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10.03.2021:
Important information 2021.

Dear clients,
as always we send you important information for the start of the new inspection and certification season 2021.

Reminder for submission of the annual plan
We remind all agricultural  clients  who have not yet submitted the annual plan for 2021. that the deadline for submission is the same, until 15.03.2021.You can download the document annual plan 2021. from this link, and please fill it according to the instructions we have send to you on 17.02.2021.

BIO SUISSE inspection and certification
ABG is always working to provide more to our customers and improving the service. Considering that, from this year, we are providing inspection for the BIO SUISSE standard to all interested clients.
BIO SUISSE is a private standard for organic farming in Switzerland without which you cannot export organic products to Switzerland. More information about the standard and the basic conditions can be found on the following link.
If you are interested in inspection and certification according to this standard, please contact our office were you will be direct to the responsible persons who will give you all the necessary information to start the certification process for BIO SUISSE.

Tariff system for 2021.
The current tariff system for our services for 2021 is also published on our website, and you can see it also on this link. We are happy to inform you that we have only one amount for the agricultural certification service and that the cost of inspection per hour is reduced for our processing and trade clients.
Furthermore, appreciating your recommendations to your friends and business partners about ABG, we have started a project called “client recruits client“, which means that for each new signed Inspection contract according to your recommendation, you can get a one-time discount listed in the tariff system on your next invoice. Please pay attention to table 4 of the tariff system, and we are at your disposal for any questions.
With the aim of actively contributing to the reduction of the possibility of spreading the current pandemic situation, and avoiding unnecessary contacts and exposure of all involved persons in your and our business, we hereby inform you that we will continue to send you an invoice exclusively by e-mail. Among other things, this is how we protect our environment.

Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 of 23 December 2020
Information and text amending Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2196 of 17 December 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) no. 834/2007 with regard to the regimes for the import of organic products from third countries can be found on following link.

We also have several interesting projects (like our own Croatian accreditation, new website,…) that have started in previous months, and upon completion, we will inform you in the upcoming weeks by another newsletter!

28.01.2021:

BREXIT: Trade with organic products from 01.01.2021

Export of organic goods from the EU to the UK:

The following information was provided by the European Commission to the member states:

The UK has confirmed that it will recognize the EU as equivalent in terms of trade in organic products until December 31, 2021. In addition, the requirement that EU organic products must be accompanied by a British certificate of inspection when imported into the UK will be withdrawn until June 30, 2021.

The corresponding UK regulation will come into force on December 31, 2020.

 

In addition, the following guidelines can be found in the appendix:

– FAQ Importing into GB

– Step by step guidance for GB imports from third countries

– GB Certificate of Inspection

 

Import of organic goods from the UK into the EU:

The publication of an amendment regulation to VO 1235/2008 that has already been adopted will be published soon. This lists 5 inspection bodies that will be approved in the UK to carry out inspections and certification in accordance with Article 33 (3) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. These are: Biodynamic Association Certification, Organic Farmers & Growers C.I.C, Organic Farmers & Growers (Scotland) Ltd, Organic Food Federation, Quality Welsh Food Certification Ltd and Soil Association Certification Limited.

 

The original provisions can be found in following links – UK has provided a list of the published “Statutory Instruments”:

 

2019:

The Organic Production and Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – made on 26 March 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/693/contents/made

The Organic Production (Control of Imports) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – made on 26 March 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/692/contents/made

The Organic Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) 2019 – made on 22 January 2019https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/109/contents/made

The Agriculture (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 – made on 4 April 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/831/introduction/made

 

2020:

The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020) corrects The Organic Productions (Control of Imports) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213317/regulation/5

The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020) corrects The Agriculture (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 –https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213386/regulation/12

The Organic Products (Production and Control) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 which corrects The Organic Production and Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Organic Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) 2019–  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348213492/contents

In addition, the UK has published guidelines for the marketing and labelling of organic products as of 01/01/2021:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trading-and-labelling-organic-food-from-1-january-2021

Surprisingly, the UK and EU agreed on a trade deal shortly before the end of 2020. This also includes the trade in organic products and replaces the information that was published on January 5th, 2021.

 

Full mutual recognition of the following products is agreed in the new trade agreement:

All certificates issued by EU inspection bodies in accordance with the EU Organic Regulation are recognized in the UK, all certificates issued by UK inspection bodies in accordance with UK organic regulations are recognized in the EU.

With regard to the new EU Organic Regulation, equivalence will be reassessed by the end of 2023.

The full trade agreement can be found under this LINK, starting on page 577 you can read the provisions on organic trade.

 

The Austria Bio Garantie team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have!

29.10.2020:

UK exit from EU / organic production

28.10.2020:

Start of application / implementation of the new Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production from 01.01.2022

On September 4th, 2020, the European Commission, on the basis of its right of initiative, submitted a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council to amend Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production regarding its date of application and certain other dates specified in that Regulation (see: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?qid=1603140161904&uri=CELEX%3A52020PC0483).

Under the ordinary legislative procedure, on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament voted in favour of the proposal at first reading and the position was unanimously confirmed by the Council (Agriculture and Fisheries). Following this agreement, the act is deemed to be adopted. The regulation will enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Detailed information will be made available in due time.

18.02.2020:

Incorrect / misleading labeling:

The following products are on the market that use the Austria Bio Garantie logo without authorization and have no contract with Austria Bio Garantie:

Biobase Universal disinfectant
Biobase Descaling agent
Biobase Sanitizer
Biobase Dishwasher
Biobase Glass agent

12.02.2020:

A new national law will be in force from 28.02.2020:

Ordinance-on-the-control-system-of-organic-agriculture-Off.-G.-11-2020

07.01.2020:
Biofach 2020

Dear ladies and gentleman’s!

Also this year you can find us at the Biofach in hall 1, booth 585.

Especially we would like to invite you to an aperitif on 13 February at 4 p.m.!

01.01.2020:
ATTENTION – EXTENSION OF CHANGES FOR ORGANIC IMPORTS

ATTENTION – EXTENSION OF THE CHANGES FOR ORGANIC IMPORTS from certain countries from 1.1.2020 and additional new countries

The extensiion is valid for the period 1.1.2020 – 31.12.2020 and concerns as before the following countries: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and MOLDOVA.

Additonally corresponding guidelines have been issued for CHINA for the same period and the same product groups. In the case of China, the guidelines also apply to goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) and their derived products.

For organic imports from the above mentioned countries, additional inspections must be carried out.

If the products concerned from the above mentioned countries are first registered in Austria for release for free circulation in the Community, the competent authorities, together with the inspection bodies, will carry out an inspection according to the guidelines at the expense of the importer. Products may not be marketed as organic products until they have been released by the competent authority.

If you receive goods as the first consignee and from another importer, the goods may also only be placed on the market when the relevant inspection documents are available.

If you have any questions, please contact the responsible authority for your country

For the relevant guidelines click here:

Guidelines AddOffCtrl China 2020 final
Guidelines AddOffCtrl Ukraine Kazakhstan Moldova and Russian Federation 2020 final

27.06.2019:
Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta come together under the roof of EASY-CERT group

Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta, the two leading organic inspection bodies in Austria and Switzerland respectively, came under one roof in organisational terms as of 7 June 2019. The two companies’ owners fully integrated the companies into the new EASY-CERT group AG of which they are now joint owners with equal rights. In their home countries, Austria Bio Garantie and bio.inspecta will continue to operate as autonomous organisations.

Here you can find a detailled press release:

>>Press release<<

>>Press release in German<<

Group photo from 7 of June