Brexit has caused much uncertainty for organic farmers and growers, manufacturers and traders.
As the UK’s leading food and farming charity we are here to reassure and support our licensees following our departure from the EU.
This Brexit Hub contains lots of free information, checklists for your business and webinars to help you prepare for Brexit.
This information is correct at the time of publishing on 24th November 2021. Please ensure that you are checking the page regularly for current information.
We are currently experiencing significant demand for certification services due to Brexit. Please be assured if you have emailed us we have your query and will aim to get back to you within 14 working days.
Important new updates and clarifications:
24/11 - Product not in scope of the TCA: Businesses currently exporting product to NI or EU which has not been grown or processed in the UK can only currently export products where certified under our BIO-142 scheme (possible under our Annex IV status for the UK list within regulation EC1235/2008). A draft implementing regulation which would replace EC1235/2008 under new EC848 regulations has now been published and does not include UK certifiers specifically, suggesting acceptance of in-scope product only. The draft indicates that it shall apply from 1st January 2022. We will continue to monitor progress with this draft. EC COP met on 22nd Nov to discuss and electronic votes are currently being sought from Member States. We are hosting a webinar on Friday 26th Nov to update
03/11 -E-seal electronic endorsement of COIs: We have now been granted the E-seal for GB-ORG-05 therefore COIs submitted on GB-ORG-05 will be electronically endorsed and paper copies will not be required going forward.
28/10 - UK publishes GB12355 register . Defra have now published a list of Third Countries/Territories and Third County Control Bodies/Authorities (subject to any category restrictions) recognised by the UK for product imported into GB.
1/10 - Turkey added to list of countries with new import controls: Turkey joins Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Moldova and China, as the sixth country with additional organic import controls. Read more.
30/09 - PDF GB COIs now acceptable: Defra have amended their guidance for Certificates of Inspection (COI) for imports of organic food and feed into GB (required only for Non-EU/EEA imports until July 2022) removing the requirement for a paper copy of the COI. A PDF version is now all that is required.
13/09 - GB COI grace period extended: GB (paper-based) Certificate of Inspection will now not be necessary to allow good to clear GB ports until the end of June 2022. This only applies to goods exported from EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
From January 1st 2021 there were:
From the 1st January 2021:
For changes to labelling, please view our labelling pages.
What’s staying the same?
Nothing will change to the Soil Association organic standards post-Brexit and we will continue to maintain our existing high standards.
All UK certifiers will continue to certify UK organic businesses for UK trade.
All issued certificates with a 2021 expiry date will remain valid in the UK. Read more on certificate validity from January 1st 2021.
New UK organic food & farming statutory instruments have now been passed into law, ready to become regulation after Brexit. In anticipation of continued access to EU market these will remain closely aligned with existing EC organic regulations.
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