Unveiling the Future Rules for Group Certification in Organic Farming!
IFOAM – Organics International together with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) hosted the third and final webinar on 13 July 2023 to unveil the completed version of the “IFOAM Guidance & Explanation of Group Certification Requirements” according to the New EU Organic Regulation 2018/848.
We were delighted to welcome over 800 diverse participants to this event, with over 1400 registered to view the recording and receive the presentation. The guidance was presented by Florentine Meinshausen from FiBL while the whole event was moderated by Vladyslav Zhmailo and Te-Chun Chen from IFOAM - Organics International.
Watch the webinar here!
While most attendees were from certification bodies, processors, and traders, we also had representatives from governments, donor agencies, farmer organisations and farmers. This diverse mix of perspectives is crucial for addressing challenges and opportunities in the organic sector. Many participants expressed the view that the new regulation’ requirement will present significant challenges, and they stress the importance of additional support to overcome these difficulties.
Given that the new regulation won’t change at this point, the main aim of the webinar was to provide a much-needed simplified explanation and guidance on the new EU rules specifically for smallholder groups. But moving forward IFOAM - Organics International will continue to highlight and address the raised concerns and provide guidance or links to new resources as they become available to support our members and stakeholders.
Recording and Slides
For comprehensive insights, interested parties are encouraged to review the full webinar recording here. The webinar slides with the guidance PDF are also available here. Further information and resources can be accessed through the official websites of IFOAM - Organics International.
A special thanks to Te-Chun Chen, Florentine Meinshausen with Vladyslav Zhmailo for their contribution to this article.
This event and the guidance were prepared within the project Organic Trade for Development implemented by IFOAM - Organics International together with FiBL, IFOAM Organics Europe and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation with support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.