BOPP inspections body, NSF Certification UK, has been accredited by the UK Accreditation Service.
The move recognises the independence and consistency of inspections to the BOPP standards and follows NSF's appointment by BOPP as its certification body in November 2012 to conduct audits to the BOPP standards.
The BOPP certification scheme, a specialist group of the HTA, sets standards of professionalism in how plants, flowers and growing media are produced and delivered to customers. The aim of the scheme is to raise the standards of ornamental horticulture in the UK.
BOPP chair Rebecca Grant said: "Working with a certification body like NSF Certification that is UKAS accredited is very important to BOPP’s strategy of raising standards in the ornamentals industry. It ensures that inspections carried out to our standards are of a consistently high quality and our members can be confident that they are being evaluated in a fair way.
"The independence and credibility that this accreditation provides is essential to our scheme as we continue to promote the scheme to UK retailers, as well as potential new users."
BOPP scheme manager Anna Cook said: "The BOPP Management Committee is keen for BOPP to continue to be recognised as the best practice standard for the industry. In order to do this we must continue to review industry developments, research findings and changes in technology.
"BOPP is in the process of updating its standards, which will be launched in 2014. Part of this process includes benchmarking our standards to other internationally recognised standards, such as GLOBALG.A.P. We acknowledge there are numerous standards available and we are keen to assist our members with meeting their customer’s certification requirements in the most cost effective way possible."