EU organic regulation

EU organic regulation

In 2018, the Council of the EU approved Regulation (EU) 2018/848, which sets out the principles, objectives and comprehensive rules for organic farming and defining how organic products should be labelled. This Regulation replaced Regulation (EU) No 834/2007 to be applied, as from 1 January 2022, supplemented by a number of Commission Delegated Regulations and Implementing Regulations relating to the production, sale and marketing of organic products.

All these legislative acts are the legal basis that govern whether goods can be marketed as organic within the EU, including those that have been imported from non-EU countries. The regulations also define how and when the EU organic logo can be used. There are additional specific regulations governing aquaculture and wine production.

Benefit to customer

Organic farming is an agricultural method that aims to produce food using natural substances and processes. This means that organic farming tends to have a limited environmental impact.

Principles

The European Commission has adopted several regulations on the production, distribution and marketing of organic goods.

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EC current consolidated version

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Regulation 848/2018

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