Australian Organic is here to guide and inform consumers about how to purchase 100% honest organic products and what certified organic really means. The Australian Certified Organic Standard is the rulebook for businesses certified with Australian Certified Organic. Have a look at it if you want to know what it means to be certified organic.
The Standard is reviewed every three years to ensure it meets industry expectations and changes with new practices and research. It applies to a range of organic businesses - food and drink, cosmetic, fibre, farmers, processors, retailers and manufacturers of certified organic ingredients.
Although there are national organic and biodynamic standards set by the Australian Government, as an organic certifier Australian Certified Organic is required to have its own standard.
As one of the strictest standards in Australia, the Australian Certified Organic Standard brings together the requirements of national and international relevant standards so consumers have a simple choice when buying organic produce.
The high quality of the Australian Certified Organic Standard has earned equivalence with a number of international organic standards, including the European Union, for livestock and wine export, whereas Australia’s national organic standard hasn’t been able to achieve this.
The Standard is upheld by regular and random annual audits of certified organic companies and products holding organic certification.