USDA Recognition of a Foreign Government’s Conformity Assessment Program as Authorized under 7 C.F.R. §205.500(c)(1)
The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined the following foreign government conformity assessment programs sufficient to ensure conformity to the technical standards of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). These determinations allow organic certification organizations in good standing, under the programs listed below, to apply the NOP technical standards to certify operations that produce or handle agricultural products that will be sold, labeled or represented as organic in the United States. Production or handling operations certified by an organization that is recognized under these determinations may only use the USDA organic seal on their products when those products have been produced and handled in accordance to the NOP regulations.
III. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Effective Date of Recognition: December 6, 2002
Certification Organizations in Good Standing as of December 6, 2002: