Trade mark number: 
At the time of filing, this trade mark was owned by Bureau National interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) of 23 Allées Bernard Guionnet BP 18 Cognac Cedex 16100, France. BNIC was recognised as the ODG (Organismes de défense et de gestion) for the Cognac AOC on 22 December 2010.

The rules governing the use of this registration certify that:

  • The goods entitled to the Cognac AOC must be produced from wine made with specific grape varieties in plots situated within the designated geographical area.
  • The goods should be produced, processed and prepared in accordance with local longstanding and traditionally followed production methods.
  • For certification requirements, producers of Cognac are required to submit an annual declaration of utilisation, make a declaration of claims, keep a register recording the distillation of wine spirits for inspection at any time and use relevant evaluation methods.
  • Certifiers involved in the production, processing, or preparation of a product eligible for a quality label must be certified as being fit to produce it (i.e. having access to the means of production necessary to comply with the product specification).
  • Certifiers in the Cognac industry are required to submit an identification form if they start a new activity or modify existing activities, to the Cognac ODG. Failure to do so will prohibit them from designating their production under the Cognac AOC.
  • Under their control plan, BNIC, acting as the Cognac ODG, is entitled to monitor compliance with the Cognac GI product specification.
  • Noncompliance issues are forwarded to CERTIPAQ (an independent and impartial control entity) who may conduct a further evaluation assessment. Any decision can be appealed to the courts.
Certification rules: 
1914159_rules.pdf PDF in PDF format [1.66 MB]