Publication of two new regulations in the EU Official Journal supplementing Organic Regulation (EU) 2018/848

The new EU Organic Regulation published in June 2018 will be supplemented and amended by 15 to 20 secondary acts before its entry into force on 1 January 2022.

Two new secondary regulations have been published in the EU Official Journal.

First, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279 published on 22 February 2021 establishes additional requirements for the following criteria:

  • Procedural steps to be followed by the operator in case of detection of residues of non-allowed products & substances
    • Official investigation methodology
    • Use of indications in labelling
    • Composition and dimension of group of operators (maximum 2,000 members per group)
    • Documents and records for groups of operators and notification from the Internal Control Systems (ICS) manager
    • Minimum percentages of controls and samplings
    • Measures in case of non-established non-compliances
    • Exchange of information
    • Annex I: National catalogues of measures

Second, Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/269 published on 4 December 2020  adapts the previous Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/427 to the postponement of the application of the new EU Organic Regulation.

Another regulation which amends current Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 was published: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/461 It is for postponing until 30 June 2021 the possibility for Control Bodies and Authorities to send the EU Commission requests related to their recognition for equivalency purpose.

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