Canada-Eu Equivalency Agreement

On June 24, 2011, the European Union and Canada signed an equivalency agreement allowing trade in organic products between their territories; there are no derogations in the agreement between Canada and the EU, as organic standards of both legal orders are considered very similar. This agreement allows Canada and the EU to import and export organic products without the need for additional certification. Certified organic products may carry the Canadian and/or EU organic logo. The agreement between Canada and the European Union applies to products that are grown and processed in Canada, as well as products that are grown and processed in the EU. For example, a biobiological broccoli grown in Mexico and certified with COS would not be biologically recognized in the EU under the Canada-EU agreement. The Canada-U.S. agreement is different because certification bodies accredited by the Canada Organic Office can certify the terms of the Canada/U.S. agreement outside of Canada for organic products exported to the United States. For example, organic broccoli grown in Mexico, certified organic under the terms of the Canada-U.S. agreement, could be exported as “organic” to the U.S. market.

Organic products that are considered equivalent under the agreement may be interchangeable, or the two organic labels, which are available from certifiers. It should be noted that products sold in a given market must meet domestic labelling requirements (for example. B language requirements, clear nutritional labelling and different product qualities), including those covered by environmental legislation. Keep in mind that Canada and the United States have slightly different approaches to organic labelling, such as. B: Canada does not allow a “100% organic” claim; the U.S. “Made with” claim for products containing 70-95% organic ingredients is treated in Canada as a percentage claim (products must indicate organic XX ingredients). For the full labelling guidelines, please follow the requirements set out in the following official guides and resources: Everything changed for organic exporters to Canada on June 30, 2009, when Canada`s new Organic Regime (COR) came into effect. In the absence of an agreement, USDA-certified organic foods exported to Canada would have had to be certified for a second certification to meet mandatory Canadian standards and regulations.