Regulations & Standards
What are organic standards?
Organic standards define precisely the minimum requirements that a farm or product should meet in order to be 'certified organic'. There are organic standards on national and international levels. For certification of products for export, the standards of the target market or importing country are to be compiled with. Some private labels such as Naturland and BIO SUISSE have certain stipulations in addition to the national standards.
Indian National Standards for Organic Products (NSOP)
In 2000, the Government of India released the National Standards for Organic Products (NSOP) under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). It stipulates that inspection and certification by a nationally accredited certification body is mandatory for labeling and selling products as “organic.” A copy of the NSOP is available from http://www.apeda.gov.in/apedawebsite/organic/index.htm
European Regulation EEC 834/2007
Most relevant for exports to Europe is the European Regulation EEC 834/2007. An amended version of this regulation is available on http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm
INDOCERT Organic Standards for Non- EU Country Operators
As per new EU organic legislation requirements, INDOCERT has developed own organic standards, “INDOCERT Organic standard for non- EU country operators” which is called in short as “INDOCERT Organic Standards”. INDOCERT Organic Standard is developed to meet the requirements for certification in non- EU countries and is equivalent to Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and 889/2008.
INDOCERT Organic Standards is developed for organic operators who work outside the European Union and who wish to be certified as meeting requirements that are equivalent to the requirements of the Regulations of the European Union.
INDOCERT Organic standard is developed for the certification of organic production systems in non- EU countries. The language of the INDOCERT Organic Standard follows closely the language of the Regulations of the European Union. It deviates only where organic production in non-EU countries is based on equivalent conditions to meet the requirements of Regulations of the European Union.
The INDOCERT Organic Standard was assessed by its accreditation body DAKKS GmbH. This updated version is equivalent to Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007.
If you are interested to obtain a copy of the INDOCERT Organic standard for non- EU country operators, you can download it by clicking here.
USDA's National Organic Program regulates the organic standards for farm production, wild crop harvesting and handling operation. In order to label or to sell an agricultural product as organic in the U.S., compliance with NOP standards is an indispensable requisite. http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm