECD Conference Centre and will be preceded by the Produce Working Group Meetings on 7 December.


Guidelines and rules

  • Guidelines on Objective Tests
    The OECD Guidelines brochure on objective tests to determine quality of fruit and vegetables, dry and dried produce describes those methods of objective testing of fruits that have emerged as beneficial to both Inspection Services, and the fruit industry in general in determining acceptable levels of ripeness and quality.

  • Guidelines on Training of Inspectors
    The OECD Guidelines brochure on training of inspectors on quality inspection is an international reference to the private and public Inspection Services. It helps them to establish a professional inspection team and facilitates the development of initial and annual education plan for quality inspectors.

  • Rules including OECD Council Recommendations


Further information


OECD Fruit and Vegetables Bureau
  • Chair: Mr. Jan Van de Wijnboom - Netherlands 
  • Vice Chair: Mr. Shawn Coetzee - South Africa
  • Vice Chair: Mr. Joseph Ngili Kigamwa - Kenya


Contact us

  Mr. Jose Brambila-Macias, Programme Manager, OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme

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