EU agrees to recognise UK organic standards until 31 December 2023

UK growers are happy about the news that the agreed UK-EU trade deal includes an agreement on organic equivalence; this means the EU has agreed to recognise the UK as equivalent for organics until 31 December 2023. Earlier, the European Commission’s already decided that the UK’s six organic certification bodies will be recognised as having equivalent organic standards.

The UK is the world’s ninth largest organic market and sales of organic produce to the EU are worth £225 mln every year. This recognition will ensure continued access to vital EU and Northern Irish markets and bring certainty to producers.

NFU organic forum chair Andrew Burgess told “We welcome the news that the trade deal included a technical annex on organic equivalence, meaning the EU and UK have agreed equivalency in organics until 31 December 2023.

Exports to the EU have and always will be an important part of the UK organic supply chain and to be able to continue to export to that key market is a huge relief. This will provide longer-term certainty for those organic businesses who have been concerned about losing this valuable export market.”

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