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.
Here you can find free information, checklists and webinars to help you navigate post-Brexit policy changes.
This information is correct at the time of publishing on 21st September 2022. Please ensure that you are checking the page regularly for current information.
Important updates and clarifications:
21/09 - GB labelling changes (required as a result of Brexit) have been delayed from 1 October 2022 until 1 January 2024: For organic this relates changes to statement of agricultural origin (from EU to UK). Existing labelling that may have been non-compliant after 30th Sept 2022 will now have until 31st December 2023 to be compliant.
28/04 - The UK is postponing checks on imported food and fresh products from the EU until the end of 2023: This announcement means that the requirement for organic COIs from the EU, EEA and Switzerland due to come into force on 1st July will continue to be waived.
As of 1st January 2021 there were:
The following information has applied since 1st January 2021:
For changes to labelling, please view our labelling pages.
What's the same?
The Soil Association organic standards continue to maintain our existing high standards post-Brexit.
All UK certifiers continue to certify UK organic businesses for UK trade.
All issued certificates with a 2021 expiry date remain valid in the UK. Read more on certificate validity since 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.
New labelling requirements came into effect on the 1st January 2021