Usda Organic International Agreements

The United States has an equivalency agreement with the European Union (EU). This means that, as long as the terms of the agreement are met, organic farms certified according to USDA organic or organic EU standards can be labelled and sold as organic in both countries. See requirements for USDA organic products exported to Canada on the Canadian government website. The United States has an export trade relationship with Taiwan. This agreement allows USDA organic products to be sold as organic products in Taiwan. APEDA maintains this list of accredited certification bodies (pdf). Information on the identification of certification bodies approved under the U.S.-India Recognition Agreement is included in the „Validity of Current Accreditation“ and „Accreditation Extended“ columns. Certification bodies accredited under the recognition agreement must be accredited to Indian and USDA biological standards. The specified level of accreditation is listed as NPOP and USDA NOP, and their current accreditation must be valid. The United States of America has an equivalency agreement with Taiwan. This means that organic products certified to USDA or Taiwan Bio standards can be labelled and sold as organic in both countries, provided the products meet the terms of the agreement.

EXPORTs of USDA organic products. BIO products exported to Canada must be accompanied by a biological certificate issued by a USDA-accredited certification body and recognized in accordance with the terms of the U.S.-Canada equivalency agreement. The biological certificate issued by the USDA certification date must include the following certificate: Organic equivalence is mandatory when two countries recognize the other country`s organic program as equivalent. If two countries are equivalent, organic products can be sold in both countries with a single organic certification. For U.S. exporters, this reduces the number of certifications they have to manage. The United States has an equivalency agreement with Canada. The equivalency agreement allows USDA-certified organic products to enter the Canadian market and provide access to the U.S. market for Canada Organic Regime (COR) certified organic products.

Certified products can be labelled and sold as organic in both countries if the product meets the terms of the agreement. First, foreign governments seeking organic equivalence with the United States turn to the USDA to request a determination of equivalence. The country provides information on its organic system, including the organization that manages the organic program, its organic standards and how it ensures that standards are met (compliance assessment). The country also contains a description of the crops or products for which equivalence is requested (for example. B, all agricultural products, animal products, plant products). The USDA reviews requests for organic equivalence from foreign governments on the basis of the availability of budget and resources. If the USDA wants to move forward, the foreign government is asked to provide a detailed comparison between its organic system and the USDA system.