Canada and the European Union have completed negotiations that will allow both countries to accept the other’s organic certification on imported products. Consumers and producers from both countries will benefit from this mutually recognised certification as it will mean easier access to a greater number of organically certified products.
Two National Standards of Canada, approved by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and developed by the Canadian General Standards Board, were instrumental in ensuring EU recognition of Canadian organic products. The standards, which detail the certification criteria for allowing food products to be certified as organic, are Organic Production Systems – General Principles and Management Standards (CAN/CGSB 32.310), and Organic Production Systems — Permitted Substances List (CAN/CGSB 32.311).
Organisations that wish to certify products as organic under Canada’s Organic Regime must be accredited by a conformity verification body. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has selected the SCC to be such an organization.
Organic Monitor Comment
Organic Monitor welcomes this new standards equivalency agreement between the EU and Canada. A major stumbling block to global trade of organic products is non-equivalency of standards. Indeed, non-equivalency between EU and USDA NOP organic standards is preventing organic trade between Europe and the US. It is also creating dual and sometimes multiple certification in Asian and Latin American countries where growers are producing for these regions. The big question now is if and when an equivalency agreement can be reached between US and Europe?
Text: Organic Monitor