The European Union has equivalence arrangements with several third countries to facilitate the exchange of organic products. These arrangements enable European consumers to choose from a wide range of organic products whilst providing export opportunities for EU producers.
The EU and these third countries have recognised each other's organic production rules and control systems as equivalent under their respective rules. This type of recognition is referred to as an "equivalence arrangement".
Trade opportunities depend on the specific arrangement the European Union has with each third country:
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United States of America as well as members of the European Economic Area (Norway and Iceland)
Third countries who may wish to apply for recognition of equivalency should use the Standard form of the request for inclusion in the Standard form of the request for inclusion in the list of equivalent third countries .
Certifying organic production for export to the EU
Is your organic production not covered by one of the trade arrangements the EU has with the above-listed countries?
The European Union has accepted control authorities or control bodies for certifying organic production outside the Union according to equivalent production rules.
These authorities or bodies are authorised to issue documentary evidence attesting that organic products and organic operators comply with organic rules equivalent to those of the EU as well as certificates of inspection for export of organic products to the EU. Please contact individual control bodies for more information.
The product or the country you seek to export from is not covered by the list of recognised control bodies?
The competent authorities of the EU Member States can until 30 June 2014 grant an import authorisation for organic products produced according to organic rules equivalent to those of the EU. Please contact the competent authority of the Member State in which the importer is located.
For more information on imports, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions on import of organic products into the EU.
 In the EU, these rules are set out in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 ( OJ L 189, 20.7.2007, p. 1–23) and Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control ( OJ L 250, 18.9.2008, p. 1–84)
DISCLAIMER: This document has been conceived as an informative document. It does not intend to produce legally binding effects and by its nature does not prejudice any measures taken by the Commission or by a Member states within the implementing prerogatives under European Union legislation, nor any case law developed with regard to such legislation.