Organic Rules and Certification

Conversion, retroactive approval - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005:

Ziegler, Katia (2005) Conversion, retroactive approval - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005:. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

A conversion period of at least 2 full calendar years is required. No retrospective approval is granted (no reduction of the conversion period possible).

Difference

Whereas BIO SUISSE requires a two years conversion period beginning in the first year of inspection by an official inspection body, EU Regulation 2092/91 offers the possibility for retrospective approval in cases, where previous management methods are proved to be in compliance with the Regulation (approval as 'organic' after 6 months of first inspection for pastures or immediate approval for other plots if last conventional practice happened more than 3 years ago).

Justification

The inflexibility in the conversion period is thought to increase consumer credibility. The Bio Suisse standards in this case comply with the Swiss government regulation.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Conversion - Annex I A1
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Conversion - Annex I B2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Conversion > Retrospective approval
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of fairness
ID Code:14
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:04 Sep 2005
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 15:10

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