Certification according to EU Regulation
The organic production distinguishes between organic plant
production and animal husbandry.
For bee-keeping and mushroom production there are special requirements.
Detailed production rules can be found in Council Regulation 889/2008,
laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation
Please check the website of the EU
Regulation 834/2007 for further details.
Here you can look for further details of the EU
BCS has developed the BCS control criteria
that help interpret the EU Regulation. They apply only outside
of Europe (third countries). There are control criteria for the
The BCS control criteria can be ordered in your BCS office.
- Buffer zones
- Seeds and propagation materials
In principle, growing and processing of organic products in third
countries (countries outside the EU) also have to be in compliance with
the regulations of the respective country. For EU Regulation this is
demanded under the aspect of equality.
Which products require inspection?
- Unprocessed agricultural crop products, also livestock and
unprocessed livestock products – i.e. grain, oilseed,
vegetables, meat products and sausages, and calves; moreover plants
from wild collection – such as shrubbery, wild berries and mushrooms
– require inspection, when they are put on the market as
- Processed agricultural crop and livestock products intended
for human consumption – such as i.e. parfaits and spreads,
farinaceous food, deep-frozen vegetable produce. This does not apply to
cosmetics and medicines.
- Animal feed – i.e. concentrated feed mixtures for
How often will inspections take place?
The monitoring plan requires at least one (announced)
inspection per year for farms and companies involved in organic
production complemented by random spot checks.
Who has to be inspected?
The monitoring plan for organic products distinguishes three
- producers of agricultural organic products
- processing companies for organic products
- exporters of organic products
Here you find a list of operators with certification according to EU Regulation.
List of certified companies in Germany
Here you find a list of german operators with certification according to EU Regulation.