Organic Farming

Relations with non EU countries

Relations with non EU countries

The European Union (EU) has recognised several third countries as having equivalent organic production rules and control systems. Some third countries have also recognised the EU as equivalent through equivalence arrangements. These recognitions and arrangements enable European consumers to choose from a wide range of organic products whilst providing export opportunities for EU producers.

Third countries recognised by the EU are listed in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008. These countries are the following:

Additionally, the EU has equivalence arrangements with a number of  third countries (Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA, Norway and Iceland), meaning that both parties have recognised each other's organic production rules and control systems as equivalent under their respective rules.

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 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)

Trade opportunities depend on the specific arrangement the EU has with each third country.

Certifying organic production for export to the EU

Has your organic product not been grown or processed in one of the above-listed countries?

The European Union recognises 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 import of organic products into the EU. Please contact individual control bodies for more information.

View the list of recognised control authorities or bodies by name of control body

Further information on imports:

How to import organic products into the European Union

How to become a recognised control body or control authority

How to expand the geographical scope of your recognition as recognized control body

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

How to export from EU to other Countries


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.