Article 3 of the regulation allows Member States to issue "derogations" to use non-organic ingredients in organic products.
There is a charge for the assessment of ingredient derogation applications and the production of ingredient derogations. Please see the application form for payment details.
For Defra to issue a derogation under Reg 207/93, the ingredient an applicant applies for permission to use must be one of the following:
- a single agricultural product, or product derived from it by appropriate washing, cleaning, thermic and/or mechanical processes and /or by physical processes having the effect of reducing the moisture content of the product.
- products derived from the products mentioned at (1) by other processes used in food processing, unless these products are considered food additives or flavourings.
If you are unclear whether your ingredient conforms to this please speak to your Certification Body or Defra.
If Defra is satisfied with the information provided, a derogation will be issued. This derogation will last for three months initially. If an organic source of the ingredient cannot be found within that time, processors may apply for a seven month extension. This extension should be applied for in the same way as detailed above.