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.