Organics: what you need to know about the end of transition

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As we get closer to 31 December 2020, uncertainty remains around certain aspects of organic production. But there are some things you need to know.

Organic legislation:

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:

Great Britain will recognise the EU as equivalent for the purpose of trade in organics until 31 December 2021. This means food and feed registered as organic in the EU will continue to be accepted as organic in the UK until 31 December 2021.

The EU will decide whether to continue accepting food and feed registered in the UK as organic from 1 January 2021. Discussions are ongoing, and the UK organic control bodies have applied for equivalent recognition to certify organic products for export to the EU.

If the UK fails to secure equivalency with the EU – either through a deal or through approval of certifying bodies – GB organic food will not be able to be exported to the EU labelled as organic from 1 January 2021. It will still be able to be exported using non-organic labelling, if it meets all other marketing standards and any organic labelling is removed or covered.

Take action:

Organic equivalence remains a huge concern for the sector. Please write to your MP to raise awareness of this issue and its potential impact on your business. Find a template letter here.

Latest information:

Next steps:

We 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.

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