Guidance

Hops and hops products marketing standards

Marketing standards for hops producers, manufacturers, retailers and distributors.

Hops and hop products produced in Great Britain (GB)

Certification centres issue hops certificates for hops and hop products produced in GB (England, Scotland and Wales).

GB hops certification centres must remove all EU branding (including references to the EU and the EU emblem) from certificates. The form of the certificate and the process for getting a certificate has not changed.

The certification centre number must be pre-fixed with ‘GB’ instead of ‘UK’. You must update certificates and official stamps.

Wording on official stamps must include:

  • certified product – Regulation (EC) No 1850/2006
  • certifying officer signature
  • GB hops certificate centre number

Blends of hops and hop products

Only certified hops originating from GB or certified hops products prepared from certified hops originating from GB, can be blended in the manufacture of powder and extracts.

The certified hops or certified hops products must only be blended in the manufacture or powder or extracts if the hops or hops products are from:

  • the same harvest but are different varieties
  • the same harvest but are different hop production areas

The certificate accompanying the product must also state the:

  • hop varieties used
  • hop production areas
  • year of harvesting
  • percentage weight of each variety used in the blend
  • reference numbers of the certificates issued for the hops and hops products used

Instead of stating the percentage weight of each hop variety used in the blend, the certificate can state the percentage weight of each variety based on the quantity of cone hops used to prepare the hop products if:

  • hop products are manufactured using hop products and cone hops
  • different hop products are used

Importing hops and hop products from the EU to GB

Hops and hop products imported into GB from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 must be accompanied by one of the following documents:

  • EU Attestation of Equivalence (AoE) issued by an authorised agency listed in Annex I of EC Regulation 1295/2008
  • EU certificate from EU member states only, issued by an approved certification centre

All imports from a third country (non-EU country) will require a GB AoE from 1 July 2021.

The process for GB AoE requirements and listing will be published on GOV.UK in early 2021.

Importing hops and hop products from the EU to Northern Ireland (NI)

There is no change to the marketing standards requirements for importing hops from the EU to NI.

Moving hops and hop products from NI to GB

There is no change to the requirements for moving hops from NI to GB.

Exporting hops and hop products from GB to the EU

You must comply with EU third country (non-EU country) import requirements to export hops and hop products from GB to the EU.

You need to apply for an EU AoE from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The RPA is listed as the agency authorised to issue EU AoEs for hops and hop products of GB origin for the UK.

If you export GB hops or hop products from GB to the EU, you must ensure that each consignment has an RPA-issued EU AoE.

Under EU rules, you cannot re-export hops or hop products to the EU that have been imported to GB from both EU and non-EU countries.

Applying for an EU AoE

You must enrol with the RPA before you can apply for an EU AoE.

The RPA issues EU AoEs for consignments entering the EU or NI. See further information on applying for an EU AoE.

Labelling rules

If you export hops and hops products to the EU, you must include the following information on each unit of packaging:

  • description of the product
  • variety or varieties
  • country of origin
  • marks and numbers indicated in section 9 of the AoE or the extract

Exporting hops and hop products from NI to the EU

There is no change to the marketing standards requirements for exporting hops and hop products from NI to the EU.

Moving hops and hop products from GB to NI

Goods moving from GB into NI must meet the import requirements applied by EU marketing standards regulations.

You must ensure that each consignment moved from GB to NI has an RPA-issued EU AoE.

Under EU rules, you cannot move hops and hop products from GB to NI that have been imported into GB from both EU and non-EU countries.

Exporting hops and hop products from the UK to non-EU countries

There are no changes to the process of exporting hops and hop products from the UK directly to non-EU countries.

You must check the individual requirements of the country that you’re exporting to.

Exporting hops and hop products from the UK to non-EU countries via the EU

You must check the import requirements of the country you’re exporting hops and hop products to.

Hop and hop product consignments of GB origin need an AoE and to comply with requirements requested by the country if they:

If you need help

Contact defrahorticulture@defra.gov.uk if you have any queries. You’ll receive a response within 5 working days.

Published 31 December 2020