Stricter controls are being introduced on imports of organic products from third countries into the EU, Organicts.com reports this week.
From next July 1st (not April as previously advised,) import procedures will be harmonised throughout the EU. For each consignment an original "certificate of inspection for import of products from organic production" must be submitted to and endorsed by the authority of the Member State.
Officials from the authority will check the certificate and endorse it after which the good will be able to enter into free circulation within the EU. The certificate of inspection does not need to physically accompany the goods. It must be produced by the approved authority or inspection body in the third country from where the goods are exported. It may be for more than one product but must cover the whole consignment.
If there are difficulties with establishing the organic nature of the products or the goods are found not to comply with the organic requirements the goods may only be released into free circulation if all references to organic production are removed.