Dutch greenhouse manufacturers, equipment specialists and other suppliers work to high standards of quality and are continuously innovating in the areas of quality, productivity and efficiency. This results in top-class greenhouses and production systems that are in high demand worldwide. Greenhouses are rapidly advancing at a global level, in terms of both size and system complexity. Developments related to energy, heat storage, robotics and climate technology are creating the need for a more transparent quality system. HortiQ provides a guarantee that a new greenhouse and its systems have been designed and built in line with objective standards.
A new greenhouse must meet high quality demands, and HortiQ certification proves that the greenhouse complies with the necessary requirements. For growers/investors, therefore, the certificate represents certainty, while for (technical) installation companies the certificate not only enables them to demonstrate their professional expertise, but also helps them to work more efficiently. For both parties, HortiQ is a guarantee that clear procedures and criteria have been defined and adhered to. Thanks to the objective criteria for water and heating, all stakeholders know what they can expect.
INDEPENDENT & OBJECTIVE
HortiQ is an initiative of AVAG, the primary organisation where Dutch companies collaborate on integrated growing systems, components and associated services. The HortiQ certificate is an independent and objective quality system for greenhouse manufacturers, installation companies and other suppliers of equipment to the greenhouse sector. In order to be allowed to use the certificate, the suppliers’ products as well as their internal organisation, including their quality policy, must meet predefined criteria.
A greenhouse or greenhouse equipment with a HortiQ certificate meets the standards defined jointly by manufacturers and suppliers of greenhouses and greenhouse equipment, knowledge institutes and insurance companies. All standards are verifiable. The certification is verified by the internationally recognised certification body KIWA/Gastec. The outcome of the assessment remains valid for three years.