Standards

Make your choice!

A confusing number of organic standards very frequently disorientate organic operators. The choice of the most appropriate organic certification standard depends mainly on the final market of the organic product. The most important import countries for organic products and an increasing number of production countries have regulated the organic markets, i.e., a product must be certified according to the applicable regulation in order to be marketed as "organic":

The most important regulated markets are:

  • The European Union with its regulation on organic production: Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 (former EU Regulation 2092/91); Commission Regulation (EC) 889/2008, Commission Regulation (EC) 1235/2008;

    download or look on-line version: 834/2007, 889/2008, 1235/2008

  • Canada and US organic market with its Canada Organic Regime (COR);

    visit official web-site

  • The US organic market with its National Organic Program (NOP);

    visit official web-site

  • Switzerland, Israel, Argentina, Australia have set up organic regulations that are considered equivalent to the Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007;
  • More and more countries worldwide set up their own local organic regulations or standards.

For non-EU countries Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries are applied. You can download it here

Dear producers! Please, be aware that the Ukrainian Law "On the Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation, and Labeling of Organic Products" was adopted on July 10, 2018, and will come into force on the 2nd of August, 2019. This law defines the basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the principles of legal regulation of organic production, the circulation of organic products and the functioning of the organic products market, legal framework for the activities of central executive authorities, organic market players, and the areas of state policy in these areas. You can learn more about the Law by clicking on this link.

Additionally, there is a wide range of private organic label standards, mostly owned by farmers associations. Depending on the country of marketing, a private organic label may be very important because consumers only trust "their" label.

Examples for important private organic labels:

Normally each operator in the production chain (farmer, processor, trader, etc.) must be inspected and certified each year.