Trading & Labelling
UK – EU trade agreement recognises the UK as equivalent for organics until 31 December 2023
As part of the trade agreement the EU has now agreed to recognise the UK as equivalent for organics until 31 December 2023.
The EU organic logo can be used for the duration of the organic arrangements.
You can continue to use the existing codes of the form “GB-ORG-06”.
Please read the information and guidance on this page which will be updated regularly as we receive updates on the new systems being put in place.
Please see the Defra Organics stakeholder presentation for the full details of the new requirements in accordance with the UK-EU trade agreement.
BDA Certification Guidance
Please send draft labels you plan to use to email@example.com
EXPORT TO EU
You will need to use the TRACESNT system to create a certificate of inspection which will be verified by the BDA Certification office.
IMPORT FROM THE EU
For now, organic products can be imported into the UK from the EU and EEA countries without using the GB paper-based certificate of inspection (COI).
The new GB Import system of paper-based certificate of inspection (COI) will be required for all imports from the EU and EEA countries from 2023 – dates to be confirmed.
IMPORT TO UK FROM OUTSIDE THE EU
Importers will need to use the new GB import system of paper-based certificates of inspection.
Contact us for the step by step guidance and forms.
EXPORTING OUTSIDE THE EU
There will be no significant changes to the current arrangements, with the exception of Switzerland which may require use of the Swiss certificate of inspection process from the 1st January 2022.
Use GB-ORG-06 code with UK/non UK agriculture statement.
EU leaf removed.
For all exports to the non-EU after 31st December 2020, we advise keeping updated with GOV.UK and checking with the organic authority in the export market whether labels/certification will be accepted.
Sales of Demeter and Biodynamic Products
Safeguarding the integrity of Demeter and Biodynamic products is in the common interest of all users of our trademarks. The trust that the consumer puts in our brand must be justified and our system of contracts and certification has been developed for this purpose.
The conditions for the sales of Demeter and Biodynamic products are underpinned in three legally binding areas:
• Trademark rights – see Labelling with the Demeter logo
• Standards verified by inspection/certification – see Demeter standards
• Distribution principles relevant to each market – see Demeter Sales and Distribution Requirements