Regulations Governing Awards to Informants Reporting Violations
against the Organic Agriculture Promotion Act
1. Full text of 10 articles was promulgated by the Council of
Agriculture on May 9, 2019 per Order Nung-Liang-Tze
1081069051A, and was set to be effective on May 30, 2019.
These Regulations are established in accordance with paragraph 2
of Article 26 of Organic Agriculture Promotion Act (hereinafter
referred to as the Act).
Once the violation report of the Act proves to be true after an
investigation by the competent authority and the administrative
disposition or fines of the violation report is imposed, the
informants shall be rewarded according to these regulations.
The reward described in the previous paragraph may be medal,
prize, certificate or money. And the rewarding money may only be
granted if the reported violation is determined to be fined in
accordance with Article 27 to 29 of the Act.
The competent authority shall set up the Act violations report
email, private telephone line, fax, or website of the authority
to accept violation report.
An informant may report the Act violations to the competent
authority by means of written communications, oral
communications, telephone number, fax number, email or other
available media. The report shall include the following
1. The informant’s name and contact means.
2. The violator’s name, the name of the business and address.
3. The specifics of the violation, including the acts of
violation, location, relevant information.
The government agency that receives a violation report through
oral communication shall produce a written record.
According to paragraph 2 of Article 2, the reward given by the
competent authority to the informant shall not be less than 20
percent of the amount of the fine that the violator is subject
When rewarding the informant, the competent authority shall
require the informant to provide relevant documents that can
provide proof of the identification.
When two or more people jointly file individual reports for the
same violation, the rewarding money is to be equally distributed
to all informants; when two or more people file individual
reports for the same violation, the informant who files first
receives the reward.
When it is impossible to identify the chronological order of
the reports, the reward is to be equally distributed to all
No reward will be granted for the following reports:
1. The report is made anonymously or a forged name by the
2. The report does not contain specifics of a violation or does
not reflect the specifics of a violation.
3. The competent authorities or the certification body are
already aware of or have processed the violation before the
filing of the report.
The competent authority shall be strictly confidential to
information of informants and appropriately store the relevant
The competent authority may, ex officio or upon an application
filed by an informant, ask the police authorities for the
protection of the informant when deeming it as necessary.
The competent authority shall take reference of the amount of
fine on violations of the Act from the previous year to allocate
annual budget to pay out the rewarding money.
These Regulations shall enter into force on May 30, 2019.