Presentation on theme: "The EU-US organic equivalence arrangement"— Presentation transcript:
1 The EU-US organic equivalence arrangement Herman Van Boxem European Commission DG AGRI.H3BioFach, 17 February 2012
2 Equivalence? in describing different systems or measures “Equivalent”in describing different systems or measuresmeans that they are capable of meeting the sameobjectives and principles by applying rules whichensure the same level of assurance of conformity.
3 Common list of differences ProcessAnalysisTechnical dialogueCommon list of differencesReview on the spotSubstantial issuesResolvedNot resolved
4 Arrangement Synchronisation US EU Assessment of EU Assessment of US Determines equivalency of EUEUAssessment of USIncludes US on EU list of Third Countries
5 Substantial issues… EU about US US about EU Chilean nitrate GMO Antibiotics fruitAnimal feedManureUS about EUOversightList of veterinary drugsAntibiotics in livestockAnimal feed
6 … US issues resolved (1) Chilean nitrate phasing out GMO testing Antibiotics fruit additional certificationAnimal feed methionine: less & phasing outManure soil and water protection
7 … EU issues resolved (2) Oversight OK + increase Veterinary drugs evaluation by EUAntibiotics livestock additional certificationAnimal feed phase out ofnon-organic 5%
8 Substantial common issues OriginAcceptance of each others importsScopeAquaculture not yet in arrangementWine to be reviewed once EU has published its rulesImport certificatesRequired for trade in both directionsLabellingRules of destination country apply
9 Technical cooperation agreement Third country recognitionAnimal healthStandard settingControls
10 Outcomes – from 1.6.2012 Export from EU to US can be certified by all EU CBsNew US import certificateExport from US to EUcan be certified by all US CBsno import authorisations required anymoreNormal EU import certificate
11 Essentials 10 years Huge effort Process needs confidentiality and trustMajor step forwardRecognition of each others achievementsImports based on the respect of the exporting country’s rulesTechnical cooperation = key for the future
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