Guidance notes for importers of organic products from third countries into the European Union

Guidance for importers of organic products according to Council Regulation (EC) No. 2092/91 (as amended) from third countries into the EU.

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OB13 - Notes for guidance intended for importers of organic products according to Council Regulation (EC) No. 2092/91 (as amended) from third countries into the European Union

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All produce from third countries labelled as organic must conform to strict rules which cover all stages of production and processing. In the European Union (EU), the basic rules governing organic production, processing and import are laid down in Council Regulation (EC) 2092/91 as amended.

  • Organic products from within the EC can be circulated freely in all EU Member States, provided they are produced, processed or exported in conformity with Regulation (EC) 2092/91 as amended
  • The European Commission has recognised that a number of third countries operate production rules and inspection systems which are equivalent to those operating within the EU. These countries and products are listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) 94/92 as amended. Approved products from these countries, provided they have been inspected and certified by one of the approved inspection bodies, may be brought freely into the EU and marketed as organic
  • Products from all other third countries can be brought in to the EC and labelled as organic, provided prior authorisation of your competent authority according to article 11 (6) of Regulation 2092/91 has been obtained. In the UK, the competent authority is Defra.
Published 30 March 2011