Important Notice - Certification Fees
Sales of organic grew by over 4% in 2017 and with new total market figures due to be released in the Organic Market Report in February, this will be the sixth consecutive year of growth, a trend that looks set to continue into 2018. We know market conditions are getting tighter and costs have been rising, and we are keen to always keep our fees as cost effective and fair as possible.
We will be increasing our fees by 3% from the 1st of April 2018 to directly cover the costs of inflation. No fee increase is ever welcome, but we endeavour to remain competitive as we strive to provide the highest level of service to all our licensees.
As you can see, in many cases, we are cheaper than other certification bodies. There are some other small changes to specific schemes and these will be communicated directly to those affected in due course.
In addition to inspection and certification, your fees include free advice to help access new markets and build your business, whichever sector you are part of. We have a dedicated farming team working alongside our expert certification officers, as well as a highly skilled technical team to assist you, and a trade marketing team to support processors.
You also have access a number of other free resources, including:
- Free marketing materials
- Free membership of the Food for Life Supplier Scheme to help access the growing food service market
- Free attendance at our trade and food service events
- Market and consumer insight through the Organic Market Report and Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Market Report.
Do speak to your Certification Officer or visit our Business Support pages to find out more information.
2018 will be a formative year in terms of BREXIT and trading negotiations, and we continue to work as part of the wider industry to ensure the best outcome for all. The certification, policy and standards teams are working directly with DEFRA and as part of the Regional Organic Forums, and we will bring you regular updates on this. You can read more information on recent developments in our policy update.
2017 was a busy year for us all and the organic market continued to grow strongly, out performing non-organic for the sixth successive year. Take a look at the key successes alongside some important dates for 2018.
We always welcome any feedback and are really pleased that our recent licensee survey showed that 87% of you would recommend us to another business - thank you so much for that and for your on-going support.
Please do get in touch with your Certification Officer, Martin Sawyer (CEO) or Clare McDermott (Business Development Director) if there is ever anything further you would like to discuss.