Regulations

The European Union market for Organic products is protected by European Regulations. There are complementary application measures on a regional Belgian level.

There are also national and private specifications which cover areas not covered by European Regulation.

Official regulations

Council Regulation (EC) n°834/2007 compiled version

It covers the principles and basic rules for agriculture, preparing foodstuffs and organic animal feed, distribution and imports as well as labelling and controls.

Council Regulation (EC) n°889/2008 compiled version

It covers the rules for the implementation of Regulation 834/2007 for agriculture, preparation, animal feed, labelling, controls and organic imports.

In the appendices of this Regulation, you will find lists of elements which are either authorised in or excluded from organic production. Amongst other topics, the appendices list authorised fertilisers, soil enrichers and plant protection products, minimal surface areas to respect in buildings and outdoor spaces for organic animal production, authorised cleaning products and disinfectants for farm buildings, authorised additives and processing aids for foodstuffs and farm animal feed and non-organic ingredients allowed in foodstuffs.

Council Regulation (EC) n°2018/848 consolidated version

This regulation will replace basic regulation 834/2007 from 1 January 2022 (Regulation n°2021/269 changes the application date)

It covers the principles and basic rules for agriculture, preparing foodstuffs and organic animal feed, distribution and imports as well as labelling and controls.

Council Regulation (EC) n°2020/1794

This modifies Appendix II, Part I of Regulation 2018/848 regarding the use of in-conversion and non-organic plant reproductive material

 

Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2020/464

Lays down certain rules for the application of Regulation 2018/848 as regards the documents needed for the retroactive recognition of periods for the purpose of conversion, the production of organic products and information to be provided by Member States

 

Commission implementing regulation (EU) n°2021/279

Lays down certain rules for the implementation of Regulation 2018/84 on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products.

 

Commission implementing regulation (EU) n°2021/1165

Authorises certain products and substances for use in organic production and establishing their lists of elements which are either authorised in or excluded.

Amongst other topics, you will find the authorised fertilisers, soil enrichers and plant protection products, minimal surface areas to respect in buildings and outdoor spaces for organic animal production, authorised cleaning products and disinfectants for farm buildings, authorised additives and processing aids for foodstuffs and farm animal feed and non-organic ingredients allowed in foodstuffs.

 

Delegated Regulation (EU) n°2020/2146

Concerns the exceptional production rules in organic production.

 

Delegated Regulation (EU) n°2021/642

Amends Annex III to Regulation 2018/848 as regards certain information to be provided on the labelling of organic products.

 

Delegated Regulation (EU) n°2021/771

Lays down specific criteria and conditions for the checks of documentary accounts in the framework of official controls in organic production and the official controls of groups of operators.

 

Delegated Regulation (EU) n°2021/1189

Concerns the production and marketing of plant reproductive material of organic heterogeneous material of particular genera or species

Council Regulation (EC) n° 1235/2008 consolidated version

It covers rules for implementation regarding imports of organic products from third countries.

 

Brexit: Imports and Exports from 1 January 2021

Situation of Imports and Exports of organic products following Brexit, from 1 January 2021.

 

EU-Chile agreement on trade in organic products

Recognising equivalence for the trade of organic products with Chile.

 

Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Turkey and Russian Federation guidelines

Additional official control measures for organic products from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Turkey and the Russian Federation taken in December 2020.

 

Guidelines for imports from China

Additional official control measures for organic products from China.

 

Consult the reference guide regarding certificates of inspection (C.O.I.) for importing organic products into the EU.

NB: the Regulations are regularly subject to modifications. Always use the latest version compiled including modifications and the latest Regulations published on the European Commission site or the  Journal of the European Union site.

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Wallonia

 

SPW notes

Find information about organic agriculture in Wallonia on the SPW Agriculture site.

 

Brussels

 

Flanders

  • Ministerial Order of the Flemish Government of 11/02/2013 modifying articles 8 (population density) and 18 (definition of “small farm”) of the Order of 27/05/ 2011
  • Ministerial Order of 17/06/2015 relating to exceptional production rules for the use of non-organic plant reproduction material.
  • Ministerial Order of 16/10/2017 regarding exemptions in the use of potato seeds and plants in organic production.

Find information about Flemish organic agriculture on the Flemish authorities’ website.

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CERTISYS is approved in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (LU-BIO-06) and can help you certify your products

Find out about the official processes and procedures for launching your organic activities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg here.

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Version 7 of the CERTISYS Standard has applied since November 2020.

This standard exposes the objectives and principles, production rules, labelling provisions and control measures for non-EU operators who intend to export products advertised as organic to one of the European Union Member States. Any agricultural product produced, transformed or exported to an EU Member State and certified in accordance with this standard will be considered to be equivalent to the European regulation.

This standard contains two books. Book 1 covers general rules. Book 2 covers specific rules: