The European Union has defined a new regulatory framework for organic farming.
Category : Regulation and certification watch
Published on 07/12/2017
It will come into force on 1st January 2021. The document first and foremost sets out the principle of a common organic specification for the whole of the European Union, as opposed to the current situation, where each member state establishes its own specifications.
The new rules stipulate that plants must derive their nourishment from the soil, and therefore, the use of greenhouses is prohibited. Countries where the use of greenhouses has already been authorised may continue to use them for up to ten years.
Small producers will now be able to receive group certification, a measure that should reduce the costs of the certification process and make organic farming more accessible.
The new regulation abolishes equivalence agreements with third countries. The rules will be the same for everyone.