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 5th October 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:
05/10 - Product not in scope of the TCA: Businesses currently exporting product to NI or EU which has not be grown or processed (in a manner that substantially alters) in UK can only currently export products where certified under our BIO-142 scheme (currently possible under our Annex IV status for the UK list within regulation EC1235/2008).
Following concerns raised by Ireland the EC have confirmed that the written vote on the proposed implementation of amendments to EC1235/2008 (which would see UK certifiers moved from Annex IV to III) has been terminated. No indication of when a further subsequent meeting or vote will take place has been provided at this time.
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 2021 there are likely to be:
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 after 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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