Organic Rules and Certification

All differences in one table by EU regulation

  • EC Council Regulation No. 2092/91
    • Free movement and administrative provisions - Art.12-16
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Title Description Difference Justification and Comments
GMO-free declaration, non-organic inputs - NL Skal Standards 2005
A distinction is made between the control of organic and non-organic producers. Non-organic producers need a GMO-free pronouncement/confirmation."
SKAL obliges the producers of organic products to use only non-organic products with a GMO-free pronouncement/confirmation, whereas the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not mention anything about these confirmations. The Rule Text is very general: Article 5, part 3 h), part 5 f) and 5bis i): the product has been produced without the use of genetically modified organisms and/or any products derived from such organisms. The risk of GMO contamination is higher in non-organic products. GMO free pronouncements/confirmations can at least avoid some contamination risks.
GMO-free declaration, non-organic inputs - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005
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Producers must obtain a signed declaration form from suppliers of non-organic inputs to verify that these do not contain any GMO derivatives. Soil Association may require further proof in the form of genetic analysis, paid for by the producer. Mixed or compound concentrate feeds must be certified by an organic certification body, even if they contain only non-organic ingredients, to prove they are non-GMO. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraph 3.6.5.)
Soil Association Standards require that suppliers of non-organic inputs to organic producers or processors must sign a declaration to state that these inputs contain no GMOs or their derivatives. Although EU Regulation 2092/91 prohibits the use of GMO derived inputs, there is no requirement for this supplier declaration. Soil Association standards are intended to ensure verifiable compliance with requirements to use only non-GMO materials. Genetic modification is an unproven technology and may have unpredictable effects.
Parallel production, GMO - CZ KEZ Standards Complete exclusion of GMOs is required, not only in veterinary treatment but also in parallel conventional production. GMO's or their products may not be used in either part of the farm. The KEZ standards prohibit the use of GMOs in non-organic, split production, but the EU Regulation 2092/91 Article 6.1d) requieres only that genetically modified organisms and/or any product derived from such organisms must not be used, with the exception of veterinary medicinal products. EU Regulation does not deal with parallel conventional production and GMOs. Complete exclusion of GMOs and their products on the whole farm reduces the risk of contamination.