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UK Organic Certifiers Recognised by the EU

03 Dec 2020 12:16 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

The UK's six organic certification bodies will be recognised by the EU for 12 months following the end of the Brexit transition period, it has been announced.  Members of the European Commission have given their approval in recognising the UK's organic certification standards.

Unless equivalency between the UK and EU is established via a Trade Deal before the end of 2020, acceptance of organic products from GB will be on the basis of individual approval of UK certifiers under European Commission (EC) regulation EC1235/2008. All UK certifiers now have this approval. 

All operators along the UK supply chain will need to be issued certification by a certifier who holds approval under EC1235/2008 for the relevant product category. Although the majority of certifiers are approved until the end of 2021, Soil Association Certification approval is valid until the end of 2023.

From 1st January 2021, the UK is expected to work to an organic regulation based on the current EU organic regulation (EC834/2007). Although the EU will move to a new EU Organic Regulation in 2022 (EC848/2018) it is anticipated that UK certifiers will continue to apply the existing EU regulation (EC834/2007) for minimum of three years.

Source - Soil Association:

Food & Drink Exporters Association
PO Box 117
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7  9AY

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