New EU rules introducing a system of electronic certification for imported organic products have been published by the European Commission will be applied in 6 months.
Following recommendations from the Court of Auditors and a request from Member State Ministers in 2011 to address concerns about monitoring the movements of organic products and the consistency of import checks, the new rules are aimed at improving the traceability of organic products (thereby enhancing food safety provisions) and reducing potential fraud.
The changes are also expected to reduce the administrative burden for operators and authorities, and provide much more comprehensive statistical data on organic imports.
Speaking today, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “I warmly welcome this modernisation of our system for monitoring organic imports. This will not only serve as a considerable simplification for operators and thereby facilitate trade, but also further boost consumer confidence in organic products.”