Currently, ITEA is an organization of more than 200 national, provincial and local organizations that represent tea growers around the world. The ITEA has made it a point to monitor changes to tea growing laws and trade practices all over the world and has made this information available to tea producers at all levels of production. It also provides support to the growers in meeting the standards and requirements set by ITO.
There are four levels of tea cultivation certification for the coming years which includes Green Tea Production Certification, Red Tea Production Certification, Green Tea Processing Certification and White Tea Production Certification. This will help ensure that there is uniformity across all levels.
All tea producers have to attend an exam for certification, as well as being accredited by the International Tea Institute, which represents many certification agencies. It is a requirement that all certified teas must be sold to customers by certified tea retailers. However, some producers are already selling tea with certified labels and without the necessary certification. This practice is prohibited by law.
When it comes to certification, ITEA has strict rules and regulations in place for certification standards. A minimum set of certifications is necessary to guarantee quality, but it is up to the tea producer to decide whether they wish to obtain a certification or not. It is important to note that the certification does not have a direct impact on the price of the tea, but rather, can play an important role in the quality and consistency of the final product.
In order to gain certification, teas must meet certain quality standards set by the International Tea Institute and the suppliers of the tea must meet the exact same quality standards. The certification itself cannot be an indication of the quality of the tea, but rather, it provides an assurance of quality to the consumer.
Tea plants must pass through the inspection process of a certified inspector to achieve certification. After the inspection, the inspector must evaluate the plant and produce a report on its condition. Once this report is approved by the inspectors, it is returned to the suppliers who can then either accept or reject the certification.
ITEA exam dates will be announced in the coming year, and the exact date will be published in the near future. The timetable for the exam dates may change during the course of time and in order to keep the schedules accurate and consistent for the entire process. The exact dates will be announced on the World Wide Web. Tea manufacturers will have to comply with the exam dates if they want to pass and will also be expected to participate in the certification program.
The ITEA exams will cover many different topics such as: general, production and processing standards, production quality, safety standards, quality control and packaging. Each topic is broken down into smaller subtopics so that all aspects of the production process will be covered. If one of the specific topics is not covered, there will be time to review that subject later in the exam.
There is no specific time that it takes to complete the examination. As long as the tea manufacturer is committed to getting the certification, the process should take at least a few months.
The process for obtaining the certification will differ from tea to tea. For teas that are not in production, the process may take a shorter period of time. While a small batch tea will likely be approved quickly, it may take longer for a large batch tea.
The process can take several months, but the certification of the teas is worth it as it will provide confidence in the quality of the tea. Consumers are more likely to pay more for certified teas, as they know that the tea is guaranteed to be of good quality. Certification of the tea means they know the tea is made according to the highest standards of the trade.