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What is organic legislation comprised of?

The laws and regulations for the organic production of food products, animal foods, plants, and flower bulbs is laid down in legislative texts and regulations.

• the European organic regulation,
• the Dutch Agricultural Quality Act
• the regulations of Skal Biocontrole.

These documents set out the requirements which organic production and label indications must meet and also explain how supervision of this is regulated. Skal Biocontrole is the control body in the Netherlands.

New organic regulation as of 2021

On 1 January 2021, the new EU organic regulation No. 2018/848 will come into force. This regulation will replace Regulation No. 834/2007 and No. 889/2008.

  • New EU organic regulation No. 2018/848
  • (EU) 2020/1794
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: the use of vegetable conversion propagating material and non-organic vegetable propagating material.
  • (EU) 2020/427
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Covers certain detailed production rules for organic products
  • (EU) 2021/642
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: certain information to be provided on the label of organic products
  • (EU) 2021/715
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: the rules for groups of operators
  • (EU) 2021/716
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Covers: organic production rules on sprouted seeds and chicory heads, on feed for certain aquaculture animals and on parasite treatments in aquaculture
  • (EU) 2021/1006
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: the model of the certificate
  • (EU) 2021/1691
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Relates to the rules for keeping records by operators in organic production.
  • (EU) 2021/1697
    Amendment of (EU) 2018/848. Concerns the criteria for the recognition of control authorities and control bodies competent to carry out controls on organic products in third countries, and for the withdrawal of their recognition.

The production and control rules arising from the new EU organic regulation are still under development. The following relating to production rules have, however, already been published in the EU Official Journal:

  • (EU) 2020/464
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Concerns: the documents necessary for the retroactive recognition of periods in the context of conversion, the production of organic products and the information to be provided by the Member States
  • (EU) 2020/2146
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848 with regard to exceptional production regulations, for example in case of (natural) disasters
  • (EU) 2021/279
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848 on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products.
  • (EU) 2021/771
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: specific criteria and conditions for administrative and official controls of groups of operators
  • (EU) 2021/1189
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Covers the production and marketing of plant reproductive material from biologically heterogeneous material of certain genera or species.
  • (EU) 2021/1165
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Concerns the authorization of certain products and substances for use in organic production and the establishment of the lists of those products and substances.
  • (EU) 2021/1342
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Covers: information to be sent by third countries and by control authorities and control bodies for the purpose of monitoring their recognition.
  • (EU) 2021/1378
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Concerns: the certificate issued to operators, groups of operators and exporters in third countries involved in the importation of organic products into the Union and establishing the list of recognized control authorities and control bodies.
  • (EU) 2021/1698
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Covers procedural rules for the recognition of control authorities and control bodies competent for the control of operators and groups of operators certified organic in third countries and of organic products in third countries, as well as rules on their supervision and the control authorities carried out by those control authorities and control bodies to perform audits and other activities.

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/427
Some changes for:

• sprouted seeds,
• feeding of bee colonies and
• juvenile production and feeding in aquaculture

Implementing regulation (EU) 2020/464
Integration of the basic law for:

• Retroactive recognition of the conversion period (reduction of the conversion period)
• Production rules for cattle, sheep, goats, horses
• Production rules for cervine animals
• Production rules for pigs
• Production rules for poultry
• Production rules for rabbits
• Production rules for aquaculture animals
• Production rules for processed food products and animal feed
• Information regarding the availability of organic and in-conversion plant reproductive material, animals, and aquaculture juveniles
• Annex I and II: stocking density and minimum surface for indoor and outdoor areas for livestock and aquaculture
• Annex III: databases of the member states regarding plant reproductive material, animals, and aquaculture juveniles.

European legislation

The European legislation for organic companies is subdivided into various regulations:

Recognized control organizations:

Everything relating to imports can be found in:

Due to COVID:

Dutch regulations

The Dutch government implements the EU regulations via its Agricultural Quality Act:

The following national regulations apply specifically for livestock production:

Skal Biocontrole

In addition to European and Dutch regulations, we also have our own regulations.
These explain how certification and supervision is carried out in the Netherlands.


R11: These regulations for Certification and Supervision contain the rules for organic certification by Skal Biocontrol. You can also read how Skal supervises: certified companies, the sector in general and the different inspection types are defined.

R16: The rates sheet indicates which contributions and rates apply to each target group.

Visiting Address
Kantoorgebouw 'Leickert'
Dr. Klinkertweg 28a

Telephone: +31 (0)38 426 8181
Postal Address
Stichting Skal Biocontrole
P.O.Box 384
8000 AJ Zwolle
The Netherlands