Organic Rules and Certification

Labelling claims, general requirements - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Labelling claims, general requirements - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Products can be labelled as "in conversion to Demeter" or Biodyn to the earliest after 12 months in conversion to the biodynamic method of the respective farm unit. This is only possible if the whole enterprise is under conversion. Crops harvested more than 36 months (perennial crops), or sown more than 24 months after the start of conversion can be marketed as Demeter once certification is granted. In the following cases the periods can be shortened: If an enterprise can be shown to have been managed extensively, after the second conversion year, full Demeter certification is possible. If an enterprise or part thereof is certified organic for a minimum of three years full Demeter certification can be given for the first harvest, provided that the Biodynamic preparations have been applied according to the standards. (DI production standards, 7.3. Demeter certification and use of the trademark)


Demeter labelling is not regulated by the EU Regulation 2092/91. Whereas the general conversion time for annual and perennial crops are similar to the EU regulation, additional requirements have to be fulfiled to get the Demeter certification such as the use of the bio-dynamic preparations etc.


To ensure good consumer information.

EU Regulation

Labelling and claims - Art.5

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Labelling provisions
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:590
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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