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Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:32

       Organic products imported into the European Union (EU)  must have been produced and certified according to rules at least equivalent to those in force in the European Union, and defined by Council regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and its implementing rules.

         The control system set up by European regulation includes:

*        A formal commitment of the operator to comply with the organic production method;

*        At least one annual physical inspection done by an agency authorized by the competent authorities, and accredited for its expertise, independence and impartiality;

*        Systematic documentary checks including during customs clearance;

*        Additional inspections, as needed, depending on the risk level of the country/product; and

*        Samples for analysis, in certain cases, to verify the non-use of banned products.

        This system is in addition to inspections done by customs and health authorities, and the DGCCRF (Directorate-General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control).  Inspections are also made by the operators of the organic sector at all stages (production, processing, exportation, importation, distribution).

          Three cases exist, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No. 1235/2008 and its implementing regulation (EU) No. 508/2012:

       1.   Products from third countries whose regulation was assessed as equivalent by the European Commission.  Currently, eleven countries have achieved this equivalence: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, United States, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Tunisia.

         2.       Products tested and certified by a recognized body and supervised directly by the European Commission*.

         3.       Products having obtained an import license from the competent Ministry of a Member State.

         In all cases, during their customs clearance, the products must be presented with an original certificate of inspection issued by the competent authority or control body and be monitored by an approved body for the control in organic farming at every stage of production to the sale to the final consumer, including during importation.

  *        The following certification agencies are accredited by France: Ecocert, Bureau Veritas, Certipaq Bio, Agrocert, Certisud, Bureau Alpes Controles, Qualisud and Certis.

(Report from the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Tel. no. +63 2 8343030/8343040, Fax no. +63 2 8341451, Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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