Chair: Owen Gwilliam
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The Standards Advisory Group is convened from time to time to consider applications made to Australian Organic Ltd for interpretations, or alterations to the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS).
Membership of the Group is not fixed, as industry experts are called upon on an as-needs basis. The Group is chaired by Owen Gwilliam, our Chief Technical Officer, who also has the responsibility for upkeep of the ACOS. Wherever possible, the ACOS is kept aligned with the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce, which is maintained separately, via the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE), the Organic Industry Standards and Certification Council (OISCC), and their subcommittee, the National Standards Subcommittee (NSSC).
The Advisory Group worked during 2019 predominantly on GMO definition updates, harmonising cosmetic requirements, improving alignment with the National Standard, and drought feeding exemptions to support our industry. Work during 2020 thus far has focused on reducing ambiguity, maintaining market access, and paving the way for Domestic Regulation.