The trade deal agreed on Christmas Eve included a technical annex on organic equivalence, this means that the EU has now agreed to recognise the UK as equivalent for organics until 31 December 2023. This is on top of the already agreed equivalence recognition for UK control bodies and means that the ability for UK certified goods to be sold as such in the EU is guaranteed for longer than before.
At the end of the transition period, UK organic regulations will remain the same as they are now in the immediate term, with no divergence from the EU.
The new EU Organics Regulation which was due to come into force in January 2021 has been postponed and will now come into force on 1 January 2022.
Organic equivalence with the EU
The EU has now agreed to recognise the UK as equivalent for organics until 31 December 2023. This is on top of the already agreed equivalence recognition for UK control bodies, and the UK recognition of the EU as equivalent.
Following recent announcements, we are waiting for Defra guidance to be updated.
The NFU will continue to keep organic members updated with the latest information. If you are experiencing issues due to the implications of Brexit please let us know by emailing Rm9vZENoYWluRm9jdXNAbmZ1Lm9yZy51aw== so we can keep track of any potential issues.
More for members on NFUonline about the end of the transition period: