Workshop in Bonn on Group Certification

IFOAM – Organics International organised an international workshop on organic group certification requirements in Bonn 21-22 May 2019.

Around 35 experts from the EU and from outside the EU (Africa, South America, Asia, Australia) participated. Representatives of IFOAM EU and of the biggest EU control bodies which carry out certification outside the EU were also present. The initiative brought the organic stakeholders together to discuss and further strengthen and refine the requirements for organic group certification after more than 15 years of implementation all over the world.

The workshop was focused on the worldwide approach. The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the development of secondary legislation of the new EU organic regulation which will apply from 2021. While today group certification is only allowed in non-EU developing countries, the new EU organic regulation will allow certification of group of operators (group certification) also within the EU. The EU Commission and the EU member states will discuss the detailed requirements in the second half of 2019.

Discussing improvements of international requirements for organic group certification. Photo credit: IFOAM Organics International

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