UE Organic Farming (Regulation (EC) No. 834/07)  certifies agricultural products, processed agri-food products, feed and pet food, aquaculture products, algae and microalgae (spirulina), yeasts. It guarantees the conformity of organic production in all stages of the production chain, from farm to table, in compliance with European Union regulations (Regulation (EC) No. 834/07 and (EC) No. 889/08)

What it is certified

The European Commission has recognised that the organic production standards and control systems adopted by some Third Countries are equivalent to those in force within the EU. The Countries that currently have a recognised national control system equivalent to that of the EU are Israel, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Argentina, India, Tunisia, Japan, Canada, USA, South Korea. The importer will then be able to import the product categories provided or by the Regulation and certified by approved Bodies or Authorities (Regulation (EC) No. 1235/08). For all the remaining Countries, the possible recognition of equivalence concerns the individual Control Bodies that requested it from the EU Commission. The same Regulation (EC) No. 508/2012 defines the list of authorised control bodies to issue a certification under the EU equivalence regime. The list contains, for each inspection body, the list of Third Countries in which it is authorised to issue equivalence certificates and the product categories that can be imported (see also the exceptions listed). All operators importing from Third Countries shall submit, via SIB or regional information systems,  a specific Notification for inclusion in the National List of organic products importers from Third Countries. Once the results of the inspections carried out by the selected Control Body have been evaluated, the Ministry informs the operator that the entry in the list has taken place. will the operator be entitled to start importing organic products. The importer shall communicate, at least three days in advance, the authorisation for the free circulation of each imported consignment in the European Union, in accordance with the provisions of Ministerial Decree No. 8283 of 06.02.2018. A certificate of inspection shall accompany each imported consignment, as under Annex V to the Regulation (EC) No. 1235/08, issued by one of the inspection bodies recognised by the EU. A copy of such certificate, stamped in box 20 by the customs and box 21 by the importer or first consignee in the Community, shall be sent to ICEA Import office. It should also be noted that each importer and its consignee must be registered with the TRACES platform. Further information is available at

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Certification regulation Contract for certification Labelling guidelines Management Plan Tariffs Importers  

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