Export Markets outside USA and Japan
At present all AQIS accredited certified organic produce is accepted for entry into the EU, based upon an equivalence arrangement between the EU and the Australian Government.
For most categories of goods, specific certification arrangements are required for entry into the USA and Japan. The USDA operates the National Organic Program (NOP) and Japan operates the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS).
China has recently announced a requirement for Chinese certification, and most organic goods will need to be recertified by an approved Chinese certification organisation.
Canada is also in the process of creating a national regulation, and it is likely that an equivalency arrangement will be negotiated with Australia, for the trade in organic produce and products between the two countries.
A number of smaller Asian and South American countries are also developing national regulations.
It is always preferable to the organic industry that equivalency arrangements can be negotiated with these marketplaces, but growers, processors and traders with an interest in export markets are advised to watch this space for further developments.
Accreditation to the IFOAM Standard, via the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) currently applies to most operators in the NASAA and ACO certification system. IOAS accreditation does not in itself constitute formal recognition as a certified organic product by many governments, however it can be an important tool for gaining the confidence of organic buyers in many countries.
ISO 65 accreditation is a possible alternative route to recognition of certified organic products in some marketplaces, and this service is available from the IOAS or other ISO 65 accreditation sources.
CanadaFrom December 14, 2008 Canada will officially implement its new organic standards under a series of regulations and administrative rules referred to as the "Canadian Organic Regime" or "COR".
Canadian authorities have stated that all products entering Canada should meet the COR after this date. According to Canadian authorities, there will be a transition period for products in the "stream of commerce" (i.e. landed in Canada prior to December 09) but all newly produced and exported products will have to meet the Canadian Organic Standards.
It is unclear exactly what the final policy will be for Canadian organic imports after December 14, 2008 as key standards are under revision and a final transition policy has not been publicized.
In the meantime, worldwide CB™s who are seeking market access for their clients need to prepare an application for accreditation. Unlike the NOP accreditation procedures in the US, the Canadian authority will entrust the practical accreditation process to a number of recognised certification bodies that will be referred to as Conformity Verification Bodies (CVB). In other words, CB™s interested in applying for accreditation must apply directly to one of the approved CVB™s. The list of approved CVB™s will be published after the COR is implemented