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Temporary derogation for verification of consignments for import into the EU and issuance of certificates of organic inspection

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Organic production / Organic production

Summary

Regulation (EC) 2021/1698 (Art. 16) requires that from 1 January 2025, control bodies (CBs) should verify consignments intended for import into the EU according to the new organic compliance regime under Regulation (EU) 2018/848. However, due to the delay in recognition of control bodies under the new regime, compliance certification of many operators and groups of operators in non-EU countries is expected to be still pending by 31 December 2024. To avoid trade disruptions in early 2025, the EU proposes a temporary derogation (exemption) until 15 October 2025 to allow for an orderly transition into the compliance scheme.

During this period, CBs will be able to issue certificates of inspection for consignments supplied by operators and groups of operators that are still certified under the old equivalence regime, provided that:

  • the CB is recognised under the new compliance regime
  • the operator or group of operators has a valid organic certificate under the equivalence regime, and
  • their application for certification under the new regime is pending.

There is an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal via the Commission’s Have your say webpage until 11 July 2024.