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.