The Decision appointing the members of the expert group for technical advice on organic production and drawing up the pool list has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, series C, of 31 August 2017.
The names are listed in the annexes to the Decision.
The evolution of the techniques and methods and the development of new rules in organic farming and processing could require amendments of the EU organic standard after duly evaluation.
A high degree of specialisation is required for this complex and time-consuming exercise of evaluation and systematic updating of the standard.
In order to pursue this activity, the Commission may need technical advice; in the past, this was provided by ad-hoc expert groups working on a temporary basis (see section ad-hoc expert group's recommendations).
To rationalize this work, Action n. 11 of the European Action Plan for organic food and farming foresees the setting up of a group of experts for technical advice in the field of organic production.
Commission Decision 2009/427/EC, establishing the expert group for technical advice on organic production, is the first step towards the implementation of Action 11 of the European Action Plan for organic food and farming. Further steps include the publication of a call for applications with a view to select the relevant experts, followed by appointment of the experts and the setting up of the pool list.
The expert group will ensure an easy and systematic access to highly qualified technical expertise in a wide range of fields related to organic production. In particular, the group will also deliver independent, excellent and transparent technical advice to the Commission.