EU-28: Electronic Certificate of Inspection Required for EU Organics Trade

The European Union (EU) has implemented a new system of electronic Certificates of Inspection for imports of organic products in the EU. The electronic certificates replace the paper-based certificates of inspection. The electronic certificates have been accessible through the EU’s Trade Control & Expert System (TRACES) since April 19, 2017. During a transitional period until October 19, 2017 both the paper and the electronic certificate are valid. However, as of October 19, 2017 only the certificates initiated via the electronic system will be valid. In March of this year, the USDA/AMS National Organic Program informed accredited certifiers of the new requirements for trade with European Union. U.S. certifiers have received training from the EU on the new system. 

EU-28: Electronic Certificate of Inspection Required for EU Organics Trade