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28.01.2021:

BREXIT: Trade with organic products from 01.01.2021

Export of organic goods from the EU to the UK:

 

The following information was provided by the European Commission to the member states:

The UK has confirmed that it will recognize the EU as equivalent in terms of trade in organic products until December 31, 2021. In addition, the requirement that EU organic products must be accompanied by a British certificate of inspection when imported into the UK will be withdrawn until June 30, 2021.

The corresponding UK regulation will come into force on December 31, 2020.

 

In addition, the following guidelines can be found in the appendix:

– FAQ Importing into GB

– Step by step guidance for GB imports from third countries

– GB Certificate of Inspection

 

Import of organic goods from the UK into the EU:

The publication of an amendment regulation to VO 1235/2008 that has already been adopted will be published soon. This lists 5 inspection bodies that will be approved in the UK to carry out inspections and certification in accordance with Article 33 (3) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. These are: Biodynamic Association Certification, Organic Farmers & Growers C.I.C, Organic Farmers & Growers (Scotland) Ltd, Organic Food Federation, Quality Welsh Food Certification Ltd and Soil Association Certification Limited.

 

The original provisions can be found in following links – UK has provided a list of the published “Statutory Instruments”:

 

2019:

The Organic Production and Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – made on 26 March 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/693/contents/made

The Organic Production (Control of Imports) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – made on 26 March 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/692/contents/made

The Organic Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) 2019 – made on 22 January 2019https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/109/contents/made

The Agriculture (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 – made on 4 April 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/831/introduction/made

 

2020:

The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020) corrects The Organic Productions (Control of Imports) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213317/regulation/5

The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020) corrects The Agriculture (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 –https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213386/regulation/12

The Organic Products (Production and Control) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 which corrects The Organic Production and Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Organic Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) 2019–  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213492/contents

In addition, the UK has published guidelines for the marketing and labelling of organic products as of 01/01/2021: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trading-and-labelling-organic-food-from-1-january-2021

Surprisingly, the UK and EU agreed on a trade deal shortly before the end of 2020. This also includes the trade in organic products and replaces the information that was published on January 5th, 2021.

 

Full mutual recognition of the following products is agreed in the new trade agreement:

All certificates issued by EU inspection bodies in accordance with the EU Organic Regulation are recognized in the UK, all certificates issued by UK inspection bodies in accordance with UK organic regulations are recognized in the EU.

With regard to the new EU Organic Regulation, equivalence will be reassessed by the end of 2023.

The full trade agreement can be found under this LINK, starting on page 577 you can read the provisions on organic trade.

 

The Austria Bio Garantie team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have!

 

29.10.2020:

UK exit from EU / organic production

Notice – to stakeholders – Brexit –organic – products

29.10.2020:

Start of application / implementation of the new Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production from 01.01.2022

On September 4th, 2020, the European Commission, on the basis of its right of initiative, submitted a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council to amend Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production regarding its date of application and certain other dates specified in that Regulation (see: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?qid=1603140161904&uri=CELEX%3A52020PC0483).

Under the ordinary legislative procedure, on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament voted in favour of the proposal at first reading and the position was unanimously confirmed by the Council (Agriculture and Fisheries). Following this agreement, the act is deemed to be adopted. The regulation will enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Detailed information will be made available in due time.

07.01.2020:
Biofach 2020

Dear ladies and gentleman’s!

Also this year you can find us at the Biofach in hall 1, booth 585.

Especially we would like to invite you to an aperitif on 13 February at 4 p.m.!

01.01.2020:
ATTENTION – EXTENSION OF CHANGES FOR ORGANIC IMPORTS

ATTENTION – EXTENSION OF THE CHANGES FOR ORGANIC IMPORTS from certain countries from 1.1.2020 and additional new countries

The extension is valid for the period 1.1.2020 – 31.12.2020 and concerns as before the following countries: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and MOLDOVA.

Additionally corresponding guidelines have been issued for CHINA for the same period and the same product groups. In the case of China, the guidelines also apply to goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) and their derived products.

For organic imports from the above mentioned countries, additional inspections must be carried out.

If the products concerned from the above mentioned countries are first registered in Austria for release for free circulation in the Community, the competent authorities, together with the inspection bodies, will carry out an inspection according to the guidelines at the expense of the importer. Products may not be marketed as organic products until they have been released by the competent authority.

If you receive goods as the first consignee and from another importer, the goods may also only be placed on the market when the relevant inspection documents are available.

If you have any questions, please contact the responsible authority for your country

For the relevant guidelines click here:

Guidelines AddOffCtrl China 2020 final
Guidelines AddOffCtrl Ukraine Kazakhstan Moldova and Russian Federation 2020 final

 

27.06.2019:
Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta come together under the roof of EASY-CERT group

Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta, the two leading organic inspection bodies in Austria and Switzerland respectively, came under one roof in organisational terms as of 7 June 2019. The two companies’ owners fully integrated the companies into the new EASY-CERT group AG of which they are now joint owners with equal rights. In their home countries, Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta will continue to operate as autonomous organisations.

Here you can find a detailled press release:

>>Press release<<

>>Press release in German<<

Group photo from 7 of June