Export Certification Support
Different territories can mean different organic requirements. Our experts can assess your operational needs and provide you with market access solutions for territories with specific requirements for importing organic.
Updated 10th October 2018
Having consulted with our licensees and trade stakeholders, we very are aware of the uncertainties and concerns surrounding organic trade in the post-Brexit environment. As the UK’s largest organic certifier, we are keen to reassure and support businesses in making important commercial decisions in the coming months.
The transitional period announced on 19th March means that we anticipate some valued breathing space. However, as we do not have final confirmation of the implementation period at this time, we continue to work hard to find regulatory solutions for the end of this period.
Find out more about Brexit take a look at our recently released response to the government's white paper that sets out the proposals for the UK's future relationship with the EU, Brexit implications, activity and our call to action for businesses here.
To ensure your businesses are fully aware of all options, we will ensure that the latest developments will be communicated via regular Trade New updates. In the meantime we have detailed below are some of the specific development and options relating to the EU and key export territories outside the EU. Please note that depending on post-Brexit progress on key international trade deals, which many include organic standards equivalence or acceptance as part of a final deal, these requirements may change
Exporting to the EU
Post Brexit, whether required for import to the EU, or by a non-EU country who only recognises EU certificates, any certification to the EU Organic Regulation needs to be delivered by an approved Certification Body. This approval is provided by the EU Commission. Soil Association Certification have applied to the EU Commission to seek UK approval to deliver organic certification to the EU Regulation (1235 approval).
However, as future 'third country' status (the preferred route to EU acceptance, currently enjoyed by countries such as Switzerland and Israel) is still to be agreed, this extension cannot yet be progressed. This approval process is required for all non-EU/Third Country organic certification bodies, regardless of location, who wish their products to enter the EU.
A third possible arrangement, so called 'equivalence' arrangements, may also be agreed between the UK and the EU. We are aware that both 'Third Country' status and 'equivalence' will be dependent on Brexit negotiations. We are in conversations with DEFRA and others to try and influence progress towards a solution, which leads to EU recognition of Soil Association Certification.
Exporting beyond the EU
Exporting to the US
Canadian Organic Regime Accreditation (COR). We are therefore able to certify your products to COR, which will ensure that they gain access to the US through the COR equivalency arrangement in place between Canada and the USA. You will be able to export in the way that the current equivalency arrangement works between the EU and the states. If you are currently exporting to the US please contact us to discuss how COR may be appropriate for your business. You will need to obtain COR Certification before 29th March 2019 and therefore it is important that you speak to us now regarding this.
Option.2: We can now offer certification to the US ‘National Organic Program’ (NOP) through partner Certification Body, Ecocert. We would undertake the inspection to NOP and send the inspection reports to our partners to complete the certification. Again, if you want this certification you will need to contact us as soon as possible to begin the application process.
Exporting to Asia
South Korea, where our membership of the EU currently delivers access via an EU brokered agreement, our partnership with Ecocert will enable us to operate in the same way. For countries where no existing Please do contact us to let us know of any specific country you export to that you need such arrangements in place and we will do our best to find a solution for you.
Japanese authorities require that all organic products meet JAS (Japan Organic Agricultural Standard) . We can offer this through partner Certification Body Ecocert. We will undertake the inspection to JAS ourselves and send the inspection reports to our partner to complete the certification.
China still requires all organic product to carry full CNCA certification. This certification must be issued for every ingredient at every stage in the supply chain, (including production) and must be issued by a certification body approved by the Chinese authorities. Soil Association Certification have a partnership with Chinese certifier OFDC and can help with application and inspection arrangement with OFDC. Exemptions from CNCA certification exist for certain organic products entering China via designated tax zones, provided they are to be traded via approved e-commerce platforms.
Export Support Packages
We offer a range of support to help guide you through the process of organic export to key territories:
- An introduction to organic exporting - An introductory briefing session outlining organic market opportunuities and requirments around export to specific territories or organic export in general.
- Export benchmarking - Detailed assessment of your operation, products , labelling and supply chain against requiremenst of overseas standards and certifications . Initailly available for:PWAB (US - Livestock Products), CNCA (China), BioSuisse (Switzerland) and JAS (Japan). Refer to our Global Guide for details of other territories.
- Application and inspection support – We can provide full support from initial application and inspection, through to renewal, for specifically required overseas certifications (e.g. CNCA standards for China).
Whether you'd like a wider introduction to exporting organic, an assessment of product suitability against overseas requirements, or support with application and inspection for additional overseas certifications, we can help.
To discuss your requirements in detail or simply find our more, please contact our experts