National Programme for Organic Production
The National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) provides for Standards for organic production, systems, criteria and procedure for accreditation of Certification Bodies, the National (India Organic) Logo and the regulations governing its use. The standards and procedures have been formulated in harmony with other International Standards regulating import and export of organic products. The aims of the NPOP, inter alia, include the following: (a) To provide the means of evaluation of certification programme for organic agriculture and products (including wild harvest, aquaculture, livestock products) as per the approved criteria. (b) To accredit certification programmes of Certification Bodies seeking accreditation under this programme. (c) To facilitate certification of organic products in conformity with the NSOP. (d) To facilitate certification of organic products in conformity with the importing countries organic standards as per equivalence agreement between the two countries or as per importing country requirements. (f) To encourage the development of organic farming and organic processing.
EU Recognition Programmes:
EU Equivalence Programme (INDOCERT Organic Standards for Non- EU Country Operators)
As per the EU organic regulations (EC) No. 834/2007 and 889/2008 requirements , INDOCERT developed “INDOCERT Organic standards for non- EU country operators” which is called in short as “INDOCERT Organic Standards”. INDOCERT Organic Standards 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.
The language of the INDOCERT Organic Standards closely follows 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.
INDOCERT is accredited for the scope of unprocessed plant products (Sri Lanka), processed agricultural products for the use as food and feed (India) according to the certification program of INDOCERT.
Documents related to EU Recognition programme
EU Compliance (Regulation EU 2018/848)
Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labeling of organic products came into force on January 1st , 2022. Hence the certification bodies (CBs) and operators under the EU equivalence scheme need transition to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 by December 31, 2024. The secondary legislation was developed in the following years, with the last secondary regulations published in the EU Official Journal on 29 December 2021. Therefore, the rules will be exactly the same for a producer inside and outside the European Union. This means that third-country CB organic standards (e.g. “IOS” – “INDOCERT Organic Standards”) will no longer apply and will be replaced by compliance with the new regulation.
So, INDOCERT is in the process of transitioning to EU complaince and the process will be completed before the stipulated timeline .All EU-certified operators need to switch their EU certification program from EU equivalence to EU compliance.
During the transition period, INDOCERT will carry out the inspections based on INDOCERT Organic Standards as well as based on EU Compliance regulation (EU) 2018/848. However the certificates based on EU Compliance regulation will be issued only after recognition of INDOCERT from the EU Commission for EU Compliance.
To find out the latest details about this new regulation, please follow the links below the European Commission’s website.
Great Britain Organic Standard
INDOCERT, is recognised by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), United Kingdom to certify organic products according to INDOCERT organic standards for Great Britain. From 1st Jan 2023 onwards the operator who likes to export to Great Britain needs to obtain separate certification based on ‘INDOCERT organic standards for Export to Great Britain’.
INDOCERT is recognised to certify the following categories of products equivalent to the Great Britain organic standard.
- Category A: Unprocessed plant products
- Category D: Processed agricultural products for use as food
- Category E: Processed agricultural products to use as feed
Swiss Equivalent Control Body
INDOCERT is also included in the Swiss list of Control Bodies that can provide equivalent guarantees for products produced in accordance with the Swiss Ordinance of Organic Farming. This equivalent guarantee is for products certified as per INDOCERT Organic Standards for Non-EU Country Operators.
USDA NOP standard
Operators who want to export their products to the United States should comply with the requirements of the National Organic Program, known as NOP. NOP is the US organic regulation issued by the USDA, United States Department of Agriculture. INDOCERT offering NOP Certification in collaboration with bio-inspecta Switzerland. The scope of certification includes Crop Production, ICS, Handling(Processing/Trade), Wild Collection.
For more details please visit:- https://www.bio–
Please complete the registration form of bio-inspecta NOP certification (if you are interested). Please use the link below and send it back to INDOCERT
INDOCERT, is accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the recommendation of IOAS to certify agricultural products, packaging and labelling activities as organic in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 13 of the Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations with effect from 14th July 2021.
INDOCERT is accredited to certify food commodities as organic and issue certificates for packaging and labelling activities, in accordance with the requirements set out in Division 4, Part 13 of the Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations and the requirements outlined in the Canada Organic Regime Operating Manual.
The Accreditation scope of INDOCERT includes:
- CAN/CGSB-32.310-Organic production systems: General principles and management standards.
- CAN/CGSB-32.311-Organic production systems: Permitted substances lists Categories covered by the scope (list the only those that apply)
Please check the link for standards.
- Crop production
- Livestock feed
- Specialized production: wild crops
- Processed products (processed agricultural products)