Important Notice - Certification Fees
We'd like to thank you for your continued support. 2018 saw sales of organic through our licensees grow by 8%, the seventh consecutive year of growth, a trend that looks set to continue into 2019. We look forward to releasing the new total market figures in the Organic Market Report in February.
We know market conditions are getting tighter and costs have been rising, and we are always keen to keep our fees as cost effective and fair as possible.
We will be increasing our fees by 3% from the 1st of April 2019 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. The revised fees are available via the link below:
In addition to inspection and certification, your fees include free assistance to access new markets and build your business, and we have recently updated our free marketing materials to help you promote the benefits of organic to your customers. We have a dedicated team of expert Certification Officers, a highly skilled Technical team to assist you and a trade Marketing team. We also offer practical solutions to help improve efficiency and keep costs down such as combined inspections with BRC and SALSA.
You can take part in our campaigns including the award winning Best Of Organic Market Awards (BOOMs), which are open for entries between January 7th – 1st March 2019, with new categories such as Best of Organic Specialist Diet and Best Organic Packaging Initiative. As well as the BOOMs, we also have our fastest growing campaign, Organic September, and the seasonal Fresh Produce and Organic Christmas campaigns to get involved in.
Additionally, you can access 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, and market and consumer insight through the Organic Market Report and our popular Trade Conference.
The Soil Association recently updated its organic standards, which will come into effect from Spring 2019, and will be more straightforward, transparent and as clear as possible for organic businesses to use, and for the public to understand. They have completed a review of their food and farming standards to be certain that what we, as Soil Association Certification, ask our licensees to do makes a big difference to our natural world, the quality of life for farm animals and the organic food we eat. They will be implemented in April in a new, user-friendly format, which you can now preview online.
In relation to BREXIT, we continue to work as part of the wider industry in relation to trade negotiations to ensure the best outcome for all. We, alongside our colleagues in the Soil Association’s policy and standards teams are working directly with DEFRA and as part of the National Organic Forums, and we will continue to bring you regular updates on this. For more information on recent developments, please visit our BREXIT pages.
Do speak to your Certification Officer, Martin Dawson (CEO) or any of the Business Development team if you would like more information on any of these points.