Your Business & Brexit

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 At this time a number of implementation and delegated acts remain unpublished.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



Need to know

From 2021 there are likely to be:

  • Implications for trade of organic products between the UK, the EU and other markets. This applies to seeds, plants, livestock, crops and feed. Textiles and cosmetic products are not affected, unless products are imported as 'food grade'.
  • New requirements for import of organic products into GB from third countries (includes EU)
  • New requirements for exporting organic products to NI, the EU and other third countries
  • New labelling requirements for labelling in the GB and for organic products exported to the EU

Checklist for your business

From the 1st January 2021:

  • exporters should ensure their overseas importers are certified, labelling complies with their country's requirements and if required, a Certificate of Inspection (or Import) is provided 
  • both GB importers and 1st consignees in GB have a 'processor' license and a GB Certificate of Inspection should be presented at port (from 1st July 2021 for imports from EEA/EU)
  • your labeling for products placed on the GB market complies with any changes to UK requirements 

Changes affecting all Farmers and Growers


  • If you directly import animals, animal products, food, feed and high risk products please makes sure you are aware of the new IPAFFS system applicable for organic and non-organic products. More information can be found on the Government website here.
  • If you directly import any organic products please visit our importing page for the latest guidance.


  • Exports of organic and non organic live animals can continue until the end of the transition period ending 31st December 2020. From the 1st of January there will be changes to how you export live animals. For more information click here.  
  • Please visit our Brexit Hub exporting page for the latest guidance on organic exports to NI, the EU and Non-EU countries. If you are a producer directly exporting to NI or the EU please email with details, you may be required to provide yield information before you can export.



For changes to labelling  please view our labelling pages.


Exporting from the UK

From 1st January 2021, there will be different rules around exporting.

Importing into the UK

From 1st January 2021, there will be different rules around importing.

Brexit and organic standards

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

What’s changing?

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.

Labelling requirements after December 31st 2020

From 1st January 2021, there will be different rule about labelling.

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