U.S. - EUROPEAN UNION ARRANGEMENT

A historical equivalence agreement for Organic products

US and EU have reached an historical agreement to permit to EU operators certified to the EU organic standard (REC 834/2007 and implementation rules) to label and sell as organic their products in US and to US operations certified to the National organic standard to label and sell their products as organic in European member states without mandatory certification according to the standard of the destination country.


This arrangement’s application started on June 1st 2012.

On EU side, it is ruled by REU 126/2012 amending annex III of RCE 1235/2008 which include USA in the list of third countries whose system of production and control measures for organic production of agricultural products are recognized as equivalent to EU organic standard. It also includes a list of certification bodies recognized to carry out controls in USA including Ecocert SA.On US side, it has been posted on USDA website with interesting FAQs and additional information.

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For ELIXENS France - PRODUCTS INVOLVED

This equivalence pertains to all our organic products grown in the EU and those whose final stage of distillation has taken place in our accredited production sites. This also applies to processed products containing certified organic ingredients under European Regulation but from other countries.
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LABELING INFO

According to the two official certification bodies, the EU organic seal and the USDA seal can be used for products sold on the market under the terms of this arrangement. If a label contains the organic seal of the country where it will be sold, the rules for use of the seal must be respected site .