EU Regulation: The future of organics in Europe


“EU Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products”

New EU legislation on organic products

Since 1 January 2022, Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council is the applicable legislative act, also known as the basic act, laying down the rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.

The new legislation on organic products entered into force on 1 January 2022, after its implementation was postponed for one year. The rules reflect the changing nature of this fast-growing sector. The new regulation is designed to ensure fair competition for farmers while preventing fraud and maintaining consumer confidence.

Key points of the new legislation:

  • production rules will be simplified through the phasing out of certain exemptions and opt outs.
  • the control system will be strengthened through stricter preventive measures and rigorous controls throughout the supply chain.
  • producers in third countries will have to comply with the same set of rules as the producers in the EU.
  • regulations regarding organic products will cover a wider list of products (e.g. salt, beeswax, mate, vine leaves, palm hearts) and will have additional production rules (e.g. for deer, rabbits and poultry); regulations regarding organic products will be based on the same set of rules as those for other products (e.g. deer, rabbits and poultry).
  • certification will be made easier for small farmers thanks to a new group certification system and
  • there will be a more uniform approach to reduce the risk of accidental contamination by pesticides; – there will be a more uniform approach to reduce the risk of accidental contamination by pesticides exemptions for production in fenced cages in greenhouses will be phased out.

Relevant Regulation:

EU Regulation 2018/848 of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products

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