Compliant Organic Certification
Organic farming is among today's fastest growing sectors in production agriculture, thanks to worldwide consumer demand. SCS is committed to supporting those growers and handlers who have done the hard work necessary to make an organic claim. What counts as organic farming in UK?
Organic farming can include:
avoiding artificial fertilisers and pesticides
using crop rotation and other forms of husbandry to maintain soil fertility
The labelling and marketing of organic food and feed products is controlled by EC Regulation’s (EC) No. 834/2007 and (EC) No. 889/2008. Any person or organisation intending to produce or process organic products must be subject to an inspection and certification procedure by an approved Control Body.
The guiding worldwide principles for organic agriculture are defined by the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) and are detailed below:
- To produce food of high nutritional quality in sufficient quantity
- To interact in a constructive and life-enhancing way with natural systems and cycles
- To encourage and enhance biological cycles within the farming system, involving micro organisms, soil flora and fauna, plants and animals
- To maintain and increase long-term fertility of soils
- To promote the healthy use and proper care of water, water resources and all life therein
- To help in the conservation of soil and water
- To use, as far as possible, renewable resources in locally organised agricultural systems
- To work, as far as possible, within a closed system with regard to organic matter and nutrient elements
- To work, as far as possible, with materials and substances that can be reused or recycled, either on the farm or elsewhere
- To give all livestock conditions of life which allow them to perform basic aspects of their innate behaviour
- To minimise all forms of pollution that may result from agricultural practice
- To maintain the genetic diversity of the agricultural system and its surroundings, including the protection of plant and wildlife habitats
- To allow everyone involved in organic production and processing a quality of life conforming to the UN Human Rights Charter, to cover their basic needs and obtain an adequate return and satisfaction from their work, including a safe working environment
- To consider the wider social and ecological impact of the farming system.
- To produce non-food products out of renewable resources, which are fully biodegradable
- To encourage organic farming associations to function along democratic lines and the principle of division of powers
- To progress towards an entire organic production chain, which is both socially just and ecologically responsible
With a long and respected history in the inspection and certification of organic food and farming businesses, OF&G focuses on delivering an efficient and friendly service that rigorously meets the demands of the certification programme.
Hopefully you will find all of the information you need on this page. If you have any questions regarding the scheme, our team will be happy to answer them.
What are the benefits?
Organic is our priority
OF&G works hard to ensure that its voice is heard on behalf of you, our licensees. This means that we stay in touch with the decision-makers at the heart of the sector; we also sit on a number of key national committees, Government and EU groups making sure that the interests of the organic sector and your business are prioritised at the highest level.
All of our licensees are assigned a named Certification Officer (CO). Each member of our Producer Certification team has on average nearly seven years direct certification experience as well as a practical industry background.
Your named CO will be your personal point of contact for any certification and inspection matters which means you can get hold of them when you need them and they will provide you with practical, experienced guidance for your business.
IOAS Farmer Members
Farming members of the IOAS (excluding Scotland currently) can save money on their organic certification scheme thanks to a continued partnership between the IOAS and OF&G. On your first year’s annual certification fee there is a 20% discount for any IOAS farmer members who move from another organic control body to OF&G and for those of you who wish to become organically certified for the first time there is 25% discount to any IOAS farmer members on your first year’s annual certification fee.
To find out more visit the IOAS Member Discounts page…
We work in partnership with Acoura, independent inspection specialists, which means you have access to combined farm assurance inspections and the reassurance of working with experts at all stages of the certification process.
OF&G has more than forty years experience in the organic sector and is the longest-established Defra approved control body.