Mezcal is protected as an "Appellation of Origin" similar to special European products of origin such as wine and cheese, known as "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" in France, where the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) certify that the production process is carried out following certain rules and only using ingredients from those very specific places. Additionally, the Official Mexican Standard (Norma Oficial Mexicana) acts as a form of support in the process of certification, verification and monitoring of mezcal. Furthermore, Scorpion Silver Mezcal and Scorpion Reposado Mezcal are fully certified by COMERCAM (Consejo Mexicano Regulador de la Calidad del Mezcal), the mezcal industry watchdog, guarenteeing the highest possible standards of quality control. COMERCAM is, in turn, accredited by EMA (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación, A.C.), the first ever privately managed certification agency in Mexico.
On February 10th, 2005, the final printing of the law went into effect. Since then, no uncertified mezcal may be made, and shipments or sales of such mezcal became illegal. The law meant to prove that any product labeled "100% Agave" means just that - no additives or other sugars will be allowed. This regulatory action was an official move to clean out the marketplace of adulterated and inferior liquor posing as tequila and mezcal.
Official Mexican Standard.
Mexican Regulatory Council for Quality Mezcal.
(Douglas French is the Mezcal Producers Spokesman)
Mexican Accreditation Agency.