Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007.
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This Regulation establishes the principles of organic production and lays down the rules concerning organic production, related certification and the use of indications referring to organic production in labelling and advertising, as well as rules on controls additional to those laid down in Regulation (EU) 2017/625. These provisions apply to the following products originating from agriculture, including aquaculture and beekeeping, where such products are, or are intended to be, produced, prepared, labelled, distributed, placed on the market, imported into or exported from the European Union: (a) live or unprocessed agricultural products, including seeds and other plant reproductive material; (b) processed agricultural products for use as food; (c) feed. Organic production shall pursue the following general objectives: (a) contributing to protection of the environment and the climate; (b) maintaining the long-term fertility of soils; (c) contributing to a high level of biodiversity; (d) substantially contributing to a non-toxic environment; (e) contributing to high animal welfare standards and, in particular, to meeting the species-specific behavioural needs of animals; (f) encouraging short distribution channels and local production in the various areas of the Union; (g) encouraging the preservation of rare and native breeds in danger of extinction; (h) contributing to the development of the supply of plant genetic material adapted to the specific needs and objectives of organic agriculture; (i) contributing to a high level of biodiversity, in particular by using diverse plant genetic material, such as organic heterogeneous material and organic varieties suitable for organic production; (j) fostering the development of organic plant breeding activities in order to contribute to favourable economic perspectives of the organic sector.
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An unofficial consolidated version of the present Regulation as amended last by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/474 of 17 January 2022 is attached.
Official Journal of the European Union L 150, 14 June 2018, pp. 1-92.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products.