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The EU regulation

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The current EU regulation is under review, a process that started in 2014 with proposals for a new regulation. The aim is to simplify, clarify and harmonise the way organic production is regulated across the EU. While full of good intentions there were a number of areas of concern, many of which has been addressed, but there is still way to go! This is an important process which could have a significant impact on the whole organic sector, so make sure you keep up to date.

Latest news
A vote in the European Parliament's Committee of Agriculture (AGRI) on 13 October significantly amends the Commission's proposal for a new organic legislation. This allays some of the sector's concerns by rejecting decertification thresholds for non-authorised substances, retaining key derogations and allowing 'parallel production'. However, there is still some way to go: issues such as risk-based inspections, equivalence with third countries, and the precise definition of local 'regions' in the context of sourcing feed still need to be thrashed out. Negotiations are likely continue well into 2016 with changes to the Regulations not likely before 2017. More
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