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 (28th June 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:
Digital COIs extended - Covid easements have been extended to allow digital copies of Certificates of Inspection (COI) to continue to be accepted by the EU and NI until 31st ember 2021. SA Certification are using this extension to continued our work toward E-Seal functionality in TRACESNT, which should avoid any future need for paper COIs.
Northern Ireland and new EC848 regulation - We are aware that the EU’s new delayed organic regulation EC848 is due to come into force in 2022 and that this will apply to all our operators in Northern Ireland from Jan the 1st. At this time a number of implementation and delegated acts remain unpublished. We are monitoring the situation and working hard to ensure that our affected licensees are guided and have time to make any operation changes necessary to comply with the new EU regulations.
COI Services - We continue experiencing significant demand for COI services at present. Same-day endorsement may be possible where submissions are made by 12:00 that day. Weekend endorsement may be possible where submissions are made by 3PM Friday. (by pre-arrangement only). For more further information on purchasing COI and service times, please visit our COI Payment page
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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