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Modern Management Review (dawna nazwa: Zarządzanie i Marketing)

Modern Management Review
(dawna nazwa: Zarządzanie i Marketing)
22 (4/2015), DOI: 10.7862/rz.2015.mmr.60

THE APPLICATION OF THE AHP RISK-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT IN CERTIFICATION OF ORGANIC FARMING

Anna PRUSAK, Piotr KAFEL, Piotr STEFANÓW, Jacek STROJNY, Monica GARCIA-MELON
Submitted by: Paweł Perz

DOI: 10.7862/rz.2015.mmr.60

Abstract

The objective of the research is to develop the risk-benefit assessment models based on the
Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and test them in certification of organic products. The ISO
Guide 65 /EN 45011 standard and Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 oblige the certification
bodies to conduct risk assessment during certification process. However, no specific methodology
of risk assessment has been provided in this respect. The AHP decomposes a complex problem
into a hierarchy involving goal, criteria, and decision variants. Two hierarchical models, risk and
benefit, were constructed based on the relevant publications and consultations with the key experts
from one of the nine Polish third party certification bodies (CB), with experience in certification
of organic products. Both models have the same decision variants considered in the process
of surveillance. The results show that parallel production of conventional products and production
of the same goods in organic and conventional versions appeared to be the major risk factors in
organic farming. In benefit model, increased trust to certified products and minimization of costs
of improper decisions were the most important. The AHP-based models proved very useful in
risk-benefit assessment of organic producers and demonstrated a new approach to risk assessment.
However, several conditions must be fulfilled before their implementation in practice, such
as adjustment to individual needs of a certification body and refinement of the quality management
system.

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About this Article

TITLE:
THE APPLICATION OF THE AHP RISK-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT IN CERTIFICATION OF ORGANIC FARMING

AUTHORS:
Anna PRUSAK (1)
Piotr KAFEL (2)
Piotr STEFANÓW (3)
Jacek STROJNY (4)
Monica GARCIA-MELON (5)

AUTHORS AFFILIATIONS:
(1) Department of Quality Management, Krakow University of Economics, Kraków, Poland
(2) Department of Quality Management, Krakow University of Economics, Kraków, Poland
(3) Department of Statistics and Demography, A.F. Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow,
Poland
(4) Department of Economics, Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszow, Poland
(5) Department of Projects Engineering, Universitat Polictecnica de Valencia

SUBMITTED BY:
Paweł Perz

JOURNAL:
Modern Management Review
22 (4/2015)

KEY WORDS AND PHRASES:
AHP, certification, risk-benefit analysis, risk assessment, organic farming, third party certification

FULL TEXT:
http://doi.prz.edu.pl/pl/pdf/zim/212

DOI:
10.7862/rz.2015.mmr.60

URL:
http://dx.doi.org/10.7862/rz.2015.mmr.60

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