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“To promote the ethical standards of organic agriculture.”

The problem

Originally, organic farming was a localised, self-regulating practice driven by distinct ethical values. Over the past two decades, it has undergone significant growth and development of an international organic industry and trade. There are, however, a variety of different standards, labels and certification bodies which makes it confusing for consumers, traders and the organic farming industry. An updated and improved Regulation 2092/91 will help harmonise standards across Europe and increase consumer confidence.

New 2092/91  Revising organic standards for Regulation 2092/91


New 2092/91 will help update EU Regulation 2092/91 and other standards for organic agriculture by:

  • Identifying the basic ethical values and value differences of organic agriculture across Europe
  • Comparing the organic standards of national and private organisations across Europe
  • Develop proposals for future harmonisations through a new EU Regulation
  • Compile good practice guidance on how to achieve 100% organic rations in diets for livestock
  • Develop good practice guidelines on how to reduce the use of seed and vegetative propagation materials from conventional sources in organic farming

Contribution to policy development:

  • New 2092/91 will support the Commission in preparing proposed revisions of EU regulations on organic standards in agriculture.
  • The project will enhance the coordination of research in support of organic standards regulations at farm level.
  • The project will help establish and promote common ethical standards for organic farming across member states.

Project deliverables

  • Report on seed-borne diseases in organic seed and propagation material – April 2005
  • Current standards among organic stakeholders – May 2005
  • Constraints on the supply of amino acids in relation to different objectives and types of livestock production – September 2005
  • The importance of quality characterising in organic seed and propagation material – April 2006
  • Comparison of EU Regulation 2092/91 with Member States’ legislation – September 2006
  • Ethical values in organic agriculture– July 2006
  • Criteria list and evaluation guide for derogation regime – January 2007
  • Final report – March 2007


  • Project website – throughout project
  • Multi-stakeholder workshops to discuss progress and proposals – at the end of year 1, 2 and 3

Technical information

Project acronym: EEC 2092/91 revision
Project’s official full title: Research to support revision of the EU Regulation on organic agriculture
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 502397
Start date: 1 March 2004
Kick off meeting: March 2004
Completion date: March 2007

Coordinator: Erik Steen Kristensen
Name: Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming
Abbreviated name: DARCOF/DIAS
Address: P.O. Box 50, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele,
Country: Denmark
Tel: +45 89 99 19 00
Fax: +45 89 99 16 73


Name: Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau
Abbreviated name: FiBL
Country: Germany         

Name:University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Abbreviated name: UWA
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica
Abbreviated name: AIAB
Country: Italy

Name: IFOAM EU regional group
Abbreviated name: IFOAM EU
Country: United Kingdom  

Name: Louis Bolk Instituut
Abbreviated name: LBI
Country: Netherlands

Name: University of Kassel  

Abbreviated name: UNKA
Country: Germany  

Name: Bundesanstalt für alpenländische Landwirtschaft
Abbreviated name: BAL
Country: Austria

Name: Lund University
Abbreviated name: ULUND
Country: Sweden