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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

Op 1 januari 2021 treedt de nieuwe Europese bio-verordening Nr. 2018/848 in werking. Deze verordening vervangt verordening Nr. 834/2007 en Nr. 889/2008. Momenteel is alleen nog de nieuwe basiswetgeving bekend. De nieuwe u

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
    Supplement to (EU) 2018/848. Relates to: the use of vegetable conversion propagating material and non-organic vegetable propagating material.
  • (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 or (EU) 2018/848 on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products.

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

  • (EU) 2020/427
  • (EU) 2020/464
  • (EU) 2020/2042
    The regulation (EU) 2020/2042 describes: Due to the postponement of one year of regulation 2018/848; the dates specified in 2020/464 will be extended by one year.

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:

  • Implementing regulation (EC) No. 2020/977: effective from 7 July 2020
  • The regulation 2020/1667 provides for the extension of dates due to the derogation of control measures. The dates for derogation will be extended up to and including 01-02-2021.
  • VO 2021/83 is amendment and addition of 2020/466: effective on February 2, 2021 and valid until July 1, 2021.

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.

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