Organic Certification in the European Union
The European Union's organic food market is a thriving and dynamic sector characterized by strong consumer demand for organic products. With a commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, the EU's organic food industry has experienced significant growth in recent years. The EU boasts stringent regulations and certification standards, ensuring the authenticity and quality of organic products.
The European market for organic food and beverages is anticipated to witness substantial growth to a projected USD 239.90 billion by 2028.¹ Retail sales of organic food within the European Union were approximately USD 47 billion in 2021, as per estimates, representing the second largest market for organic products after the United States².
We provide organic certification to the EU organic standards for producers, processors, distributors, traders and warehouses based on Regulation (EU) 2018/848 legislation.
Where the regulations apply
The EU organic regulations are effective in the 27 member nations of the EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Following Brexit, the EU organic regulations are still recognized in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have systems that are comparable to the EU system.
About Equivalency Agreements
Under the U.S.-EU Equivalency Arrangement, U.S. and EU organic products are allowed to be exported to each region provided the products were not produced using antibiotics. Visit the USDA website to learn more about the arrangement.
Under the Canada-EU Equivalency Arrangement, Canadian organic products with all their ingredients grown in Canada may enter the EU market. Visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website to learn more about the arrangement.
For Canadian COR-certified companies looking to export to the EU, that do not meet the arrangement’s exclusions, we can verify your organic operation under the Equivalent European Union Organic Production & Processing Standard for Third Countries.
Marking your products
The Euro leaf mark may be used by companies certified to European organic standards. While the mark is mandatory for pre-packaged food made in the European Union, it is optional for operators based outside of the EU. If you choose to use the European leaf mark, it must be placed on the product, with the certifier code number and origin of the raw ingredients in the same visual field as the mark. Please visit the European Commission EU Organic Logo web page to learn more.
¹ EUROPE ORGANIC FOOD AND BEVERAGES report, Mordor Intelligence.
² Organic Eprints