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Conversion period, CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005

Ziegler, Katia (2005) Conversion period, 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

BIO SUISSE accepts a shorter conversion period for perennial crops than the EU Regulation 2092/91. EU applies a zero year which leads to a total of 36 months in perennials and 24 months in annual crops. BIO SUISSE however foresees the start for conversion only for January 1st of each calendar year and the application for conversion must be deposited by August 31st of the previous year (hereafter, no application of disallowed substances is allowed anymore). From Januray 1st of the first year of conversion, BIO SUISSE farms are allowed to market their produce under the claim 'in conversion'

Justification

BIO SUISSE standards were in force before EU Regulation was created. BIO SUISSE does not allow a reduction of the conversion period in any cases.

EU Regulation

Annex III - Minimum inspection Requirements/precautionary measures > General provisions
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 > Parallel conversion
Conversion > Conversion definitions
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:15
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Sep 2005
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 15:11

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