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1 The EU-US organic equivalence arrangement Herman Van Boxem European Commission DG AGRI.H3 BioFach, 17 February 2012

2 2 Equivalence? Equivalent in describing different systems or measures means that they are capable of meeting the same objectives and principles by applying rules which ensure the same level of assurance of conformity.

3 3 Process Common list of differences Analysis Technical dialogue Review on the spot Substantial issues Resolved Not resolved

4 4 Arrangement Synchronisation EU Assessment of US Includes US on EU list of Third Countries US Assessment of EU Determines equivalency of EU

5 5 Substantial issues… EU about US Chilean nitrate GMO Antibiotics fruit Animal feed Manure US about EU Oversight List of veterinary drugs Antibiotics in livestock Animal feed

6 6 … US issues resolved (1) Chilean nitrate phasing out GMOtesting Antibiotics fruitadditional certification Animal feed methionine: less & phasing out Manuresoil and water protection

7 7 … EU issues resolved (2) Oversight OK + increase Veterinary drugsevaluation by EU Antibiotics livestockadditional certification Animal feed phase out of non-organic 5%

8 8 Substantial common issues Origin Acceptance of each others imports Scope Aquaculture not yet in arrangement Wine to be reviewed once EU has published its rules Import certificates Required for trade in both directions Labelling Rules of destination country apply

9 9 Technical cooperation agreement 1.Third country recognition 2.Animal health 3.Standard setting 4.Controls

10 10 Outcomes – from Export from EU to US can be certified by all EU CBs New US import certificate Export from US to EU can be certified by all US CBs no import authorisations required anymore Normal EU import certificate

11 11 Essentials 10 years Huge effort Process needs confidentiality and trust Major step forward Recognition of each others achievements Imports based on the respect of the exporting countrys rules Technical cooperation = key for the future


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