New EU Regulation for organic production in agriculture

On January 1, with the entry of the new year, it has also meant the entry into application of the new EU regulation for organic production. From Defeder, we want to inform our agricultural readers about these new changes.

During this 2022 there will be the coexistence of both certificates due to the fact that the end of validity of certificates issued under the previous standard (Regulation (CE) 834/2007) is 12/31/2022. The inspections carried out by the Control Body/Authority after the annual visit will be based on the new standard. The organic operator will be certified to the new standard after completing the first full annual inspection.

Inside of the area of application there are changes in the product categories, classified as follows:

  • Category A: unprocessed plants and plant products, including seeds and other plant reproductive material.
  • Category B: livestock and unprocessed livestock products.
  • Category C: algae and raw aquaculture products.
  • Category D: Processed agricultural products, including aquaculture products, for use as food.
  • Category E: feed.
  • Category F: wine.
  • Category G: other products

Salt, cotton, untreated wool, cork, yeast and essential oils are included as new products. And as new crops and production considerations appear potted plants, germinated seeds, sprouts, mushrooms and wild collection, buds, endive...

The production standards they look modified. The production of eco and non-eco units on the same surface is not allowed, except for nurseries and producers of seeds and reproduction material. Rules are established for the commercialization and sale of ecological heterogeneous material. However, in Spain its use depends on general regulations that allow its commercialization.

For control and certify correct performance, there are also changes in the inspection. As of 2025, only if the Competent Authority allows it and only for exceptional situations (low risk operators and no deviations in the last 3 years), physical inspections could be replaced by documentary audits up to a maximum period of 24 months. The certificate of conformity undergoes changes to adapt to the requirements of the new regulation.

All organic operators are required to update their self-monitoring system to adapt. For this reason, since Defeder We provide you with all the details that you have to take into account about this regulation.