Certification system

Clear legal criteria to be allowed to carry label ‘organic’

All products in the EU have to meet strict criteria to be allowed to be labelled organic. Organic food is grown and processed according to EU regulations on organic food and farming. It is controlled by a unique certification system to make sure that it meets these requirements. An European certification is mandatory since July 2010, while on the label, all organic products must show which ingredients are organic, and which are not
Organic food is controlled by a unique certification system that ensures it meets these requirements. Since 2012, all organic food produced in the EU must carry the EU organic logo, thereby replacing national logos to indicate that the product meets the EU organic requirements.

Prospective organic producers must first apply to an inspection body in their home market in order to become certified. These inspection bodies must in turn be accredited by a national accreditation body, such as the Dutch Skal, the French Agence BIO or the British Soil Association.

Certifiers are accredited at least once a year, and are wholly responsible for ensuring that products conform to organic regulations throughout the supply chain.