Organic Regulations

IFOAM EU is the unified voice of organic stakeholders vis-à-vis European decision makers, and the EU Institutions recognize IFOAM EU as the leading advocate for organic food and farming at EU level. Representing organic interests in connection with the European regulation for organic is one of our core activities.

Organic farming and production has been regulated at EU level since 1991. Today the European requirements for organic production are set by Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 defining the official EU aims, objectives and principles of organic farming and production, and by two implementing regulations (No 889/2008 and No 1235/2008) detailing the organic production, labelling and import rules. All products labelled as organic and sold in the EU must be produced in accordance with these regulations.

The Commission is also continually working on updating the implementing regulations. In terms of production, the key updates to the implementing rules issued so far concern organic yeast (No 1254/2008), organic aquaculture (No 710/2009) and organic wine (No 203/2012).  While in terms of import rules, the agreement on equivalence between the EU and US organic standards (No 126/2012) is most important.

This set of rules could significantly change in the near future. On 24 March 2014, the European Commission published a proposal for a new organic regulation. It is being discussed by the European Parliament and Council and is expected to enter into force in July 2017.

Read more about the Organic Regulation Review and IFOAM EU’s involvement

Please find below a list of all Organic Regulations

Regulation (EC) No 834/2007

Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007

Amended by:
Regulation (EC) No 967/2008 postponing the obligation to use the organic logo
Regulation (EU) No 517/2013 adaptation to EU enlargement to Croatia

Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 consolidated version of 01 July 2013

Regulation (EC) No 889/2008

Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008

Amended by:
Regulation (EC) No 1254/2008 on organic yeast, use of in-conversion feedingstuffs, decorative colouring of egg shells, use of enzymes
Regulation (EC) No 710/2009 detailing rules for organic aquaculture and seawwed production
Regulation (EU) No 271/2010 on the new organic logo
Regulation (EU) No 344/2011 on clarification on labelling and on use of rosemary extract
Regulation (EU) No 426/2011 on publication of information
Regulation (EU) No 126/2012 on the equivalency agreement with the USA
Regulation (EU) No 203/2012 detailing rules on organic wine production
Regulation (EU) No 505/2012 on feed and correcting provision on use of extracts of rosemary
Regulation (EU) No 392/2013 amending the control system
Regulation (EU) No 519/2013 adaptation to EU enlargement to Croatia
Regulation (EU) No 1030/2013 postponing a deadline for organic aquaculture
Regulation (EU) No 354/2014 correcting a mistake and amending annexes I, II, V and VI

Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 consolidated version of 1 January 2014

Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008

Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 of 8 December 2008

Amended by:
Regulation (EC) No 537/2009
Regulation (EU) No 471/2010
Regulation (EU) No 590/2011
Regulation (EU) No 1084/2011
Regulation (EU) No 1267/2011
Regulation (EU) No 126/2012
Regulation (EU) No 508/2012
Regulation (EU) No 751/2012
Regulation (EU) No 125/2013
Regulation (EU) No 519/2013
Regulation (EU) No 567/2013
Regulation (EU) No 586/2013
Regulation (EU) No 355/2014
Regulation (EU) No 442/2014
Regulation (EU) No 644/2014

Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 consolidated version of 1 January 2014