The New EU Regulation: Changes for organic production and group certification
Since January 2022 a new EU regulation for organic production is in place. The article from our Naturland ICS expert Marlene Rudolph summarizes relevant changes focusing on group certification.
Marlene Rudolph, Naturland e.V.
A link to Regulation 2018/848 including all amendments and secondary acts is provided on the website of IFOAM Organics Europe. When downloading the official text, you are advised to look for the current consolidated version of each text. A detailed guidance on the new requirements has been prepared by IFOAM Organics International. It will be published on the IFOAM Website soon, please check it regularly for details.
Further information on the new requirements is also available at the Naturland website:
Please note: The training handbook includes practical information on the interpretation and implementation of the new rules that were partly still under discussion at the time of writing and therefore may have change in accordance with official announcements and guidance by the EU commission. For the final interpretation, please check the IFOAM guidance.
The information presented here represents Naturland’s current understanding based on a detailed analysis and information provided by other stakeholders. As the regulation is complex and not yet applied in third countries, many questions are still unresolved, and any information provided may include inaccuracies. Certification decisions will be taken by the recognized CBs according to their approved procedures and based on regulatory texts and official ruling by the EU.
Therefore, please always refer to official regulatory texts for clarity and contact your CB for updates about the transition process and current requirements or necessary changes applicable to your organic operation.
Regarding the implementation of an Internal Control System (ICS), the detailed rules laid down by the EU are already in line with current Naturland requirements. However, some additional requirements apply for Naturland certified groups. Importantly, groups must ensure the compliance of their members with requirements of the Naturland Standards for organic production and social responsibility that are relevant to their project.
Additionally, Naturland reference must be included in their procedures and documentation. A summary of Naturland-specific requirements for the ICS is published here. Please note that this summary may be adjusted during further clarification regarding the new certification requirements of the EU regulation.
Importantly, changes in the group structure may also involve changes for the registration of membership and contracts signed with Naturland. Please inform us about any structural changes implemented in your group to discuss necessary changes for Naturland certification. Such changes may include for example the new registration of groups as legal entities for certification, re-arrangements regarding the ICS management, exclusion of large farm units from the group, etc.
Marlene Rudolph works in international quality assurance and certification and is the contact person for members in Vietnam and Thailand.