Standards

 

Make your choice!

A confusing number of organic standards make orientation of organic operators quite difficult. The choice of the most appropriate organic certification standard depends mainly on the final market of the organic product. The most important import countries for organic products and an increasing number of production countries have regulated the organic markets, i.e. a product must be certified according to the applicable regulation in order to be marketed as "organic":

The most important regulated markets are:

  • The European Union with its regulation on organic production: Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 (former EU Regulation 2092/91); Commission Regulation (EC) 889/2008, Commission Regulation (EC) 1235/2008;

    download or look on-line version: 834/2007, 889/2008, 1235/2008

  • The US organic market with its National Organic Program (NOP);

    visit official web-site

  • The Japanese organic market with its JAS Standard;

    download or visit oficial web-site

  • Switzerland, Israel, Argentina, Australia have set up organic regulations that are considered equivalent to the Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007;
  • More and more countries world-wide set up their own local organic regulations or standards.

For non-EU countries Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries are applied. You can download it here

Dear producers! Please, be aware that the Ukrainian Law “About production and trade of organic agricultural products and far materials» №425-VІІ came into force on the 3rd of September, 2014. For now, there is an on-going process of development of all necessary secondary legislation. You can become familiar with an updated version of the Law in Ukrainian here

One of the important sections defined by law is certification system of organic production as well as state supervision and control  of Certification Bodies. More information you can see here

Additionally there is a wide range of private organic label standards, mostly owned by farmers associations. Depending on the country of marketing, a private organic label may be very important because consumers only trust "their" label.

Examples for important private organic labels:

Normally each operator in the production chain (farmer, processor, trader, etc.) must be inspected and certified each year.