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Relations with non EU countries

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.

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The EU and these third countries have recognised each other's organic production rules and control systems as equivalent under their respective rules[1]. 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 Choose translations of the previous link , Australia Choose translations of the previous link , Canada Choose translations of the previous link , Costa Rica Choose translations of the previous link , India Choose translations of the previous link , Israel Choose translations of the previous link , Japan Choose translations of the previous link , New Zealand Choose translations of the previous link , Switzerland Choose translations of the previous link , Tunisia Choose translations of the previous link  and the United States of America Choose translations of the previous link  as well as members of the European Economic Area Choose translations of the previous link  (Norway and Iceland)

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.

View list of recognized control bodies by countriespdf(29 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

View list of recognized control bodies by name of control bodypdf(159 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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.

List of Member States' competent authoritiespdf

For more information on imports, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions on import of organic products into the EU.

How to import organic products into the European Union Choose translations of the previous link 

How to become a recognized control body or control authority Choose translations of the previous link 

How to expand the geographical scope of your recognition as recognized control body Choose translations of the previous link 

How to extend the scope of your recognition as a recognised control body/authority to an additional product category Choose translations of the previous link 

How to export from EU to other Countries Choose translations of the previous link 


[1] 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.