About us

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The Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV) was set up by the government of Québec on November 6, 2006, pursuant to the Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims (L.R.Q., chapitre A-20.03). The object of this Act is to protect the authenticity of products and of terms used to identify and promote them, through product certification based on origins or on special characteristics associated with a production method or specificity.

Who we are

The Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV) was set up by the Government of Québec on November 6, 2006, pursuant to the Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims (L.R.Q., chapitre A-20.03). The object of this Act is to protect the authenticity of products and of terms used to identify and promote them, through product certification based on origins or on special characteristics associated with a production method or specificity.

Effective January 1, 2008 the CARTV was granted jurisdiction over agriculture and food products bearing a reserved designation and sold on Québec territory.

By virtue of the powers conferred upon it, CARTV acts as a competent authority on behalf of the Quebec's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as to:

  1. Accredit bodies that comply with the applicable accreditation manual as certification bodies;
  2. Advise the Minister on the recognition of reserved designations;
  3. Monitor the use of recognized reserved designations.

In order to both carry out its duties from its responsibilities and offer corresponding services, the CARTV conducts the following programs:

  • Reference Manual Establishment;
  • Reserved Designation Recognition and Maintenance;
  • Certifying Bodies' Accreditation;
  • Supervision of the Use of Reserved Designations;
  • Public and Industry Information.

The CARTV fulfill its role in accordance with the provisions of the Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims that has fully come into force at that date.

CARTV's Mission

To develop and maintain the recognition, certification, inspection and information systems that allow groups of agri-food entreprises to use a designation for products distinguished by their origin or quality as well as to ensure the integrity of these products in order to gain the confidence of those who consume them.

Structure

The Board is a corporation that is deemed a public organization within the meaning of the Act. As a legal person, it is registered as a public authority with Québec’s Inspector General of Financial Institutions, registration number 8831858657. The corporation’s head office is located in Québec City. The organization’s main business office is in the city of Montréal.

The organization’s decision-making authority consists of a Board, assisted in its work by several committees such as the Organic Standards Committee, the Territorial Designations Committee, the Specificity Designations Committee, the different Committees for reserved deisgnations, the Accreditation Committee and the Supervision Committee. The operation of the CARTV’s body is governed by internal by-laws (in French only). All the members of the Board, of the technical committees and of the personnel are subjected to a code of ethics and deontology (in French only).

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