How rules for producing, processing, labelling and trading organic food will change from 1 January 2021 with the Brexit.

Brexit and organic food trade

How will the Brexit affect organic

If you produce, process, label or trade in organic food and feed in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), you’ll have to follow Great Britain rules from 1 January 2021.

Great Britain organic standards will be similar to the EU’s. In fact, Great Britain will recognise the EU as equivalent for the purpose of trade in organics until 31 December 2021, but products certified as organic in Great Britain will no longer use the European green leaf as an identifying logo.

the equivalence between the British and European regulations will be maintained for next year

On the one hand, food and feed registered as organic in the EU will continue to be accepted as organic in the UK until 31 December 2021. On the other hand, the EU will decide whether to continue accepting food and feed registered in the UK as organic from 1 January 2021.

However, in terms of international trade, the most significant thing is that the equivalence between the British and European regulations will be maintained for next year, so that any product made in the EU under the protection of European regulations will continue to be accepted as organic in Great Britain until December 2021.

Certificates and labels

You’ll still need to be certified by an approved UK organic control body if you produce, process or import organic food for trade within the UK. You also must include details of your organic control body on the label of organic food you produce, process, sell or import.

Using organic logos

You must not use the EU organic logo on any UK organic food or feed from 1 January 2021, unless either:

Some non-EU countries may require an export certificate for each consignment

Organic Regulation Euro Hoja Reglamento sobre alimentación ecológica Reglament sobre alimentació ecològica reglamento de producción ecológica Reglament de producció ecològica El Consejo de la UE aprueba el nuevo reglamento de producción ecológica nou reglament de producció ecològica
Euro Leaf, the EU organic logo

Importing organic food to GB

You will no longer use the EU’s Trade Control and Expert System New Technology (TRACES NT) to import organic food and feed. Instead, you’ll use an interim manual UK organic import system from 1 January 2021.

All your imported organic goods must have a certificate of inspection (CoI). You will not neeed a CoI if you’re moving goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

Exporting organic food to the EU

You will not be able to export organic food or feed to the EU, unless either:

  • Your UK control body is authorised by the EU to certify UK goods for export to the EU
  • The UK and the EU agree to recognise each other’s standards (called equivalency)

Exporting organic food to non-EU countries

Some non-EU countries may require an export certificate for each consignment. You should check with the country you’re exporting to. Trading rules should stay the same for countries that accept UK goods without an equivalency arrangement (an agreement to accept each other’s standards).

The EU has equivalency arrangements with some non-EU countries. This guide will publish details of any trade agreements that the UK agrees with other EU countries to continue trading from 1 January 2021.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will contact importers and food manufacturers if any trade agreements change.

Different exporting rules may apply if equivalency is not agreed between the UK and non-EU countries from 1 January 2021. Contact the exporting control body in the country you’re importing food from. Defra will publish any changes in this guide.

Source and further information here.

Subscribe to our Newsletter and be up to date with the latest news from the Organic Sector

Bio Eco Actual, International Organic Newspaper
Read Bio Eco Actual



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here