A large number of laws and regulations form the framework for the organic food industry and thus place it in the field of tension between consumer protection and over-regulation. The aim is to minimize both risk and effort in order to enable the further expansion of the organic food industry. The most comprehensive set of rules for the organic sector is the EU organic regulation, which is constantly being further developed. Organic law was subjected to a first major revision in 2008. Another revision began in 2014 and ended in 2018 with the resolution of a new basic organic regulation (VO 2018/848). The Basic Organic Ordinance must be supplemented by decisive rules by the end of 2021, for example with specific stipulations on stalls and runs for organic animals, with lists of approved organic resources or food ingredients, and more precise requirements for organic controls and organic imports from third countries. Only when the organic law with the outstanding rules has been supplemented and complete will the new organic regulation offer legal security for businesses and companies. As of 01/01/2022, the revised legal basis must be applied by all organic farms and organic inspection bodies. Until then, the current EU organic regulation (VO 834/2007) applies.

Free movement of goods in the EU: Interpretation of Article 29 (5)

The new EU Organic Regulation 2018/848 has been in force since 01.01.2022. In the context of the revision process, there has been a lot of discussion about how to deal with suspected cases of non-compliance. The different member states of the EU have very different views on this issue, which is shown by the fact that some member states have introduced their own limit values for organic products. If these values are exceeded, the goods can only be sold conventionally. In the past, this has repeatedly led to challenges and obstacles to the free movement of goods in the EU, as many companies trade their products throughout Europe.

The EU intends to address the issue in more detail in 2026. Until then, it clarifies that any nationally introduced measures must not hinder the free movement of goods.


Quality management guide: Articles 27 + 28 of the new organic regulation (EU) No. 2018/848

The new EU regulation on organic farming No. 2018/848 (new organic basic regulation) clarifies the processes and responsibilities in handling information on possible infringements at company level. Article 27 regulates the handling of all types of possible violations of the organic regulation. Article 28 (2) specifies the presence of products and substances not authorized under the Organic Regulation.

The guide, published by FiBL and BLQ, provides information on the legal requirements, their classification, as well as a possible audit sequence and the procedure for notifications. In addition, it provides guidance on how to proceed when information on possible infringements is available.


Interpretation of Articles 27 til 29,41 and 42 of the organic regulation (EU) No. 2018/848(2. Version)

The new EU regulation on organic farming No. 2018/848 (new organic basic regulation) governs dealing with deviations and non-compliance in Articles 27, 28, 29 41 and 42. It further develops and supplements the essential requirements of Article 30 of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and of Articles 26, 63, 91 and92 of Regulation (EC) No. 889/2008.


Our "Themenhefte"


Our Themenhefte are some kind of dossiers from our association. The members are writing about their visions of food processing, about responsibility and a different kind of economy.

Because of that, the Themenheft is an important contribution to the discussions about the future of organic. You can read it here in German.

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