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Please note the IOAS new address as of 8th February 2019:

IOAS, 122 1/2 Broadway N Ste 100 #45853
Fargo, North Dakota 58102-5082

Tel: +1 701-353-3353

IOAS Official notices issued on Operator-transfer-EU and Internal audit frequency

IOAS Official notices have been issued 2018-1 Operator-transfer-EU and 2018-2 Internal audit frequency. Please click on the titles to see the notices for full details or view our Official notices section.

IOAS Growing Organic Trust project

The first session on "Growing Organic Trust"  the long-term initiative spearheaded by IOAS took place at BioFach, Germany 2019.  

Organics has grown dramatically in the last 40 years. Growth and success has brought new challenges, new opportunities but also threats.

The IOAS  20th Anniversary Seminar, ‘Organic Inspection and Certification 2025’, held in India in November 2017, brought together key actors from the organic sector to explore and discuss the status of organic inspection and certification, with the aim of identifying deficiencies and developing an action plan to help tackle them.

The Biofach session was the first step to engage with all sectors of the organic movement to further strengthen the integrity of organic certification, to reward good performance and to combat fraud.

We have had lots of positive feedback and interest from many parties and are now reviewing the next steps required to further the Growing Organic Trust project.

Further information if you missed the session is available on our website along with the full Improving control report.


EU News

EU court ruling – Organic logo requires animals for slaughter to be stunned
The European Union court has ruled that the EU organic food logo cannot be used on meat derived from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with religious rites without first being stunned.

Further information is available form the Court of Justice.

EU DG Agri additional controls related to imports of organic products from China and Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russian Federation

EU DG AGRI have issued two guidelines that define specific additional controls that must be implemented in the respective countries throughout 2019 for China and for Ukraine, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Moldova.

Copies of the the guidelines can be found in the IOAS Information Centre Official Notification section.

Guidelines on Additional Official Controls on Products originating from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russian Federation (revised)

Guidelines on Additional Official Controls on Products originating from China


COR News

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are in force as of Jan 15, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into effect.The COR Operating Manual  was amended (V16 as of January 15, 2019).Please note that the COR manual is posted on the new SFCR page under the Organic Products page.All the information regarding the Canada Organic Regime is maintained on the CFIA Organic Products page in English and in French.

The CFIA_ACIA - #11513147 - v1 - SCANNED Letter to the CVBs and the CBs re Implementation of the revsied COR Operating Manual 2019 is available on the IOAS website.

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