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A new organic regulation to apply as of 1 January 2022

Dec 13, 2021

On 1 January 2022, the new Regulation 848/2018, on organic production and labelling of organic products, will replace previous Regulation No 834/2007.

The date of application was postponed from 1 January 2021 to 1 January 2022 mainly to allow for completion of the secondary legislation on the production, distribution, and marketing of organic goods.

The regulation is expected to contribute to the EC target of at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 (Organic action plan).

Among others, the new regulation introduces:

  • Obligation of third-country producers to conform with the same rules as those in the EU (there will be no recognition of “equivalence”, transition period applies).
  • Stricter controls and a limited number of EU ports of entry (high volume crops such as bananas exempted), Regulation (EU) 2019/2123 of 10 October 2019.
  • Compulsory electronic certificate of inspection (e-COI) issued in advance, before a consignment leaves the country of export/origin (Regulation (EU) 2020/479 of 1 April 2020).
  • Certification of farmer groups not only in developing countries, but also within the EU.
  • A wider range of organic products to include yeasts, maté, vine leaves, hop shoots, natural gums and resins, essential oils, plant-based traditional herbal preparations, salts, and a few other products.

The consolidated text is available at Regulation (EU) 2018/848 .  

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Organic food and feed products leaflet to download