The United States (U.S.) has an organic equivalency arrangement with Switzerland. This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic products certified to the USDA organic regulations or the Swiss organic ordinances may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries.
Scope. Beginning July 10, 2015, the arrangement covers products which:
- Are certified to the USDA or Swiss organic regulations
- Have their final processing occur in the U.S. or Switzerland
- Swiss products: do not contain livestock products, or any ingredient used in such products, produced with the use of antibiotics
- Organic wine: are produced and labeled to the regulations of the importing country.
Documentation – U.S. Organic Products. A USDA-accredited certifying agent must complete a Swiss Certificate of Inspection for all USDA organic products traded under the arrangement.
Documentation – Swiss Organic Products. A Swiss-accredited certification body must complete a NOP Import Certificate for all Swiss organic products traded under the arrangement.
Swiss Labeling Requirements