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Conversion period - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Conversion period - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The conversion period lasts 2 years, starting on January 1st. The Swiss Ordinance 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, Swiss farms are allowed to market their produce with the claim 'in conversion to organic farming'

Difference

The Swiss Ordinance accepts a shorter conversion period for perennial crops than the EU Regulation 2092/91, which applies a zero year which leads to a total of 36 months in perennials and 24 months in annual crops.

Justification

For reasons of credibility in the consumers eyes, the Swiss Ordinance strictly defines the beginning of conversion starting with the first year of inspection on the spot.

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
Conversion > Conversion definitions
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:237
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:57

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