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.
Council Regulation (EC) n°2018/848 consolidated version
This regulation will replace basic regulation 834/2007 from 1 January 2022 according to Regulation n°2021/269.
It covers the principles and basic rules for agriculture, preparing foodstuffs and organic animal feed, distribution and imports as well as labelling and controls.
It covers rules for implementation regarding imports of organic products from third countries.
Situation of Imports and Exports of organic products following Brexit, from 1 January 2021.
Recognising equivalence for the trade of organic products with Chile.
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.
- Ministerial Orders issued by the Walloon government
- Ministerial Order of the Walloon Government regarding the production and labelling of organic products of 11/02/2010.
- Ministerial Order of the Walloon Government regarding support for organic agriculture of 3/09/2015.
- Ministerial Order of the Walloon Government of 3/09/2015 in modification of the Order of 3/04/2014 regarding the allocation of organic subsidies
- Ministerial Order of the Walloon Government for the approval of the “Catering” organic guarantee specifications of 26/06/2012.
- Ministerial Order of the Walloon Government for the approval of the “Pet food” organic guarantee specifications of 15/04/2015.
- List of slow-growing strains (9/07/2008)
- Procedures for mobile chicken coops (15/04/2019)
- Use of non-organic strawberry plants (6/2/2014)
- Definition of the term “factory farming” for the use of conventional effluents (22/1/2009)
- Regional origin of foods for animals (22/06/2012)
Find information about organic agriculture in Wallonia on the SPW Agriculture site.
- Order of the Brussels-Capital Region Government regarding the production and labelling of organic products of 3/12/2009.
- Order of the Brussels-Capital Region Government of 5/06/2013 in approval of the “catering” specifications (Organic Guarantee)
All information on the specific Organic Regulation for the Flemish Region (applicable from 1 January 2022)
- Ministerial Order of the Flemish Government specifying the Flemish application of the European Regulation regarding the production and labelling of organic products of 12/12/2008. This document is a compiled version
- Ministerial Order of the Flemish Government establishing the terms for implementing the Order of 12 December 2008 relating to the production and labelling of organic products. (22/06/2009)
- Ministerial Order of the Flemish Government establishing production rules for organic products (27/05/2011)
- 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 the Flemish Government of 22/09/2014 regarding organic rabbit farming
- 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.
CERTISYS is approved in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (LU-BIO-06) and can help you certify your products
- Grand Duchy Regulation
- Information about organic agriculture in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (in German)
Find out about the official processes and procedures for launching your organic activities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg here.
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:
- CERTISYS Standard non EU Book 1 – general rules
- CERTISYS Standard non EU Book 2 – specific rules
- Changes to CERTISYS Standard V6 to V7 – summary of the modified elements between versions 6 and 7 of the CERTISYS standard