Third Webinar: The New EU Organic Regulation: Key Changes for Organic Producer Groups

Get detailed updates on the third webinar here!

IFOAM - Organics International together with FiBL, IFOAM Organics Europe, and leading experts in the field have developed guidance to analyse and explain the major changes to the new EU Organic Regulation and their implications for producer groups worldwide. Draft versions of this Guidance were presented in two previous webinars in 2022. Now, we can present the completed Guidance, since the last remaining fundamental legal questions around the EU’s definition of a “Group of Operators” were recently clarified in the European Commission’s updated Q&A document.

This third and final webinar hosted by IFOAM – Organics International summarised the fundamental changes for certified groups as understood today and explained the implications of the regulation’s rules with regard to groups´ legal entity and composition as well as other new requirements that organic groups need to be aware of.

The recent legal clarification of the EU Commission and comprehensive stakeholder consultations conducted by our organisations showed that the new regulation for organic producer groups has more significant consequences and necessitates more comprehensive organisational changes than initially anticipated and communicated during previous events. These implications are particularly relevant for organised producer organizations such as cooperatives. Therefore, we strongly advise participants of previous webinars to register for the upcoming webinar in order to receive updates on the final version.

Webinar: Key Changes in EU regulation for Organic Producer Groups

Presenter: Florentine Meinshausen, Project Manager, Department of International Cooperation, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

Moderation: Vladyslav Zhmailo and Te-Chun Chen, Policy and Guarantee Department, IFOAM - Organics International.

  • Introduction to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 and overview of the most fundamental changes for producer groups in third countries
  • The new EU definition of a “groups of operators”:  Legal entity, composition, size and activities of the group
  • Legal & organizational implications for current organic producer groups
  • Overview of the new ICS requirements
  • Overview of organic production rules for Groups in Third Countries
  • Brief summary of key changes in External Control of Groups
  • Project work in the field of group certification

We will email the presentations and the recording to participants and publish them on our website. Nevertheless, we encourage you to attend the live event.

This webinar is held within the OT4D project, which is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.