Soil Association Organic Standards
No system of farming has higher levels of animal welfare than organic farms working to our standards. Our organic standards use the EU organic regulation as their baseline, but in many cases our standards are more robust.
From time to time, we hold public consultations on our standards. We encourage you to get involved and participate in these consultations.
The current version of the standards are organised by sector below:
An amendment to the EU organic regulation has been published*. It covers permitted substances and practices for use in organic farming, growing, food manufacture and aquaculture. Find out more about these changes here.
- EC Regulation No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products
- EU Regulation No 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control
- European Commission Organic Farming
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - EU Group (IFOAM)
- IFOAM norms (for International Grower Groups, see section 8.3, as referenced in Soil Association standard 2.3.4)
- National Organic Program (NOP) - USDA Regulation
- Canadian Organic Regime (COR) - General principles and management standards and Permitted substances list
- Aquaculture: EU Production rules for aquaculture licensees are detailed in EU Regulation No 889/2008, with further amendments published via EU Regulation No 1358/2014
- EU importing guidelines (for International Grower Groups, see section 8)
*New EU regulation 2016/673 amends EC 889/2008.