Important changes have been made to the organic certification of non-food products to the EU Organic Regulation. ACO has been informed by our control body that non-food products (such as essential oils) can no longer be certified organic under the EU Organic Regulation as these regulations now only cover food products. This change is one ACO has to enact as it is a requirement imposed by the control body that allows us to offer certification services to the EU Regulations.
What this change means for you if you have non-food products listed as EU certified organic:
– Non-food products (essential oils etc.) will no longer be certified organic to the “EU” on your certificates of compliance;
– Any exports of non-food products to the European Union will have to go on a transaction certificate stating compliance with the ACO Standard rather than the EU Regulation;
– Labels and product approvals for non-food products given to the EU Regulations are no longer valid;
– You must cease using the EU logo on any product labelling, marketing materials or otherwise for any non-food products.
If you believe your products can be classified as food products (such as natural flavours or similar) you may have these products certified organic under the EU Regulation if you are able to supply documentation to this effect. Please contact Janine or Jenny via email (by clicking on their names), or phone (07) 3350 5706 to obtain further information. For products not meeting this requirement, please request the updated Transaction Certificate and accompanying letter.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact ACO Exports contacts above for clarification.