Australian Organic no long provides certification services. For a full list of certification bodies that can provide organic certification services in Australia, see the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment’s website.
Learn more about the different certification bodies, certification standards and best practices within Australia.
What is the difference between Australian Organic and a certification body?
Australian Organic Limited is an industry body representing Australian certifiers (certification bodies) and certified operators. Australian Organic no longer provides certification services, however owns its own private organic standard, called the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS). Australian Organic licenses certification bodies to use the ACOS and Bud logo as part of their certification services. Australian Organic no longer requires certification services.
Licensed certification bodies ensure their organic operators are adhering to the Certification Rules and relevant Standards. All Department of Agriculture approved organic certification bodies ensure compliance with the relevant standards which allows trace back of all products to their origin. If you require certification services or more information, we recommend you speak to one of the six Government approved organic certification bodies in Australia.
How long does it take to become certified organic?
The certification process for a farm can take 1-3 years depending on past use of synthetic chemicals and achieving organic outcomes.
What does in-conversion mean?
In-conversion is the period of time a farmer goes through before they can be fully certified organic. It’s like training wheels – they’re transitioning to certified organic. During the in-conversion period they must adhere to the Standard to which they are being certified to.
In-conversion farmers cannot use prohibited synthetic chemicals and other inputs, livestock must be free to range on natural pasture, with no use of antibiotics, hormones or GMO to name a few of the requirements. They are also audited every year and products that are in-conversion are sold with a stippled logo such as the Australian Certified Organic In-Conversion logo.
Why should a company become certified organic?
There are many reasons why a company might consider becoming certified organic. For example, 55% of organic buyers now look for certification logo to check product is organic, and 51% of organic buyers increased their allocation of household food spending on organics over the past year.
By becoming certified, businesses can assure their customers that they are investing in truly organic products - showing a committment to quality produce and ethical, sustainable practices.
Is certification for me?
Certification is a financial, long-term commitment and must be looked at as a commercial investment rather than just a way your business can support the industry. If you are dedicated to the certification process (which includes detailed record keeping, annual auditing and inspections) then certification can provide financial benefits in the long-run.
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