Organic Notice 2018-01 released

Organic Notice 2018-01

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources published this Organic notice on 04/01/2018:

2018-01 Guideline for responding to contamination by prohibited substances or materials in the organic export supply chain.

This guideline applies to all organic and bio-dynamic exporters.

The guideline can be viewed & printed from here:

Organic notice 2018-01 Contamination in the organic export supply chain

CHRISTMAS OFFICE CLOSURE

The OFC office is now closed for Christmas holidays. We will re-open on 08/01/2018 at 8.30am.

 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

 

From everyone at OFC.

Public consultation on proposed changes to the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce

Public comment is now open for proposed changes to the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce (the Standard). Public comment is open until 05/01/2018 for two submissions for changes to the Standard:

  1. Review of GMO conversion periods
  2. Rotenone

OFC is strongly against the watering down of Australia’s organic Standard to allow the GMO conversion period to be removed.

Please follow the link below if you wish to submit a comment on either of the proposed changes to the Standard.

ISO 17065 Accreditation

ISO 17065 Accreditation

We are excited to announce that we have achieved accreditation to ISO 17065: Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

ISO/IEC 17065 has become the international benchmark for product certification and we are very proud of our achievement.

Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 is a requirement of the Department of Agriculture for all organic certifying bodies in Australia. The EU Commission also requires organic certifying bodies to have this accreditation to be able to issue Organic Produce Certificates for products to be exported to EU member countries.