NOP – 834/07 EQUIVALENCY ARRANGEMENT
On 01 June 2012 is come into force the equivalence arrangement between US and European Union (EU). This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic operations certified to the USDA organic or EU organic standards may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries.
Scope. Beginning June 1, 2012, the equivalence arrangement only covers products exported from and certified in the United States or the European Union.
Requirements. The following limitations apply to organic agricultural products traded under the arrangement:
The following U.S. organic products may not be exported to the EU
Crops produced using antibiotics (streptomycin for fire blight control in apples and pears).
The following EU organic products may not be exported to the U.S.
Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics.
Aquatic animals (e.g. fish, shellfish).
Documentation – EU Organic Products. An EU-accredited certifying agent must complete a U.S. import certificate for all EU organic products traded under the arrangement.
U.S. Import Certificate and Instructions
Labeling Requirements. For retail products, labels or stickers must state the name of the U.S. or EU certifying agent and may use the USDA Organic seal or the EU organic logo. Exported products must meet the labeling requirements in the destination country.
Labels have to be approved by ICEA.
Wine is included on the agreement but wine has to be in conformity with each requirement of NOP rule:
-use of sulfur dioxide (potassium metabisulfite is not allowed)
-total sufite is 100 mg/l
-each adjuvant use on wine has to be allowed by NOP rule
Companies that doesn’t want the NOP certification any more, have to submit a written declaration to ICEA.
For company outside the European union, there are any changes: they need the NOP certification to export organic products in USA.
Ufficio Export ICEA