The new EU organic regulation

Since 1991 organic farming and production has been regulated at EU. Nowadays the European requirements for organic production are set by Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 which is defining the aims, objectives and principles of organic farming and production. This regulation is accompanied by two implementing regulations (No 889/2008 and No 1235/2008) specifying the organic production, labelling, control and import rules. All products labelled as organic and sold in the EU must be produced in accordance with these regulations.

The EU Commission is continually working on updating the implementing regulations. In terms of production, the key updates to the implementing rules issued so far concern organic yeast (No 1254/2008), organic aquaculture (No 710/2009) and organic wine (No 203/2012).  While in terms of import rules, the agreement on equivalence between the EU and US organic standards (No 126/2012) is also of importance.

This set of rules will change in the short term. On 24 March 2014, the EU Commission published a proposal for a new organic regulation. After being discussed by the EU Parliament and Council, on 14 June 2018 the new regulation was published on the EU Official Journal. It will apply from 1 January 2021.

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