(18 April 2017) – A new system of electronic certification to better monitor imports of organic products becomes applicable tomorrow, making the EU a global leader in traceability and in the collection of reliable data on trade of these products.
According to the Commission, this system will contribute to enhancing food safety provisions and reducing potential fraud.
It will also reduce the administrative burden for operators and authorities, and provide much more comprehensive statistical data on organic imports.
Both paper and e-certification will be used during a 6-month transition period. As of 19 October 2017, organic imports will be covered only by e-certification.