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Ref. Ares(2017)6233736 - 19/12/2017
 
 
 
 
Organic Farming 
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REGULATION OF THE 
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 
AND OF THE COUNCIL 

REGULATION OF THE 
on organic production and 
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 
labelling of organic products, 
AND OF THE COUNCIL 
amending Regulation (EU) 
No XXX/XXX of the European 

on organic production and 
Parliament and of the Council 
labelling of organic products, 
[Official controls Regulation] and 
amending Regulation (EU) 
repealing Council Regulation (EC)  No XXX/XXX of the European 
No 834/2007 
Parliament and of the Council 
[Official controls Regulation] and 
repealing Council Regulation 
(EC) No 834/2007 

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 
 
 
AND THE COUNCIL OF THE 
EUROPEAN UNION, 
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Having regard to the Treaty on the 
Having regard to the Treaty on the 
 
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Functioning of the European Union, 
Functioning of the European 
and in particular the first paragraph 
Union, and in particular the first 
of Article 42 and Article 43(2) 
paragraph of Article 42 and 
thereof, 
Article 43(2) thereof, 
Having regard to the proposal from 
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the European Commission, 
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legislative act to the national 
Parliaments, 
Having regard to the opinion of the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
 
European Economic and Social 
Committee1
Having regard to the opinion of the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
 
Committee of the Regions2
Acting in accordance with the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
 
ordinary legislative procedure, 
Whereas: 
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(1) 
Organic production is an 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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overall system of farm management 
and food production that combines 
best environmental and climate 
action practices, a high level of 
biodiversity, the preservation of 
natural resources, the application of 
high animal welfare standards and 
production standards in line with the 
demand of a growing number of 
                                                 
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OJ C , , p. . 
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consumers for products produced 
using natural substances and 
processes. Organic production thus 
plays a dual societal role, where it, 
on the one hand, provides for a 
specific market responding to 
consumer demand for organic 
products and, on the other hand, 
delivers publicly available goods 
contributing to the protection of the 
environment and animal welfare, as 
well as to rural development. 
Amendment 1 
Recital 2 
(2) 
The observance of high health,  Commission proposal unchanged 
(2) The observance of high health, 
 
environmental and animal welfare 
environmental and animal welfare 
standards in the production of 
standards in the production of 
organic products is intrinsic to the 
organic products is intrinsic to the 
high quality of those products. As 
wholesomeness of those products. 
underlined in the Communication 
As underlined in the 
from the Commission to the 
Communication from the 
European Parliament and to the 
Commission to the European 
Council, the European Economic 
Parliament and to the Council, the 
and Social Committee and the 
European Economic and Social 
Committee of the Regions on 
Committee and the Committee of 
agricultural product quality policy3
the Regions on agricultural product 
organic production forms part of the 
quality policy, organic production 
                                                 
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COM (2009) 234 final. 
 
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Union's agricultural product quality 
forms part of the Union's 
schemes together with geographical 
agricultural product quality 
indications, traditional specialties 
schemes together with geographical 
guaranteed and products of the 
indications, traditional specialties 
outermost regions of the Union, as 
guaranteed and products of 
laid down in Regulation (EU) No 
mountainous regions and of the 
1151/2012 of the European 
outermost regions of the Union, as 
Parliament and of the Council4 and 
laid down in Regulation (EU) No 
Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of the 
1151/2012 of the European 
European Parliament and of the 
Parliament and of the Council and 
Council5, respectively. In this sense, 
Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of 
organic production pursues the same 
the European Parliament and of the 
objectives within the common 
Council, respectively. In this sense, 
agricultural policy (‘CAP’) which 
organic production plays a leading 
are inherent to all the agricultural 
role in establishing more 
product quality schemes of the 
sustainable farming and food 
Union. 
systems, and to that end, it pursues 
the same objectives within the 
common agricultural policy 
(‘CAP’) which are inherent to all 
the agricultural product quality 
schemes of the Union. 
Amendment 2 
Recital 3 
                                                 
4 
Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural 
products fand foodstuffs (OJ L 343, 14.12.2012, p. 1). 
 
5 
Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 March 2013 laying down specific measures for agriculture 
in the outermost regions of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 247/2006 (OJ L 78, 20.3.2013, p. 23). 
 
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In particular, the objectives of 
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(3) In particular, the objectives of 
 
the organic production policy are 
the organic production policy are 
embedded in the objectives of the 
embedded in the objectives of the 
CAP by ensuring that farmers 
CAP by ensuring that farmers 
receive a fair return for complying 
receive a fair return for complying 
with the organic production rules. In 
with the organic production rules. 
addition, the growing consumer 
In addition, the growing consumer 
demand for organic products creates 
demand for organic products 
conditions for further development 
creates conditions for further 
and expansion of the market in those 
development and expansion of the 
products and thus for an increase in 
market in those products and thus 
the return of farmers engaged in 
for an increase in the return of 
organic production. 
farmers engaged in organic 
production. Taking into account 
the fact that Union farmers face 
increased problems in receiving a 
fair income from the food chain, 
this Regulation should also 
contribute to helping farmers and 
consumers to reconnect through 
direct marketing in short food 
chains and so create a fair share 
of the added value of food and 
positive externalities created in 
organic farming.
 
Amendment 3 
Recital 4 
(4) 
Furthermore, organic 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(4) Furthermore, organic 
 
production is a system that 
production is a system that 
 
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contributes to the integration of 
contributes to the integration of 
environmental protection 
environmental protection 
requirements into the CAP, and 
requirements into the CAP, and 
promotes sustainable agricultural 
promotes sustainable agricultural 
production. That is why, measures 
production. That is why, measures 
financially supporting organic 
financially supporting organic 
production have been introduced 
production have been introduced 
under the CAP, most recently under 
under the CAP, most recently under 
Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of 
Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of 
the European Parliament and of the 
the European Parliament and of the 
Council6, and in particular 
Council14, and in particular 
strengthened in the recent reform of 
strengthened in the recent reform of 
the legal framework for rural 
the legal framework for rural 
development policy as established 
development policy as established 
by Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
by Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
of the European Parliament and of 
of the European Parliament and of 
the Council7
the Council15. This Regulation 
should therefore refer to eligible 
measures within the national rural 
development programmes which 
are to contribute to the support of 
organic breeding and improved 
supply of organic seeds and 
animal feed. Furthermore, there is 

                                                 
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Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to 
farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 
and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 608). 
7 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the 
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 
487). 
 
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an urgent need for reliable data on 
existing gaps of supply of organic 
seeds, feed and protein sources, 
and proposals should be put 
forward and action plans launched 
to cover those gaps so as to start 
phasing out existing derogations 
in respect of those matters
. 
(5) 
Organic production also 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
contributes to the achievements of 
the Union environmental policy 
objectives, in particular those of the 
2020 Biodiversity Strategy8, the 
Green Infrastructure 
Communication9, the Soil Thematic 
Strategy10 and environmental 
legislation such as the Birds11 and 
Habits12 Directives, the Nitrates 
Directive13, the Water Framework 
                                                 
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COM(2011) 244 final, ‘Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020’. 
9 
SWD(2013) 155 final, ‘Green Infrastructure (GI) – Enhancing Europe's Natural Capital’. 
10 
COM(2006) 231 final, ‘Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection’. 
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Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 20, 
26.1.2010, p.7). 
12 
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p.7). 
13 
Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural 
sources (OJ L 375, 31.12.1991, p.1). 
 
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Directive14, the National Emissions 
Ceiling Directive15 and the Directive 
on the sustainable use of 
pesticides16
(6) 
In view of the objectives of the  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
Union's organic production policy, 
the legal framework established for 
implementing that policy should aim 
at ensuring fair competition and a 
proper functioning of the internal 
market in organic products, and at 
maintaining and justifying consumer 
confidence in products labelled as 
organic. It should further aim at 
providing conditions under which 
the policy can progress in line with 
production and market 
developments. 
(7) 
The policy priorities of the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
Europe 2020 strategy as set out in 
the Commission Communication 
entitled ‘Europe 2020: A strategy for 
                                                 
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Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in 
the field of water policy (OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p.1). 
15 
Directive 2001/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric 
pollutants (OJ L 309, 27.11.2001, p. 22). 
16 
Directive 2009/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to 
achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71) 
 
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smart, sustainable and inclusive 
growth’17 include the aims of 
achieving a competitive economy 
based on knowledge and innovation, 
fostering a high-employment 
economy delivering social and 
territorial cohesion and supporting 
the shift towards a resource-efficient 
and low-carbon economy. The 
organic production policy should 
therefore provide operators with the 
right tools to better identify and 
promote their products while 
protecting them against unfair 
practices. 
Amendment 4 
Recital 7 a (new) 
 
 
(7a) The organic farming sector in   
the Union has developed rapidly in 
the past years, in terms not only of 
the area used for organic farming 
but also of the number of holdings 
and the overall number of organic 
operators registered in the Union.
 
Amendment 5 
Recital 8 
                                                 
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COM(2010)2020 final. 
 
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Given the dynamic evolution 
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(8) Given the dynamic evolution of 
 
of the organic sector, Council 
the organic sector, Council 
Regulation (EC) No 834/200718 
Regulation (EC) No 834/200726 
identified the need for a future 
identified the need for a future 
review of the Union rules on organic 
review of the Union rules on 
production, taking into account the 
organic production, taking into 
experience gained from the 
account the experience gained from 
application of those rules. The 
the application of those rules. The 
results of that review carried out by 
results of that review carried out by 
the Commission show that the Union 
the Commission show that the 
legal framework governing organic 
Union legal framework governing 
production should be improved to 
organic production should be 
provide for rules that correspond to 
improved to provide for rules that 
the high expectations of consumers 
correspond to the high expectations 
and that guarantee sufficient clarity 
of consumers and that guarantee 
for those to whom they are 
sufficient clarity for those to whom 
addressed. Therefore, Regulation 
they are addressed. Therefore, 
(EC) No 834/2007 should be 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
repealed and replaced by a new 
should be repealed and replaced by 
Regulation. 
a new Regulation. Nevertheless, 
the provisions of Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 responding to those 
aims should be preserved in this 
Regulation. Furthermore, this 
Regulation should mainly improve 
the implementation of current 
principles and rules and create a 
dynamic through which the sector 

                                                 
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Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation 
(EEC) No 2092/91 (OJ L 189, 20.7.2007, p. 1). 
 
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can meet the challenges it faces. 
Amendment 6 
Recital 9 
(9) 
Experience gained so far with 
(9) 
Experience gained so far 
(9) Experience gained so far with 
 
the application of Regulation (EC) 
with the application of 
the application of Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 shows a need to clarify  Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
No 834/2007 shows a need to 
the products to which this 
shows a need to clarify the 
clarify the production processes 
Regulation applies. Primarily, it 
products to which this Regulation  and products to which this 
should cover agricultural products, 
applies. Primarily, it This new 
Regulation applies. Primarily, it 
including aquaculture products, 
Regulation should cover 
should cover agricultural 
listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the  agricultural products, including 
production methods and products, 
Functioning of the European Union 
aquaculture products, listed in 
including aquaculture and 
(‘the Treaty’). Moreover, it should 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
beekeeping products. Moreover, it 
cover processed agricultural 
Functioning of the European Union  should cover processed agricultural 
products for use as food or feed 
(‘the Treaty’). Moreover, it should 
products for use as food or feed 
because the placing on the market of 
cover processed agricultural 
because the placing on the market 
such products as organic provides a 
products for use as food or feed 
of such products as organic 
major outlet for agricultural products  because the placing on the market 
provides a major outlet for 
and ensures visibility to the 
of such products as organic 
agricultural products and ensures 
consumer of the organic nature of 
provides a major outlet for 
visibility to the consumer of the 
the agricultural products from which 
agricultural products and ensures 
organic nature of the agricultural 
they are processed. Likewise, this 
visibility to the consumer of the 
products from which they are 
Regulation should cover certain 
organic nature of the agricultural 
processed. Likewise, this 
other products which are linked to 
products from which they are 
Regulation should cover certain 
agricultural products in a similarly 
processed. Likewise, this 
other products which are closely 
close way as processed agricultural 
Regulation should cover certain 
linked to agricultural products in a 
products because those other 
other products which are linked to 
similarly close way as processed 
products either constitute a major 
agricultural products in a similarly 
agricultural products because those 
outlet for agricultural products or 
close way as processed agricultural 
other products either constitute a 
major outlet for agricultural 
 
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form an integral part of the 
products because those other 
products or form an integral part of 
production process. Finally, sea salt 
products either constitute a major 
the production process. Finally, salt 
should be included in the scope of 
outlet for agricultural products or 
should be included in the scope of 
this Regulation because it is 
form an integral part of the 
this Regulation because it is 
produced by applying natural 
production process. Finally, salt 
produced by applying natural 
production techniques and its 
should be included in the scope of  production techniques and its 
production contributes to the 
this Regulation because it is 
production contributes to the 
development of rural areas, and thus 
produced by applying natural 
development of rural areas, and 
falls within the objectives of this 
production techniques and its 
thus falls within the objectives of 
Regulation. For reasons of clarity, 
production contributes to the 
this Regulation. 
those other products, not listed in 
development of rural areas, and 
Annex I to the Treaty, should be 
thus falls within the objectives of 
listed in an Annex to this 
this Regulation. For reasons of 
Regulation. 
clarity, those other products, not 
listed in Annex I to the Treaty, 
should be listed in an Annex to 
this Regulation. 

(10)  In order to supplement or 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
amend certain non-essential 
elements of this Regulation, the 
power to adopt acts in accordance 
with Article 290 of the Treaty should 
be delegated to the Commission. It is 
of particular importance that the 
Commission carry out appropriate 
consultations during its preparatory 
work, including at expert level. The 
Commission, when preparing and 
drawing-up delegated acts, should 
ensure a simultaneous, timely and 
 
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documents to the European 
Parliament and to the Council. 
Amendment 7 
Recital 11 
(11)  In order to take into account 
(11)  In order to take into account 
deleted 
 
new production methods or 
new production methods or 
material or international 
material or international 
committments, the power to adopt 
committments, the power to adopt 
certain acts should be delegated to 
certain acts should be delegated to 
the Commission in respect of the 
the Commission in respect view of 
amendment of the list of other 
the supplementing amendment of 
products falling within the scope of 
the list of other products falling 
this Regulation. Only products 
within the scope of this Regulation. 
which are closely linked to 
Only products which are closely 
agricultural products should be 
linked to agricultural products 
eligible for inclusion in that list. 
should be eligible for inclusion in 
that list. 
Amendment 8 
Recital 12 
(12)  Because of the local nature of  (12)  Because of the local nature of  (12) Food prepared by mass 
 
mass catering operations, measures  mass catering operations, measures 
caterers on their premises should be 
taken by Member States and private  taken by Member States and private  subject to this Regulation. Products 
schemes in this area are considered 
schemes in this area are considered 
of hunting and fishing of wild 
adequate to ensure the functioning 
adequate to ensure the functioning 
animals should not be covered by 
of the single market. Therefore, 
of the single market. Therefore, 
this Regulation since the production 
food prepared by mass caterers on 
food prepared by mass caterers on 
process cannot be fully controlled. 
 
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their premises should not be subject 
their premises should not be subject 
to this Regulation. Equally, products  to this Regulation and should 
of hunting and fishing of wild 
therefore not be labelled or 
animals should not be covered by 
advertised with the organic 
this Regulation since the production 
production logo of the European 
process cannot be fully controlled. 
UnionEqually, Pproducts of 
hunting and fishing of wild animals 
should not be considered as 
organic products
 covered by this 
Regulation
 since the production 
process cannot be fully controlled. 
Amendment 9 
Recital 13 
(13)  Research projects have 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(13) Research projects have 
 
demonstrated that consumer 
demonstrated that consumer 
confidence is crucial in the market 
confidence is crucial in the market 
for organic food. In the long run, 
for organic food. In the long run, 
rules that are not trustworthy can 
rules that are not trustworthy, and 
jeopardise public confidence and 
insufficient implementation of 
lead to market failure. Therefore the 
existing rules and controls at 
sustainable development of organic 
Union level, can jeopardise public 
production in the Union should be 
confidence and lead to market 
based on sound production rules 
failure. Therefore, the sustainable 
which are harmonised at Union 
development of organic production 
level. In addition, those production 
in the Union should be based on 
rules should meet operators' and 
sound and transparent production 
consumers' expectations regarding 
rules and harmonised 
the quality of organic products and 
implementation at national and 
the compliance with the principles 
Union levelsPast experience has 
 
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and rules laid down in this 
revealed major deficiencies in 
Regulation. 
controls at Union level. It is of the 
utmost importance to improve data 
collection, communication, 
monitoring and coordination of 
the implementation of those rules 
in all Member States and at Union 
level.
 
Amendment 10 
Recital 14 
(14)  This Regulation should apply 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(14) This Regulation should apply 
 
without prejudice to related 
without prejudice to other Union 
legislation, such as in the field of 
legislation or national provisions, 
safety of the food chain, animal 
in conformity with Union law 
health and welfare, plant health, 
concerning products specified in 
plant reproductive material, 
this Regulation, such as provisions 
labelling and the environment. 
governing the production, 
More specifically, as regards the 
preparation, marketing, labelling 
authorisation of products and 
and control of those products, and 
substances that may be used for the 
including legislation on foodstuffs 
production of organic products, it is 
and animal nutrition. More 
important to highlight that such 
specifically, as regards the 
products and substances have to be 
authorisation of products and 
authorised at Union level first. 
substances that may be used for the 
Therefore this Regulation should 
production of organic products, it is 
apply without prejudice to other 
important to highlight that such 
specific Union provisions relating to 
products and substances have to be 
the authorisation and placing on the 
authorised at Union level first. 
market of those products and 
Therefore this Regulation should 
apply without prejudice to other 
 
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susbstances. 
specific Union provisions relating 
to the authorisation and placing on 
the market of those products and 
susbstances. 
Amendment 11 
Recital 15 
(15)  As a matter of principle, the 
(15)  As a matter of principle, the 
(15) As a matter of principle, the 
 
general production rules of this 
general production rules of this 
general production rules of this 
Regulation should include a 
Regulation should include a 
Regulation should include a 
prohibition on the use of ionising 
prohibition on the use of ionising 
prohibition on the use of ionising 
radiation and genetically modified 
radiation, animal cloning and 
radiation and genetically modified 
organisms (GMOs) and products 
genetically modified organisms 
organisms (GMOs) and products 
produced from or by GMOs. Since 
(GMOs) and products produced 
produced from or by GMOs. 
consumers are more and more 
from or by GMOs. Organic 
Efforts should be made to develop 
concerned about environmental 
operators should take 
the market in respect of veterinary 
impacts of food processing and 
appropriate preventive measures 
medicinal products without GMOs. 
transportation, organic operators 
at all stages of production, 
Since consumers are increasingly 
other than farmers and operators 
preparation and distribution in 
concerned about environmental 
producing seaweed or aquaculture 
order to ensure prevention and 
impacts of food processing and 
animals should be required to 
control of pests and weeds and in 
transportation, organic operators 
manage their environmental 
particular to avoid contamination  other than micro-enterprises
performance according to a 
with products and substances 
farmers, beekeepers, retailers and 
harmonised system. With the 
that are not authorised in organic  operators producing algae or 
objective of minimising the 
production. Since consumers are 
aquaculture animals should be 
regulatory burden of micro-
more and more concerned about 
required to improve their 
enterprises as defined in 
environmental impacts of food 
environmental performance in 
accordance with 
a harmonised 
 
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processing and transportation, 
framework. With the objective of 
2003/361/EC19 involved in organic 
organic operators other than 
minimising the regulatory burden 
production, it is appropriate to 
farmers and operators producing  of micro-enterprises as defined in 
exempt them from this requirement. 
seaweed or aquaculture animals 
Commission Recommendation 
In order to ensure the correct 
should be required to manage 
2003/361/EC27involved in organic 
application of the general production  their environmental performance  production, it is appropriate to 
rules, the power to adopt certain acts  according to a harmonised 
exempt them from this requirement. 
should be delegated to the 
system. With the objective of 
In order to ensure the correct 
Commission in respect of 
minimising the regulatory 
application of the general 
establishing the criteria to which the  burden of micro-enterprises as 
production rules, the power to 
environmental management system 
defined in Commission 
adopt certain acts should be 
is to correspond. 
Recommendation 2003/361/EC20 
delegated to the Commission in 
involved in organic production, it  respect of supplementing certain 
is appropriate to exempt them 
criteria of the environmental 
from this requirement. In order 
management framework. 
to ensure the correct application 
of the general production rules, 
the power to adopt certain acts 
should be delegated to the 
Commission in respect of 
establishing the criteria to which 
the environmental management 
system is to correspond. 

Amendment 12 
Recital 16 
                                                 
19 
Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (OJ L 124,  
of 20.05.2003, p. 36). 
20 
Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (OJ 
L 124,  of 20.05.2003, p. 36). 

 
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(16)  The risk of non-compliance 
(16)  All operators who aim to 
(16) The risk of non-compliance 
 
with the organic production rules is 
become organic should manage 
with the organic production rules is 
considered higher in agricultural 
their entire holding in compliance  considered higher in agricultural 
holdings which include units not 
with the requirements applicable 
holdings which include units not 
managed under organic production 
to organic production. However, 
managed under organic production 
rules. Therefore, after an appropriate  to facilitate entering the organic 
rules. Therefore, after an 
conversion period, all agricultural 
scheme and to favour the 
appropriate conversion period, all 
holdings in the Union which aim to 
development of environmental 
agricultural holdings in the Union 
become organic should be entirely 
practices in agriculture, a holding  which aim to become organic 
managed in compliance with the 
may be split into separated units 
should be entirely managed in 
requirements applicable to organic 
which are not all managed 
compliance with the requirements 
production. Organic agricultural 
according to this Regulation. The 
applicable to organic production. 
holdings should undergo the same 
risk of non-compliance with the 
However, mixed farms including 
conversion period in all Member 
organic production rules is 
production units dedicated to non-
States, irrespective of whether they 
considered higher in agricultural 
organic production and 
have previously adhered to agri-
holdings which include units not 
production units which are in 
environmental measures supported 
managed under organic 
compliance with this Regulation 
by Union funds. However, no 
production rules. Therefore, after  should be allowed in cases where 
conversion period is necessary in the  an appropriate conversion 
conventional farming activities are 
case of fallow land.  In order to 
period, all agricultural holdings 
clearly differentiated from organic 
ensure quality, traceability and 
in the Union which aim to 
farming activities. Moreover, no 
compliance with this Regulation and 
become organic should be 
conversion period should be 
adaptation to technical 
entirely managed in compliance 
necessary in the case of fallow land 
developments, the power to adopt 
with the requirements applicable 
or where there is evidence that 
certain acts should be delegated to 
to organic production. Organic 
only substances authorised for 
the Commission in respect of 
agricultural holdings should 
organic production have been used 
establishing rules supplementing the 
undergo the same conversion 
on the land concerned for at least 
general conversion rules or 
period in all Member States, 
the time period required for 
supplementing and amending the 
irrespective of whether they have 
conversion and provided that other 
specific conversion rules. 
previously adhered to agri-
necessary requirements are 
environmental measures 
fulfilled. In order to ensure quality, 
 
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supported by Union funds. 
traceability and compliance with 
However, no conversion period is 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
necessary in the case of fallow 
technical developments, the power 
land.  In order to ensure quality, 
to adopt certain acts should be 
traceability and compliance with 
delegated to the Commission in 
this Regulation and adaptation to  respect of establishing rules 
technical developments, the 
supplementing the general 
power to adopt certain acts 
conversion rules or supplementing 
should be delegated to the 
the specific conversion rules. 
Commission in respect of 
establishing rules supplementing 
the general conversion rules or 
supplementing and amending the 
specific conversion rules. 

Amendment 13 
Recital 16 a (new) 
 
 
(16a) The choice of species or 
 
variety to be cultivated should take 
account of their ability to adapt to 
climatic and pedo-climatic 
conditions and their resistance to 
disease.
 
 
(16a) The conversion to the 
 
GA text preferred 
organic production method 
requires certain periods of 
adaptation. Specific time periods 
for the various production sectors 
should be laid down. Organic 
agricultural and aquaculture 

 
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holdings should undergo the 
same conversion periods in all 
Member States and third 
countries. To facilitate entering 
the organic scheme and to favour 
the development of 
environmental practices in 
agriculture, under certain 
conditions, previous periods may 
be recognised retroactively as 
being part of the conversion 
period.
 
 
(16b) Products produced during 
 
GA text preferred 
the relevant conversion periods 
cannot be marketed as organic. 
Products of plant origin 
containing only one crop 
ingredient of agricultural origin 
can be marketed as in-conversion 
products and can be allowed in 
organic production under the 
condition that a 12 months 
conversion period has been 
respected, since these products 
can usefully contribute to 
supplying livestock with feed 
from the farm or the region and 
are allowed to be used in organic 
production.  However, products 
that are not of plant origin or 

 
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products of plant origin that 
contain more than one crop 
ingredient of agricultural origin  
or that have been harvested 
before the 12 months conversion 
period, should  not be marketed 
as in-conversion products as such 
products might create confusion 
in the market of organic 
products. 

(17)  Specific production rules 
(17)  Specific Pproduction rules 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
should be established with regard to 
should be established with regard to 
plant, livestock and aquaculture 
plant, livestock and aquaculture 
production, including rules for the 
production, including rules for the 
collection of wild plants and 
collection of wild plants and 
seaweeds, and with regard to the 
seaweeds algae, and with regard to 
production of processed food and 
the production of processed food 
feed, as well as of wine and yeast to 
and feed, as well as of wine and 
ensure harmonisation and respect of 
yeast to ensure harmonisation and 
the objectives and principles of 
respect of the objectives and 
organic production. 
principles of organic production. 
 
Amendment 14 
Recital 17 a (new) 
 
 
(17a) The specific requirements of 
 
plant and animal breeding have 
not been sufficiently taken into 
account in previous Regulations 

 
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and should be clearly defined and 
developed in this Regulation. This 
is specifically necessary in order to 
solve the problem of existing gaps 
in the availability of organic seeds 
and animals suitable for organic 
production on the internal market. 
The Commission should therefore 
take the necessary steps to 
enhance organic breeding of 
plants and animals through 
respective measures and research 
programmes.
 
(18)  As organic plant production is 
(18)  As organic plant production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
based on nourishing the plants 
is based on nourishing the plants
primarily through the soil 
which grow naturally in soil, 
ecosystem, hydroponic production 
primarily through the soil 
should not be allowed. In addition, 
ecosystem, hydroponic production 
organic plant production should 
should not be allowed. In addition, 
involve the use of production 
organic plant production should 
techniques that prevent or minimise 
involve the use of production 
any contribution to the 
techniques that prevent or minimise 
contamination of the environment. 
any contribution to the 
contamination of the environment. 
 
Amendment 15 
Recital 19 
(19)  Concerning soil management 
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(19) Concerning soil management 
 
 
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and fertilisation, conditions should 
and fertilisation, conditions should 
be laid down for the use of 
be laid down for the use of 
cultivation practices allowed in 
cultivation practices allowed in 
organic plant production and for the 
organic plant production and for the 
use of fertilisers and conditioners. 
use of fertilisers and conditioners. 
Member States should, in this 
respect, encourage producers in 
organic farming areas to form 
groups in order to reduce the risk 
of contamination by substances 
used in conventional farming. 
Given the potential of biochar, 
which increases soil fertility in a 
natural way, reduces the use of 
fertilisers and water and helps 
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 
its use should be permitted in soil 
management.
 
Amendment 16 
Recital 19 a (new) 
 
 
(19a) Since groundwater is the 
 
main vector for the transport of 
residues generated by 
conventional farming practices, 
Member States should encourage 
organic farming practices in 
upstream areas.
 
Amendment 17 
Recital 20 
 
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(20)  The use of pesticides,  should 
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(20) The use of pesticides should be   
be significantly restricted. 
significantly restricted. Preference 
Preference should be given to the 
should be given to the application 
application of measures that prevent 
of measures that prevent any 
any damage by pests and weeds 
damage by pests, weeds and 
through techniques which do not 
diseases through techniques which 
involve the use of plant protection 
do not involve the use of plant 
products such as crop rotation. 
protection products such as crop 
Presence of pests and weeds should 
alternation and rotation. Presence 
be monitored to decide whether any 
of pests, weeds and diseases should 
intervention is economically and 
be monitored to decide whether any 
ecologically justified. The use of 
intervention is economically and 
certain plant protection products 
ecologically justified. The use of 
should be allowed if such techniques 
certain plant protection products 
do not provide adequate protection 
should be allowed if such 
and only if those plant protection 
techniques do not provide adequate 
products have been authorised in 
protection and only if those plant 
accordance with Regulation (EC) No 
protection products have been 
1107/2009 of the European 
authorised in accordance with 
Parliament and of the Council21
Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of 
after having been assessed to be 
the European Parliament and of the 
compatible with objectives and 
Council28, after having been 
principles of organic production, 
assessed to be compatible with 
including with restrictive  conditions 
objectives and principles of organic 
of use, and consequently authorised 
production, including with 
in accordance with this Regulation. 
restrictive conditions of use, and 
consequently authorised in 
accordance with this Regulation. 
                                                 
21 
Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection 
products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1). 
 
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Recital 21 
(21)  In order to ensure quality, 
(21)  In order to ensure quality, 
(21) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
supplementing the specific plant 
specific plant production rules as 
supplementing the specific plant 
production rules as regards soil 
regards cultivation practices, soil 
production rules as regards 
management and fertilisation, plant 
management and fertilisation, plant 
cultivation practices, soil 
health and management of pests
health and management of pests and  management and fertilisation, 
weeds and diseases, management 
weeds, management of mushroom 
plant health and management of 
of mushroom production and other 
production and other specific plants 
pests and weeds, management of 
specific plants and plant production 
and plant production systems, the 
mushroom production and other 
systems and the collection of wild 
production origin of plant 
specific plants and plant 
plants. 
reproductive material and the 
production systems, the 
collection of wild plants. 
production origin of plant 
reproductive material and the 
collection of wild plants. 

Amendment 19 
Recital 21 a (new) 
 
 
(21a) Given that it is important to 
 
develop the use of seeds and plants 
that are suited to soil and climate 
conditions and that meet consumer 

 
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expectations, the production of 
organic seeds and plants should be 
encouraged while continuing to 
provide for the possibility of using 
non-organic seeds and plants 
where no organic equivalents are 
available, or in order to ensure 
that a sufficient genetic base is 
maintained.
 
Amendment 20 
Recital 21 b (new) 
 
 
(21b) Given that organic farming 
 
needs to be able to rely on 
genetically high-quality animals 
for breeding, and that those 
animals must be reared in 
accordance with organic farming 
rules, it is desirable to maintain 
the possibility of using non-
organic breeding animals under 
certain conditions in order to 
offset a lack of availability or to 
ensure a sufficient genetic base, 
particularly in the case of rarer 
species and breeds. 

Amendment 21 
Recital 22 
(22)  As livestock production 
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(22) As livestock production 
 
 
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naturally involves the management 
naturally involves the management 
of agricultural land, where the 
of agricultural land, where the 
manure is used to nourish crop 
manure is used to nourish crop 
production, landless livestock 
production, landless livestock 
production should be prohibited. The 
production should be prohibited. 
choice of breeds should take account 
The choice of breeds should take 
of their capacity to adapt to local 
account of their capacity to adapt to 
conditions, their vitality and their 
local conditions, their vitality and 
resistance to disease, and a wide 
their resistance to disease, and a 
biological diversity should be 
wide biological diversity should be 
encouraged. 
encouraged, provided that this is 
not at the expense of indigenous 
and local breeds and species, the 
keeping of which should be 
supported.
 
(23)  Organic livestock and 
(23)  Organic livestock and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
aquaculture production housing, 
aquaculture production housing, 
including where relevant the aquatic 
including where relevant the 
medium, should satisfy the 
aquatic medium, should satisfy the 
behavioural needs of the animals. 
behavioural needs of the 
Specific housing conditions and 
animals.Specific housing 
husbandry practices should be laid 
conditions and husbandry practices 
down with regard to certain animals, 
should be laid down with regard 
including bees. Those conditions and  to certain animals, including 
practices should ensure a high level 
bees. Those conditions and 
of animal welfare, which in certain 
practices should ensure a high 
aspects should go beyond the Union 
level of animal welfare, which in 
animal welfare standards applicable 
certain aspects should go beyond 
to livestock production in general. In  the Union animal welfare standards 
most cases livestock should have 
applicable to livestock production 
 
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permanent access to open air areas 
in general. In most cases livestock 
for grazing and such open air areas 
should have permanent access to 
should in principle be organised 
open air areas for grazing and 
under an appropriate system of 
such open air areas should in 
rotation. 
principle be organised under an 
appropriate system of rotation. 

Amendment 22 
Recital 23 a (new) 
 
 
(23a) Due to existing exceptions to   
higher animal welfare standards 
in organic production, the 
associated farming practices for 
animals vary considerably across 
the Union.
 
Amendment 23 
Recital 24 
(24)  In order to avoid 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(24) In order to avoid 
 
environmental pollution of natural 
environmental pollution of natural 
resources such as soil and water by 
resources such as soil, aquifers and 
nutrients, an upper limit for the use 
water by nutrients, an upper limit 
of manure per hectare and for 
for the use of manure per hectare 
keeping livestock per hectare should 
and for keeping livestock per 
be set. That limit should be related to 
hectare should be set. That limit 
the nitrogen content of the manure. 
should be related to the nitrogen 
content of the manure. 
Amendment 24 
Recital 25 
 
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(25)  Mutilations which lead to 
(25)  Mutilations which lead to 
(25) All mutilations which lead to 
 
stress, harm, disease or suffering of 
stress, harm, disease or suffering 
stress, harm, disease or suffering of 
animals should be prohibited. 
of animals should be prohibited. 
animals should be prohibited. It 
However, tail docking, trimming 
should be possible for competent 
of beaks, dehorning including 
authorities to authorise the 
disbudding and castration of 
trimming of the beaks of poultry, 
piglets may be allowed only on a 
when undertaken in the first three 
case by case basis and under 
days of life, attaching elastic bands 
certain conditions, when they 
to the tails of sheep and tail-
improve the health, welfare or 
docking, for reasons of safety or 
hygiene of the livestock or when 
animal and human health or if 
workers' safety is compromised. 
those practices are intended to 
These operations should be 
improve the health, welfare or 
authorised by a competent 
hygiene of the livestock concerned. 
authority and carried out by 
Dehorning and castration of 
qualified personnel and by 
young mammals should be 
applying adequate anaesthesia 
approved only if adequate 
and/or analgesia in order to 
anaesthesia and/or analgesia are 
reduce to a minimum any 
applied. 
suffering to the animals. 
Amendment 25 
Recital 26 
(26)  Livestock should be fed on 
(26)  Livestock should be fed on 
(26) Livestock should be fed on 
 
feed materials produced in 
feed materials produced in 
feed materials produced in 
accordance with the rules of organic 
accordance with the rules of 
accordance with the rules of 
production, and preferably coming 
organic production, and preferably 
organic production, and preferably 
from the own holding, taking their 
coming from the own holding, 
coming from the own holding, 
physiological needs into account. In 
taking their physiological needs 
taking their physiological needs 
addition, in order to provide for the 
into account. However, because of 
into account in terms of both 
 
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basic nutritional requirements of 
the limited availability of certain 
quality and quantity. It should be 
livestock, certain minerals, trace 
organic feed materials on the EU 
possible for part of the ration to 
elements and vitamins may need to 
market, in certain cases, non-
contain feed from holdings which 
be used under well-defined 
organic feed materials may be 
are in the process of converting to 
conditions. 
used in the feeding of organic 
organic farming. In addition, in 
animals and in the processing of 
order to provide for the basic 
organic feed. In addition, in order 
nutritional requirements of 
to provide for the basic nutritional 
livestock, certain minerals, trace 
requirements of livestock, certain 
elements and vitamins may need to 
minerals, trace elements and 
be used under well-defined 
vitamins may need to be used under  conditions. However, given the fact 
well-defined conditions. 
that vegetable proteins are 
currently not available on the 
market in sufficient quantities and 
are needed in order to ensure 
animal health in organic 
production, the Commission 
should take the necessary steps to 
support the production of proteins 
in organic form.
 
(27)  Animal health management 
(27)  Animal health management 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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should mainly be based on 
should mainly be based on 
prevention of disease. In addition, 
prevention of disease. In addition, 
specific cleaning and disinfection 
specific cleaning and disinfection 
measures should be applied. The 
measures should be applied. The 
preventive use of chemically-
preventive use of chemically-
synthesised allopathic medicinal 
synthesised allopathic medicinal 
products should not be permitted in 
products should not be permitted in 
organic production, except in the 
organic production, except in the 
event of sickness or injury of an 
event of sickness or injury of an 
 
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animal requiring immediate 
animal requiring immediate 
treatment and limited to the 
treatment and limited to the 
minimum necessary to re-establish 
minimum necessary to re-establish 
the well-being of the animal. In such  the well-being of the animal. In 
cases, in order to guarantee the 
such cases, in order to guarantee 
integrity of organic production for 
the integrity of organic production 
consumers, it should be possible to 
for consumers, it should be possible 
take restrictive measures such as 
to take restrictive measures such as 
doubling the official withdrawal 
doubling the official withdrawal 
period after use of such medicinal 
period after use of such medicinal 
products as specified in the relevant 
products as specified in the relevant 
Union legislation. Regarding 
Union legislation. Regarding 
beekeeping, it is necessary to lay 
beekeeping, it is necessary to lay 
down specific rules for disease 
down specific rules for disease 
prevention and veterinary treatment. 
prevention and veterinary 
treatment. 

Amendment 26 
Recital 28 
(28)  In order to ensure quality, 
(28)  In order to ensure quality, 
(28) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
supplementing the specific 
specific livestock production rules as  supplementing the specific 
livestock production rules as 
regards the origin of animals, 
livestock production rules as 
regards nutrition, disease 
livestock housing, including 
regards the origin of animals, 
prevention and veterinary 
 
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minimum surface areas indoors 
livestock housing, including 
treatment. 
and outdoors and the maximum 
minimum surface areas indoors 
number of animals per hectare, 
and outdoors and the maximum 
husbandry practices, breeding, feed 
number of animals per hectare, 
and feeding, disease prevention and 
husbandry practices, breeding, 
veterinary treatment. 
feed and feeding, disease 
prevention and veterinary 
treatment. 

(29)  This Regulation reflects the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
objectives of the new Common 
Fisheries Policy as regards 
aquaculture, which plays a key role 
in ensuring sustainable, long-term 
food security as well as growth and 
employment while reducing pressure 
on wild fish stocks, in a context of 
growing global aquatic food 
demand. The 2013 Communication 
from the Commission to the Council 
and the European Parliament on 
Strategic Guidelines for the 
sustainable development of 
European aquaculture22 highlights 
the main challenges faced by the 
Union aquaculture and its potential 
for growth. It identifies organic 
aquaculture as a particularly 
promising sector, and highlights the 
                                                 
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competitive advantages deriving 
from organic certification. 
(30)  Organic aquaculture is a 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
relatively new field of organic 
production compared to organic 
agriculture where long experience 
exists at the farm level. Given 
consumers’ growing interest in 
organic aquaculture products, further 
growth in the conversion of 
aquaculture units to organic 
production is likely. This is leading 
to increased experience, technical 
knowledge and development, with 
improvements in organic 
aquaculture that should be reflected 
in the production rules. 
(31)  In order to ensure common 
(31)  In order to ensure common 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
understanding,  avoid ambiguities 
understanding, avoid ambiguities 
and guarantee uniform application of  and guarantee uniform 
the organic aquaculture animal and 
application of the organic 
seaweed production rules, certain 
aquaculture animal and seaweed 
definitions relating to aquaculture 
production rules, certain 
should accompany those production 
definitions relating to 
rules. 
aquaculture should accompany 
those production rules.
 
Amendment 27 
Recital 32 
 
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(32)  In order to ensure quality, 
(32)  In order to ensure quality, 
(32) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
supplementing the specific algae 
specific seaweed production rules as 
specific seaweed production rules 
production rules as regards the 
regards the suitability of the aquatic  for the production of aquaculture  harvesting of wild algae and algae 
medium and the sustainable 

animals as regards disease 
cultivation, including for different 
management plan, the harvesting of  prevention and veterinary 
species of algae, and antifouling 
wild seaweed, seaweed cultivation, 
treatment in particular. the 
measures and cleaning of 
and antifouling measures and 
suitability of the aquatic medium 
production equipment and facilities, 
cleaning of production equipment 
and the sustainable management 
and in respect of the establishment 
and facilities, and in respect of the 
plan, the harvesting of wild 
of rules supplementing the specific 
establishment of rules 
seaweed, seaweed cultivation, and  production rules for aquaculture 
supplementing the specific 
antifouling measures and 
animals, including for specific 
production rules for aquaculture 
cleaning of production equipment  aquaculture species, as regards the 
animals as regards the suitability of 
and facilities, and in respect of 
origin of aquaculture animals, 
the aquatic medium and the 
the establishment of rules 
housing conditions and husbandry 
sustainable management plan, the 
supplementing the specific 
practices, management of 
origin of aquaculture animals, 
production rules for aquaculture 
molluscs, feed and feeding, disease 
aquaculture husbandry, including 
animals as regards the suitability 
prevention and veterinary 
aquatic containment systems, 
of the aquatic medium and the 
treatments. 
production systems and maximum 
sustainable management plan, 
stocking density, breeding, 
the origin of aquaculture animals, 
management of aquaculture 
aquaculture husbandry, 
animals, feed and feeding, and 
including aquatic containment 
disease prevention and veterinary 
systems, production systems and 
maximum stocking density, 

 
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treatment. 
breeding, management of 
aquaculture animals, feed and 
feeding, and disease prevention 
and veterinary treatment.
 
(33)  Operators producing organic 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
food or feed should follow 
appropriate procedures based on 
systematic identification of critical 
processing steps in order to ensure 
that processed products comply with 
the organic production rules. 
Organic processed products should 
be produced by means of processing 
methods which guarantee that the 
organic integrity and vital qualities 
of the products are maintained 
through all stages of organic 
production. 
Amendment 28 
Recital 33 a (new) 
 
 
(33a) The Commission should 
 
ensure that Member States adopt 
measures to tackle unfair practices 
in the food supply chain within the 
organic sector.
 
Amendment 29 
Recital 34 
 
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(34)  Provisions concerning the 
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(34) Provisions concerning the 
 
composition of organic processed 
composition of organic processed 
food should be laid down. In 
food should be laid down. In 
particular, such food should be 
particular, such food should be 
produced mainly from agricultural 
produced from agricultural 
ingredients that are organic with a 
ingredients that are organic with a 
limited possibility to use certain 
limited possibility to use certain 
non-organic agricultural ingredients 
non-organic agricultural ingredients 
specified in this Regulation. In 
specified in this Regulation. In 
addition, only certain substances 
addition, only certain substances 
authorised in accordance with this 
authorised in accordance with this 
Regulation should be allowed for 
Regulation should be allowed for 
use in the production of organic 
use in the production of organic 
processed food. 
processed food. 
Amendment 30 
Recital 35 
(35)  Processed food should be 
(35)  Processed food should be 
(35) Processed food should be 
 
labelled as organic only where all or 
labelled as organic only where all 
labelled as organic only where all 
almost all the ingredients of 
or almost all the ingredients of 
or almost all the ingredients of 
agricultural origin are organic. 
agricultural origin are organic. 
agricultural origin are organic. 
However, special labelling 
However, special labelling 
However, special labelling 
provisions should be laid down for 
provisions should be laid down 
provisions should be laid down for 
processed foods which include 
for processed foods which include  processed foods which include 
agricultural ingredients that cannot 
agricultural ingredients that 
agricultural ingredients that cannot 
be obtained organically, as is the 
cannot be obtained organically, 
be obtained organically, as is the 
case for products of hunting and 
as is the case for products of 
case for products of hunting and 
fishing. Moreover, for the purposes 
hunting and fishing. Moreover, 
fishing. Moreover, for the purposes 
of consumer information and 
for the purposes of consumer 
of consumer information and 
transparency in the market, and to 
information and transparency in 
transparency in the market, and to 
 
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encourage the use of organic 
the market, and to encourage the 
encourage the use of organic 
ingredients, it should also be made 
use of organic ingredients, it 
ingredients, it should also be made 
possible to refer to organic 
should also be made possible to 
possible to refer to organic 
production in the ingredients list 
refer to organic production in the  production in the ingredients list 
under certain conditions. 
ingredients list under certain 
under certain conditions, and to the 
conditions. 
origin of organic products. 
(36)  Provisions concerning the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
composition of organic processed 
feed and the use of certain 
substances and techniques in the 
production of that feed should be 
laid down. 
Amendment 31 
Recital 37 
(37)  In order to ensure quality, 
(37)  In order to ensure quality, 
(37) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
supplementing the specific 
specific production rules for 
specific production rules for 
production rules for processed feed 
processed food and feed as regards 
processed food and feed as regards 
as regards preventive and 
the procedures to be followed, 
the procedures to be followed, 
precautionary measures to be taken 
preventive measures to be taken, the 
preventive measures to be taken, 
and the techniques used in feed 
composition of processed food and 
the type, composition and 
processing, and in respect of the 
feed, cleaning measures, the 
condition of use of products and 
specific production rules for 
 
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placing on the market of processed 
substances allowed for use in of 
processed food as regards 
products including their labelling 
processed food and supplementing  preventive and precautionary 
and identification, separation of 
the production rules for 
measures to be taken, the 
organic products, agricultural 
processed feed. cleaning 
composition and conditions of use 
ingredients and feed materials from  measures, the placing on the 
of products and substances 
non-organic products, agricultural 
market of processed products 
allowed for use in processed food
ingredients and feed materials, the 
including their labelling and 
the list of non-organic agricultural 
list of non-organic agricultural 
identification, separation of 
ingredients which may 
ingredients which may exceptionally  organic products, agricultural 
exceptionally be used in the 
be used in the production of organic 
ingredients and feed materials 
production of organic processed 
processed products, calculation of 
from non-organic products, 
products, calculation of the 
the percentage of agricultural 
agricultural ingredients and feed 
percentage of agricultural 
ingredients, and the techniques used 
materials, the list of non-organic 
ingredients, and the techniques 
in food or feed processing. 
agricultural ingredients which 
used in food processing. 
may exceptionally be used in the 
production of organic processed 
products, calculation of the 
percentage of agricultural 
ingredients, and the techniques 
used in food or feed processing.
 
Amendment 32 
Recital 38 
(38)  Organic wine should be 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(38) Organic wine should be 
 
produced entirely from organic raw 
produced entirely from organic raw 
material and only certain substances 
material and only certain 
authorised in accordance with this 
substances authorised in 
Regulation should be allowed to be 
accordance with this Regulation 
added. Certain oenological 
should be allowed to be added. 
practices, processes and treatments 
Oenological practices, processes 
 
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should be prohibited in the 
and treatments must be performed 
production of organic wine. Other 
in accordance with production 
practices, processes and treatments 
rules as defined in this Regulation. 
should be permitted under well-
defined conditions.
 
Amendment 33 
Recital 39 
(39)  In order to ensure quality, 
(39)  In order to ensure quality, 
(39) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
supplementing the specific wine 
specific wine production rules as 
supplementing the specific wine 
production rules as regards 
regards oenological practices and 
production rules as regards 
oenological practices and 
restrictions. 
oenological practices and 
restrictions. 
restrictions. 
(40)  Initially yeast was not 
(40)  Initially yeast was not 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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considered an agricultural ingredient  considered an agricultural 
under Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
ingredient under Regulation (EC) 
and therefore it did not count for the 
No 834/2007 and therefore it did 
agricultural composition of organic 
not count for the agricultural 
 
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products. However, Commission 
composition of organic products. 
Regulation (EC) No 889/200823 
However, Commission Regulation 
introduced the obligatory calculation  (EC) No 889/200824 introduced the 
of yeast and yeast products as 
obligatory calculation of yeast and 
agricultural ingredients for the 
yeast products as agricultural 
purposes of organic production as of 
ingredients for the purposes of 
31 December 2013, which gave the 
organic production as of 31 
industry sufficient time to adjust to 
December 2013, which gave the 
that rule. Accordingly, only 
industry sufficient time to adjust 
organically produced substrates 
to that rule. Accordingly, only 
should be used in the production of 
organically produced substrates 
organic yeast and only certain 
should be used in the production of 
substances should be allowed for use  organic yeast and only certain 
in its production, confection and 
substances should be allowed for 
formulation. In addition, organic 
use in its production, confection 
yeast should not be present in 
and formulation. In addition, 
organic food or feed together with 
organic yeast should not be present 
non-organic yeast. 
in organic food or feed together 
with non-organic yeast. However, 
to ensure a smooth transition to 
the new production rules, it is 
necessary to allow, for a limited 
period of time, the use of a 
limited percentage of non-organic 

                                                 
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Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 
834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control ( OJ L 250, 
18.9.2008, p. 1). 
24 
Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 
834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control ( OJ L 250, 
18.9.2008, p. 1). 
 
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yeast extract for the production 
of organic yeast.
 
Amendment 34 
Recital 41 
(41)  In order to ensure quality, 
(41)  In order to ensure quality, 
(41) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
supplementing the specific 
specific production rules for organic 
specific production rules for 
production rules for organic yeast 
yeast as regards the processing and 
organic yeast as regards the 
as regards the processing and the 
the substrates used in its production. 
processing and the substrates used 
substrates used in its production. 
in its production. 
Amendment 35 
Recital 42 
(42)  In order to take account of 
(42)  This Regulation covers a 
(42) Where this Regulation does 
 
any future need to have specific 
wide range of products and lays 
not lay down detailed production 
production rules for products whose 
down production rules for 
rules for certain animal species, 
production does not fall within any 
different categories of products: 
certain aquatic plants and certain 
of the categories of specific 
plants, livestock, algae and 
micro-algae, national rules or, in 
production rules laid down in this 
aquaculture animals, as well as 
the absence thereof, private 
Regulation, as well as in order to 
processed food, including wine, 
standards recognised by the 
ensure quality, traceability and 
processed feed and yeast used as 
Member States should apply 
compliance with this Regulation 
food and feed. In the cases where 
pending the inclusion of detailed 
production rules in this 

 
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and, subsequently, adaptation to 
no specific production rules are 
Regulation. Such national rules or 
technical developments, the power 
laid down for plants or plant 
private standards should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
products, livestocks, algae or 
notified to the Commission. The 
delegated to the Commission in 
aquaculture animals, it should be 
rules laid down in this Regulation 
respect of establishing specific 
clarified that products marketed 
in respect of labelling, controls 
production rules for such products, 
as organic have to comply with 
and certification should apply 
including amendments or 
the production rules laid down 
accordingly. 
supplements thereof. 
for the relevant category of 
products, with the general 
production rules and with the 
principles of organic production. 
In the absence of specific 
production rules laid down in an 
implementing act for specific 
plants, plant products or plant 
production systems and 
implementing act for livestocks 
pecies other than bovine, ovine, 
caprine, equine, porcine animals, 
poultry and bees, Member States 
may apply national rules for 
those products. However, the 
harmonisation achieved through 
this Regulation and in particular 
the free movements of products 
complying with this Regulation 
should not be endangered. 
National rules should therefore 
respect the principles and rules of 
this Regulation and should only 
apply to products produced in 

 
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the Member States laying down 
national rules. They should not 
apply to products that are 
produced in accordance with this 
Regulation in other Member 
States. In order to take account 
of any future need to have 
specific production rules for 
products whose production does 
not fall within any of the 
categories of specific production 
rules laid down in this 
Regulation, as well as in order to 
ensure quality, traceability and 
compliance with this Regulation 
and, subsequently, adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
power to adopt certain acts 
should be delegated to the 
Commission in respect of 
establishing specific production 
rules for such products, including 
amendments or supplements 
thereof. 

 
(42a) In the cases where products 
 
GA text preferred 
are covered by the scope of the 
Regulation, but do not fall under 
one of the previously mentioned 
categories of products (plants, 
livestock, algae and aquaculture 

 
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animals, as well as processed 
food, including wine, processed 
feed and yeast used as food and 
feed), it should be clarified that, 
pending the adoption of 
production rules for such 
products, they have to comply 
with the general production rules 
and with the principles of organic 
production in order to be 
marketed as organic. To be able 
to take account of any future 
need in the internal market to 
have production rules for such 
products, the power to adopt 
certain acts should be delegated 
to the Commission in respect of 
establishing production rules for 
such products. In the absence of 
these production rules laid down 
in a delegated act, Member States 
may apply national rules for such 
products. However, the 
harmonisation achieved through 
this Regulation and in particular 
the free movement of products 
complying with this Regulation 
should not be endangered. 
National rules should therefore 
respect the principles and rules of 
this Regulation and should only 

 
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apply to products produced in 
the Member State laying down 
national rules. They should not 
apply to products that are 
produced in accordance with this 
Regulation  in other Member 
States.
 
Amendment 36 
Recital 43 
(43)  Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
(43)  Regulation (EC) No 834/2007  (43) Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
 
provided for different exceptions 
provided for different exceptions 
provided for different exceptions 
from organic production rules. The 
from organic production rules. The 
from organic production rules. The 
experience gained from the 
experience gained from the diverse  experience gained from the 
application of those provisions has 
application of those provisions has 
application of those provisions has 
shown that such exceptions have 
shown that such exceptions have a 
shown that such exceptions have 
negative impact on organic 
negative impact on organic 
not created sufficient stimulus to 
production. In particular, it has been  production. I,in particular, it has 
make such exceptions superfluous
found that the very existence of such  been found that the very 
In particular, it has been found that 
exceptions impedes the production 
existence of such exceptions 
the very existence of such 
of inputs in organic form and that 
impedes the production of inputs 
exceptions can impede an increase 
the high level of animal welfare 
in organic form and that the high  in supply of inputs in organic form 
associated with organic production is  level of animal welfare associated  and that the high level of animal 
not ensured. In addition, the 
with organic production is not 
welfare associated with organic 
management and control of 
ensured. In addition, the 
production is not always ensured. 
exceptions entail considerable 
management and control of 
In addition, the management and 
administrative burden, both for the 
exceptions entail considerable 
control of exceptions entail 
national administrations and 
administrative burden, both for the 
considerable administrative burden, 
operators. Finally, the existence of 
national administrations and for 
both for the national 
exceptions has created conditions for  operators. FinallyIn addition, the 
administrations and operators. 
 
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distortions in competition and has 
existence of exceptions has created 
Finally, the existence of exceptions 
threatened to undermine consumer 
conditions for distortions in 
has created conditions for 
confidence. Accordingly, the scope 
competition and has threatened to 
distortions in competition and has 
for allowing exceptions from 
undermine consumer confidence. 
threatened to undermine consumer 
organic production rules should be 
Accordingly, where exceptions 
confidence. Accordingly, measures 
further restricted and limited to 
have to be maintained, they 
to stimulate the development of 
cases of catastrophic 
should be applied in a 
organic breeding and to close 
circumstances. 
harmonised way to all operators 
existing gaps in the organic inputs 
in all Member States and third 
market should be established 
countries. the scope for allowing 
through this Regulation so that 
exceptions from organic 
exceptions can be phased out as 
production rules should be 
soon as possible. 
further restricted and limited to 
cases of catastrophic 
circumstances.
 
Amendment 37 
Recital 44 
(44)  In order to allow organic 
(44)  In order to allow organic 
(44) The Commission should be 
 
production to continue or 
production to continue or 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
recommence in cases of 
recommence in cases of 
in accordance with Article 36 
catastrophic circumstances, the 
catastrophic circumstances, the 
establishing the criteria by which 
power to adopt certain acts should 
power to adopt certain acts 
situations may be categorised as 
be delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
requiring exceptional production 
respect of establishing the criteria 
Commission in respect of 
rules and the ways of dealing with 
for qualifying cases of catastrophic 
establishing the criteria for 
such situations, and laying down 
circumstances and to lay down 
qualifying cases of catastrophic 
monitoring and reporting 
specific rules for addressing such 
circumstances and to lay down 
requirements, taking into account 
cases and for the necessary 
specific rules for addressing such 
expertise from the organic sector. 
monitoring and reporting 
cases and for the necessary 
 
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monitoring and reporting 
requirements. 

Amendment 38 
Recital 44 a (new) 
 
 
(44a) The consumption of food 
 
produced and marketed locally 
should be encouraged and 
promoted, in order to ensure that 
greenhouse gas emissions in the 
transport sector are as low as 
possible. In addition, in order to 
reduce waste generation, 
unpackaged products should be 
promoted and excess packaging 
must be avoided as far as possible.
 
Amendment 39 
Recital 45 
(45)  Under certain conditions 
(45)  Under certain conditions 
(45) Under certain conditions 
 
organic products and non-organic 
organic products and non-organic 
organic products and non-organic 
products can be collected and 
products can be collected and 
products can be collected and 
transported simultaneously. In order 
transported simultaneously. In 
transported simultaneously. In 
to duly separate organic from non-
order to ensure duly due separate 
order to duly separate organic from 
organic products during handling 
separation of organic from non-
non-organic products during such 
and to avoid any commingling, 
organic products during handling 
handling for collection, 
specific provisions should be laid 
and to avoid any commingling, 
transportation and processing 
down. 
specific provisions should be laid 
purposes, and to avoid any 
down. 
commingling, specific provisions 
should be laid down. 
 
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Recital 46 
(46)  In order to ensure the integrity 
(46)  In order to ensure the 
(46) In order to ensure the integrity 
 
of organic production and adaptation  integrity of organic production and 
of organic production and 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
adaptation to technical 
power to adopt certain acts should be  developments, the power to adopt 
developments, the power to adopt 
delegated to the Commission in 
certain acts should be delegated to 
certain acts should be delegated to 
respect of establishing rules 
the Commission in respect of 
the Commission in respect of 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
establishing rules supplementing 
specific rules on collection, 
supplementing the specific rules on 
the specific rules on collection, 
packaging, transport and storage of 
collection, packaging, transport 
packaging, transport and storage of 
organic products. 
and storage of organic products. 
organic products. 
Amendment 41 
Recital 47 
(47)  The use in organic production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(47) The use in organic production 
 
of products and substances such as 
of products and substances such as 
plant protection products, fertilisers, 
plant protection products, 
soil conditioners, nutrients, 
fertilisers, soil conditioners, 
components of animal nutrition, feed 
nutrients, components of animal 
or food additives, processing aids 
nutrition, feed or food additives, 
and products for cleaning and 
processing aids, products for use in 
disinfection should be limited to the 
animal husbandry and products for 
minimum and under the specific 
cleaning and disinfection should be 
conditions laid down in this 
limited to the minimum and under 
Regulation. The same approach 
the specific conditions laid down in 
should be followed regarding the use 
this Regulation. The same approach 
of products and substances as food 
should be followed regarding the 
additives and processing aids in the 
use of products and substances as 
 
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production of organic processed 
food additives and processing aids 
food. Therefore,  provisions should 
in the production of organic 
be laid down to define any possible 
processed food, products and 
use of such products and substances 
substances for oenological 
in organic production in general and 
practices and products for 
in the production of organic 
cleaning and disinfection
processed food in particular, subject 
Therefore, provisions should be 
to the principles laid down in this 
laid down to define any possible 
Regulation and to certain criteria. 
use of such products and substances 
in organic production in general 
and in the production of organic 
processed food in particular, 
subject to the principles laid down 
in this Regulation and to certain 
criteria. 
Amendment 42 
Recital 48 
(48)  In order to ensure quality, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(48) In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with this 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
production in general and the 
production in general and the 
production of organic processed 
production of organic processed 
food in particular, and adaptation to 
food in particular, and adaptation to 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission to 
delegated to the Commission in 
provide for additional criteria for 
respect of authorising or 
the authorisation or withdrawal of 
withdrawing the authorisation of 
the authorisation of products and 
products and substances that may 
be used
 in organic production in 
 
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substances for use in organic 
general and products and 
production in general and in the 
substances that may be used in the 
production of organic processed 
production of processed organic 
food in particular, and other 
food in particular, and other 
requirements for the use of such 
requirements for the use of such 
authorised products and substances. 
authorised products and substances. 
Amendment 43 
Recital 49 
(49)  In the absence of specific 
(49)  In the absence of specific 
deleted 
 
Union rules on the measures to take  Union rules on the measures to 
when non-authorised substances or 

take when non-authorised 
products are present in organic 
substances or products are 
products, different approaches have  present in organic products, 
been developed and implemented 

different approaches have been 
across the Union. This situation 
developed and implemented 
creates uncertainties for operators, 
across the Union. This situation 
control authorities and control 
creates uncertainties for 
bodies. It may also entail a different  operators, control authorities and 
treatment of operators in the Union 

control bodies. It may also entail 
and affect consumers' confidence 
a different treatment of operators 
in organic products. It is therefore 
in the Union and affect 
appropriate to lay down clear and 
consumers' confidence in organic 
uniform provisions to prohibit 
products. It is therefore 
marketing as organic those 
appropriate to lay down clear 
products in which any non-
and uniform provisions to 
authorised products or substances 
prohibit marketing as organic 
are present beyond given levels. 
those products in which any non-
Those levels should be established 
authorised products or 
taking account in particular of 
substances are present beyond 
 
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given levels. Those levels should 
2006/125/EC25 on processed cereal-
be established taking account in 
based foods and baby foods for 
particular of Commission 
infants and young children. 
Directive 2006/125/EC26 on 
processed cereal-based foods and 
baby foods for infants and young 
children. 

Amendment 44 
Recital 50 
(50)  In order to ensure the 
(50)  In order to ensure the 
deleted 
 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
transparency of the organic 
transparency of the organic 
production and labelling system, 
production and labelling system, 
the power to adopt certain acts 
the power to adopt certain acts 
should be delegated to the 
should be delegated to the 
Commission  in respect of specific 
Commission in respect of specific 
criteria and conditions for the 
criteria and conditions for the 
establishment and application of 
establishment and application of 
the levels of presence of non-
the levels of presence of non-
authorised products and substances  authorised products and 
beyond which products shall not be 

substances beyond which 
marketed as organic and with 
products shall not be marketed as 
respect to the establishment of those  organic and with respect to the 
levels and their adaptation in the 

establishment of those levels and 
                                                 
25 
Commission Directive 2006/125/EC of 5 December 2006 on processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children (OJ L 
339, 6.12.2006, p. 16). 
26 
Commission Directive 2006/125/EC of 5 December 2006 on processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children 
(OJ L 339, 6.12.2006, p. 16). 

 
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light of technical developments. 
their adaptation in the light of 
technical developments. 

Amendment 45 
Recital 51 
(51)  Organic production is based on  (51)  Organic production is based  (51) Organic production is based on   
the general principle of restriction of  on the general principle of 
the general principle of restriction 
the use of external inputs. Farmers 
restriction of the use of external 
of the use of external inputs. 
are required to take measures to 
inputs. Farmers are required to 
Farmers are required to take 
prevent the risk of contamination by 
take measures to prevent the risk 
measures to prevent the risk of 
non-authorised products or 
of contamination by non-
contamination by non-authorised 
substances. Despite such measures, 
authorised products or 
products or substances. Despite 
there may be instances where 
substances. Despite such 
such measures, there may be 
farmers are prevented from 
measures, there may be instances 
instances where farmers are 
marketing their agricultural products  where farmers are prevented 
prevented from marketing their 
as organic due to the unintentional 
from marketing their agricultural  agricultural products as organic due 
presence of non-authorised products 
products as organic due to the 
to the unintentional presence of 
or substances. It is therefore 
unintentional presence of non-
non-authorised products or 
appropriate to provide for the 
authorised products or 
substances. 
possibility whereby Member States 
substances. It is therefore 
may, in accordance with Article 42 
appropriate to provide for the 
of the Treaty, be authorised by the 
possibility whereby Member 
Commission to grant national 
States may, in accordance with 
payments to compensate for the 
Article 42 of the Treaty, be 
losses incurred in such instances. 
authorised by the Commission to 
Member States may also use the 
grant national payments to 
instruments of the Common 
compensate for the losses 
Agricultural Policy to cover totally 
incurred in such instances. 
or partially such losses. 
Member States may also use the 
instruments of the Common 

 
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totally or partially such losses.
 
Amendment 46 
Recital 52 
(52)  The labelling of agricultural 
(52)  The labelling of agricultural 
(52) The labelling of agricultural 
 
products and foodstuffs should be 
products and foodstuffs should be 
products and foodstuffs should be 
subject to the general rules laid 
subject to the general rules laid 
subject to the general rules laid 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
1169/2011 of the European 
1169/2011 of the European 
1169/2011 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council27, and 
Parliament and of the Council28
Parliament and of the Council32 
in particular the provisions aimed at 
and in particular the provisions 
and, in particular, strict compliance 
preventing labelling that may 
aimed at preventing labelling that 
with the common labelling 
confuse or mislead consumers. In 
may confuse or mislead consumers.  standards and the provisions aimed 
addition, specific provisions relating 
In addition, specific provisions 
at preventing labelling that may 
to the labelling of organic products 
relating to the labelling of organic 
confuse or mislead consumers. In 
should be laid down in this 
products and in-conversion 
addition, specific provisions 
Regulation. They should protect 
products of plant origin should be  relating to the labelling of organic 
both the interests of operators in 
laid down in this Regulation. They 
products should be laid down in 
                                                 
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Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to 
consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing 
Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (OJ L 304, 
22.11.2011, p. 18). 
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Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to 
consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing 
Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (OJ L 304, 
22.11.2011, p. 18). 
 
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having their products correctly 
should protect both the interests of 
this Regulation. They should 
identified on the market and 
operators in having their products 
protect both the interests of 
enjoying conditions of fair 
correctly identified on the market 
operators in having their products 
competition, and those of consumers  and enjoying conditions of fair 
correctly identified on the market 
in enabling them to make informed 
competition, and those of 
and enjoying conditions of fair 
choices. 
consumers in enabling them to 
competition, and those of 
make informed choices. 
consumers in enabling them to 
make informed choices. 
(53)  Accordingly, the terms used to  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
indicate organic products should be 
protected from being used in the 
labelling of non-organic products 
throughout the Union and 
independently of the language used. 
The protection should also apply to 
the usual derivatives or diminutives 
of those terms, whether they are 
used alone or combined. 
 
(53a) Processed food should be 
 
GA text preferred 
labelled as organic only where all 
or almost all the ingredients of 
agricultural origin are organic. 
To encourage the use of organic 
ingredients, it should also be 
made possible to refer to organic 
production in the ingredients list 
of non-organic processed food 
under certain conditions in 
particular that the food in 

 
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question complies with certain 
production rules of this 
Regulation. Special labelling 
provisions should also be laid 
down to give the possibilty to 
operators to identify organic 
ingredients used in the labelling 
of products of hunting and 
fishing. 

 
(53b) Processed feed should be 
 
GA text preferred 
labelled as organic only where all 
or almost all the ingredients of 
agricultural origin are organic.
 
(54)  In order to create clarity for 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
consumers throughout the Union 
market, the use of the organic 
production logo of the European 
Union should be made obligatory for 
all organic pre-packed food 
produced within the Union. It should 
otherwise be possible to use that 
logo on a voluntary basis in the case 
of non pre-packed organic products 
produced within the Union or any 
organic products imported from third 
countries. The model of the organic 
production logo of the European 
Union should be set out in this 
Regulation. 
 
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(55)  However, in order not to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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mislead consumers as to the organic 
nature of the entire product, it is 
considered appropriate to limit the 
use of that logo to products which 
contain only, or almost only, organic 
ingredients. It should therefore not 
be allowed to use it in the labelling 
of in-conversion products or 
processed products of which less 
than 95 % of their ingredients of 
agricultural origin are organic. 
(56)  For the sake of avoiding any 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
possible confusion amongst 
consumers about the Union or non-
Union origin of a product, whenever 
the organic production logo of the 
European Union is used, consumers 
should be informed about the place 
where the agricultural raw materials 
of which the product is composed 
have been farmed. In this context, it 
should be allowed to refer to 
aquaculture in the label of products 
from organic aquaculture instead of 
referring to agriculture. 
Amendment 47 
Recital 57 
 
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(57)  In order to provide clarity for 
(57)  In order to provide clarity for 
(57) In order to provide clarity for 
 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
communicated to them, the power to  communicated to them, the power 
communicated to them, the power 
adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
respect of adapting the list of terms 
respect of adapting the list of terms 
respect of adapting the list of terms 
referring to organic production set 
referring to organic production set 
referring to organic production set 
out in this Regulation, establishing 
out in this Regulation, establishing 
out in this Regulation, laying down 
the specific labelling and 
the specific labelling and 
further rules on labelling and the 
composition requirements 
composition requirements 
use of the indications, other than 
applicable to feed and ingredients 
applicable to feed and ingredients  the organic production logo of the 
thereof, laying down further rules on  thereof, laying down further 
European Union, set out in this 
labelling and the use of the 
rules on labelling and the use of 
Regulation, and amending the 
indications, other than the organic 
the indications, other than the 
organic production logo of the 
production logo of the European 
organic production logo of the 
European Union and the rules 
Union, set out in this Regulation, 
European Union, set out in this 
relating thereto. 
and amending the organic 
Regulation, and amending the 
production logo of the European 
organic production logo of the 
Union and the rules relating thereto. 
European Union and the rules 
relating thereto. 
Amendment 48 
Recital 58 
(58)  Organic production is only 
(58)  Organic production is only 
(58) Organic production is only 
 
credible if accompanied by effective 
credible if accompanied by 
credible if accompanied by 
verification and controls at all stages  effective verification and controls 
effective verification and controls 
of production, processing and 
at all stages of production, 
at all stages of production, 
distribution. Organic production 
processing and distribution. 
processing and distribution. 
should be subject to official controls 
Organic production should be 
Organic production should be 
 
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or other official activities carried out  subject to official controls or other 
subject to official controls or other 
in accordance with Regulation (EU)  official activities carried out in 
official activities carried out in 
No (XXX/XXXX) of the European 
accordance with Regulation (EU) 
accordance with this Regulation to 
Parliament and of the Council29 to 
No (XXX/XXXX) of the European 
verify compliance with the rules on 
verify compliance with the rules on 
Parliament and of the Council30 to 
organic production and labelling of 
organic production and labelling of 
verify compliance with the rules on 
organic products. Therefore, 
organic products. 
organic production and labelling of 
specific rules for organic 
organic products. In addition to 
production, concerning the control 
the rules of Regulation (EU) No 
of the production process 
XXX/XXX (Official controls 
throughout the organic production 
Regulation), specific rules for 
chain, should fall within the scope 
official controls and other official 
of this Regulation. 
activities in relation to organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products should be laid 
down in this Regulation.
 
                                                 
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Regulation (EU) No XX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council of […] on official controls and other official activities performed 
to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health, plant reproductive material, plant protection 
products and amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, 1829/2003, 1831/2003, 1/2005, 396/2005, 834/2007, 1099/2009, 1069/2009, 
1107/2009, Regulations (EU) No 1151/2012, [….]/2013 [Office of Publications, please insert number of Regulation laying down provisions for 
the management of expenditure relating to the food chain, animal health and animal welfare, and relating to plant health and plant reproductive 
material], and Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC, 2008/120/EC and 2009/128/EC (Official controls Regulation)  (OJ 
L …). 
30 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council of […] on official controls and other official activities performed 
to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health, plant reproductive material, plant protection 
products and amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, 1829/2003, 1831/2003, 1/2005, 396/2005, 834/2007, 1099/2009, 1069/2009, 
1107/2009, Regulations (EU) No 1151/2012, [….]/2013 [Office of Publications, please insert number of Regulation laying down provisions for 
the management of expenditure relating to the food chain, animal health and animal welfare, and relating to plant health and plant reproductive 
material], and Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC, 2008/120/EC and 2009/128/EC (Official controls Regulation)  (OJ 
L …). 
 
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(59)  Specific requirements should 
(59)  Specific requirements should 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
be laid down to ensure compliance 
be laid down to ensure compliance 
with the rules that are peculiar to 
with the rules that are peculiar 
organic production. In particular, 
specific to organic production. In 
provisions should be made for 
particular, provisions should be 
notification of the activities of the 
made for notification of the 
operators and for a certification 
activities of the operators and for 
system to identify the operators that 
a certification system that allows 
comply with the rules governing 
the competent authorites to 
organic production and labelling of 
identify the operators or groups of 
organic products. Those provisions 
operators whose that  activities 
should also apply to any 
relate to organic production so 
subcontractors of the operators 
that these authorities or, as 
concerned. The transparency of the 
appropriate, the control 
certification system should be 
authorities or control bodies 
ensured by requiring Member States 
verify their compliance comply 
to make public the list of operators 
with the rules governing organic 
that have notified their activities and 
production and labelling of organic 
any fees that may be collected in 
products. In order to avoid 
relation to the controls for verifying 
disproportionate burden and 
compliance with the organic 
costs, these notification and 
production rules. 
certification requirements should 
not apply to the retail operators 
who sell products directly to the 
final consumers or users and do 
not produce, prepare or store 
organic products other than at 
the point of sale, do not import 
organic products and have not 
contracted out those activities to 
third parties.
 Those provisions 
 
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should also apply to any 
Ssubcontractors of the operators 
should comply with the 
notification and certification 
requirements, concerned
 unless 
the subcontracted activities are 
covered by the organic 
certification of the operators 
concerned
. The transparency of the 
certification system should be 
ensured by requiring Member 
States to make public the list of 
operators that have notified their 
activities and any fees that may be 
collected in relation to the controls 
for verifying compliance with the 
organic production rules. 
 
(59a) The certification system 
 
GA text preferred 
should encompass the delivery of 
an organic certificate that, being 
an official certification within the 
meaning of Regulation (EU) No 
(XXX/XXXX) of the European 
Parliament and of the Council 
(Offcial controls Regulation),  
certifies the compliance of the 
notified activity with this 
Regulation, and should allow the 
identification of the operator or 
group of operators, the categories 

 
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of products that are certified, as 
well as of the length of its 
validity.
 
Amendment 49 
Recital 60 
(60)  Small farmers in the Union 
(60)  Small-scale farmers and 
(60) Small farmers in the Union 
 
face, individually, relatively high 
operators producing algae or 
face, individually, relatively high 
inspection costs and administrative 
aquaculture animals in the Union 
inspection costs and administrative 
burden linked to organic 
face, individually, relatively high 
burden linked to organic 
certification. A system of group 
inspection costs and administrative 
certification. A system of group 
certification should be allowed with 
burden linked to organic 
certification should be allowed with 
a view to reducing the inspection 
certification. A system of group 
a view to reducing the inspection 
and certification costs and the 
certification should be allowed with  and certification costs and the 
associated administrative burden, 
a view to reducing the inspection 
associated administrative burden, 
strengthening local networks, 
and certification costs and the 
strengthening local networks, 
contributing to better market outlets 
associated administrative burden, 
contributing to better market outlets 
and ensuring a level playing field 
strengthening local networks, 
and ensuring a level playing field 
with operators in third countries. For  contributing to better market outlets  with operators in third countries. 
that reason, the concept of ‘group of 
and ensuring a level playing field 
For that reason, the concept of 
operators’ should be introduced and 
with operators in third countries. 
‘group of operators' should be 
defined. 
For that reason, the concept of 
introduced and defined .That 
‘group of operators’ should be 
concept should also include 
introduced and defined. 
cross-border groupsFurthermore, 
Member States should make 
dedicated use of cooperation 
measures between farmers, 
especially small farmers eligible 
under Regulation (EU) No 
1305/2013.
 
 
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Recital 61 
(61)  In order to ensure the 
(61)  In order to ensure the 
deleted 
 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
transparency of the organic 
transparency of the organic 
production and labelling system, 
production and labelling system, 
the power to adopt certain acts 
the power to adopt certain acts 
should be delegated to the 
should be delegated to the 
Commission in respect of the 
Commission in respect of the 
requirements for keeping of records  requirements for keeping of 
by operators or groups of operators,  
records by operators or groups of 
the requirements for publication of 

operators, the requirements for 
the list of operators, the 
publication of the list of 
requirements and procedures to be 
operators, the requirements and 
applied for  publication of the fees 
procedures to be applied for  
that may be collected in relation to 
publication of the fees that may 
the controls for verifying 
be collected in relation to the 
compliance with the organic 
controls for verifying compliance 
production rules and for 
with the organic production rules 
supervision by the competent 
and for supervision by the 
authorities of the application of 
competent authorities of the 
those fees, as well as the criteria for  application of those fees, as well 
defining the groups of products in 

as the criteria for defining the 
respect of which operators should 
groups of products in respect of 
be entitled to have only one organic  which operators should be 
certificate issued by the control 

entitled to have only one organic 
authority or control body 
certificate issued by the control 
concerned. 
authority or control body 
concerned.
 
 
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Recital 62 
(62)  In order to ensure that the 
(62)  In order to ensure that the 
deleted 
 
certification of a group of operators  certification of a group of 
is done effectively and efficiently, 

operators is done effectively and 
the power to adopt certain acts 
efficiently, the power to adopt 
should be delegated to the 
certain acts should be delegated 
Commission in respect of the 
to the Commission in respect of 
responsibilities of the individual 
the responsibilities of the 
members of a group of operators, 
individual members of a group of 
the composition and size of that 
operators, the composition and 
group, the categories of products to 
size of that group, the categories 
be produced by a group of 
of products to be produced by a 
operators, the conditions for 
group of operators, the conditions 
participation in the group, and the 
for participation in the group, 
set up and functioning of the 
and the set up and functioning of 
group's system for internal 
the group's system for internal 
controls, including the scope, 
controls, including the scope, 
content and frequency of the 
content and frequency of the 
controls to be carried out. 
controls to be carried out. 
Amendment 52 
Recital 62 a (new) 
 
 
(62a) In order to maximise 
 
opportunities for small farmers 
and encourage individual farmers 
to form groups of operators, the 
rules concerning groups of 
operators should reflect the needs 

 
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and resource capacity of all small 
farmers.
 
 
(62a) Specific, additional 
 
GA text preferred 
provisions to define the aspects 
that should be included as part of 
verification of compliance should 
be laid down in this Regulation, 
as regards the essential elements 
for the risk-based approach 
underpinning the performance of 
official controls, the minimum 
frequency of verification of 
compliance for all organic 
operators or groups of operators, 
the specific conditions for the 
delegation of official control 
tasks, including in respect of the 
approval, supervision, and 
suspension or withdrawal of the 
delegated bodies, and measures in 
case of non compliance. 

 
(62b) As regards the measures to 
 
GA text preferred 
take when non-authorised 
substances or products are 
present in organic products, 
different approaches have been 
developed and implemented 
across the Union. This situation 
creates uncertainties for 

 
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operators, control authorities and 
control bodies. It may also entail 
a different treatment of operators 
in the Union and affect 
consumers' confidence in organic 
products. It is therefore 
appropriate to lay down clear 
and uniform provisions requiring 
competent authorities or, where 
appropriate, control authorities 
or control bodies to carry out an 
investigation in order to 
determine the source and the 
cause of the presence of such 
substances or products in organic 
products and to conclude on 
whether such products can be 
placed on the market as organic. 
It is also appropriate that, based 
on information transmitted by 
Member States on the cases 
where non authorised products 
or substances have been detected, 
the Commission presents a report 
to the European Parliament and 
the Council by 2021. In order to 
ensure
 uniform conditions for the 
implementation of this 
Regulation, implementing powers 
should be conferred on the 
Commission as regards the 

 
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methodology to be used in order 
to detect and evaluate the 
presence of products or 
substances that have not been 
authorised and the related 
procedures. 

(63)  The experience with the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
arrangements for import of organic 
products into the Union under 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 has 
shown that there is a need to revise 
those arrangements in order to 
respond to consumer expectations 
that imported organic products meet 
rules as high as those of the Union, 
as well as to better ensure the access 
of Union organic products to the 
international market. In addition, it 
is necessary to provide for clarity 
regarding the rules applicable to 
export of organic products, in 
particular by establishing a 
certificate of export and laying down 
provisions for export to third 
countries recognised for the purpose 
of equivalence under Regulation 
(EC) No 834/2007. 
 
(63a) The arrangements for 
 
GA text preferred 
import of organic products into 
 
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the Union should be conducted 
within the framework of the 
principles and objectives of the 
Union's external action, and in 
particular with the goal of full 
coherence with the development 
cooperation as set out in Article 
21(2)(d) and (e) of the Treaty on 
European Union. 

(64)  The provisions governing the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
import of products that comply with 
the Union production and labelling 
rules and in respect of which 
operators have been subject to the 
control of control authorities and 
control bodies recognised by the 
Commission as competent to carry 
out controls and certification in the 
field of organic production in third 
countries, should be further 
reinforced. In particular, 
requirements concerning the 
accreditation bodies which accredit 
control bodies for the purposes of 
import of compliant organic 
products into the Union should be 
laid down, aiming at ensuring a level 
playing field for the supervision of 
the control bodies by the 
Commission. Furthermore, it is 
 
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necessary to provide for the 
possibility for the Commission to 
contact directly the accreditation 
bodies and competent authorities in 
third countries to render the 
supervision of control authorities 
and control bodies respectively more 
efficient. 
(65)  The possibility for organic 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
products to get access to the Union 
market where such products do not 
comply with the Union rules on 
organic production but come from 
third countries whose organic 
production and control systems have 
been recognised as equivalent to 
those of the Union should be 
preserved. However, the recognition 
of equivalence of third countries, as 
laid down in Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007, should only be granted 
through an international agreement 
between the Union and those third 
countries, where a reciprocal 
recognition of equivalence would be 
also pursued for the Union. 
(66)  Third countries recognised for 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
the purpose of equivalence under 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
 
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should continue to be recognised as 
such under this Regulation, for a 
limited period of time necessary to 
ensure a smooth transition to the 
scheme of recognition through an 
international agreement, provided 
that they continue to ensure the 
equivalence of their organic 
production and control rules to the 
relevant Union rules in force and 
that they fulfil all requirements 
relating to the supervision of their 
recognition by the Commission. 
That supervision should be based in 
particular on the annual reports the 
third countries send to the 
Commission. 
Amendment 53 
Recital 67 
(67)  The experience with the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(67) Experience with the scheme of   
scheme of control authorities and 
control authorities and control 
control bodies recognised as 
bodies recognised as competent to 
competent to carry out controls and 
carry out controls and issue 
issue certificates in third countries 
certificates in third countries for the 
for the purpose of import of products 
purpose of import of products 
providing equivalent guarantees 
providing equivalent guarantees 
shows that the rules applied by those 
shows that the rules applied by 
authorities and bodies are different 
those authorities and bodies are 
and could be difficult to be 
different and could be difficult to 
 
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considered as equivalent to the 
be considered as equivalent to the 
respective Union rules. Furthermore, 
respective Union rules. 
multiplication of control authorities 
Furthermore, multiplication of 
and control bodies standards 
control authorities and control 
hampers adequate supervision by the 
bodies standards hampers adequate 
Commission. Therefore that scheme 
supervision by the Commission. 
of recognition of equivalence should 
Therefore, that scheme of 
be abolished. However, sufficient 
recognition of equivalence should 
time should be given to those control 
be modified so as to introduce a 
authorities and control bodies so that 
new system of adapted compliance 
they can prepare themselves for 
where appropriate. However, 
obtaining recognition for the 
sufficient time should be given to 
purposes of import of products 
those control authorities and control 
complying with Union rules. 
bodies so that they can prepare 
themselves for obtaining 
recognition for the purposes of 
import of products complying with 
Union rules. 
(68)  The placing on the market  as 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
organic of any organic product 
imported into the Union, under any 
of the import arrangements provided 
for in this Regulation, should be 
subject to the availability of the 
information necessary to ensure the 
traceability of the product on the 
food chain. 
Amendment 54 
Recital 69 
 
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(69)  In order to ensure fair 
(69)  In order to ensure fair 
(69) In order to ensure the 
 
competition among operators, the 
competition among operators, the 
traceability of the imported 
traceability of the imported products 
traceability of the imported 
products intended to be placed on 
intended to be placed on the market 
products intended to be placed on 
the market within the Union as 
within the Union as organic or the 
the market within the Union as 
organic or the transparency of the 
transparency of the recognition and 
organic,or the transparency of the 
recognition and supervision 
supervision procedure for control 
recognition and supervision 
procedure for control authorities 
authorities and control bodies within  procedure for control authorities 
and control bodies within the 
the context of import of compliant 
and control bodies within the 
context of import of compliant 
organic products, and in order to 
context of import of compliant 
organic products, and in order to 
ensure the management of the list of 
organic products, the effectiveness,  ensure the management of the list 
third countries recognised for the 
efficiency and transparency of 
of third countries recognised for the 
purpose of equivalence under 
controls of imported products and  purpose of equivalence under 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, the 
in order to ensure the 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, the 
power to adopt certain acts should be  management of the list of third 
power to adopt certain acts should 
delegated to the Commission in 
countries recognised for the 
be delegated to the Commission in 
respect of the documents intended 
purpose of equivalence under 
respect of the documents necessary 
for customs authorities in third 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, the 
for the purposes of import, also in 
countries, in particular an organic 
power to adopt certain acts should 
electronic form wherever possible
export certificate, in electronic form  be delegated to the Commission in 
in respect of fulfilment of the 
wherever possible, the documents 
respect of the documents intended  criteria for recognition or 
necessary for the purposes of import,  for customs authorities in third 
withdrawal of the recognition of 
also in electronic form wherever 
countries, in particular an 
control authorities and control 
possible, the criteria for recognition 
organic export certificate, in 
bodies in the context of import of 
or withdrawal of the recognition of 
electronic form wherever 
compliant organic products, in 
control authorities and control 
possible, the documents necessary  respect of the information to be sent 
bodies in the context of import of 
for the purposes of import, also 
by third countries recognised under 
compliant organic products, and in 
in electronic form wherever 
that Regulation which is necessary 
respect of the information to be sent 
possible, the additional criteria for 
for the supervision of their 
by third countries recognised under 
recognition or withdrawal of the 
recognition, in respect of laying-
that Regulation necessary for the 
recognition of control authorities 
down the provisions for the 
 
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supervision of their recognition and 
and control bodies in the context of 
exercise of that supervision by the 
the exercise of that supervision by 
import of compliant organic 
Commission, including on-the-spot 
the Commission, including on-the-
products, in respect of the exercise  examination, in respect of the 
spot examination. 
of the supervision on those 
procedure to be followed for the 
control authorities and control 
recognition of the control 
bodies by the Commission, 
authorities and control bodies, 
including through on-the-spot 
including the content of the 
examination, in respect of the 
technical dossier to be submitted, 
controls and other actions to be 
as well as a withdrawal of 
performed by control authorities 
recognition, and in respect of the 
and control bodies recognised for  controls and other actions to be 
the import of compliant organic 
performed by control authorities 
products, and in respect of the 
and control bodies recognised by 
information to be sent by third 
the Commission. Where serious or 
countries recognised under that 
repeated infringements of the rules 
Regulation necessary for the 
governing inspection and 
supervision of their recognition and  certification are detected, 
the exercise of that supervision by 
recognition of the control bodies 
the Commission, including on-the-
concerned should be immediately 
spot examination. 
withdrawn, in the third countries 
concerned as well as throughout 
the Union market for national 
accreditation bodies established in 
the Union
. 
Amendment 55 
Recital 69 a (new) 
 
 
(69a) The power to adopt certain 
 
acts should be delegated to the 
Commission in respect of the 
application of measures relating to 

 
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non-compliance, or suspected non-
compliance, with the applicable 
rules, affecting the integrity of 
organic products imported from 
third countries recognised under 
Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 and as regards the 
system to be used to transmit the 
information necessary for the 
implementation and monitoring of 
this Regulation. All information 
about suspected non-compliance, 
withdrawal of recognition or 
suspension of authorisation 
should be immediately 
communicated to all competent 
authorities and control bodies in 
order to avoid the placing on the 
market of non-authorised 
products.
 
Amendment 56 
Recital 70 
(70)  Provision should be made to 
(70)  Provision should be made to 
(70) Provision should be made to 
 
ensure that the movement of organic 
ensure that the movement of 
ensure that the movement of 
products that have been subject to a 
organic products that have been 
organic products that have been 
control in one Member State and 
subject to a control in one Member 
subject to a control in one Member 
which comply with this Regulation 
State and which comply with this 
State and which comply with this 
cannot be restricted in another 
Regulation cannot be restricted in 
Regulation cannot be restricted in 
Member State. In order to ensure 
another Member State. In order to 
another Member State. 
 
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the proper functioning of the single  ensure the proper functioning of 
market and trade between Member 

the single market and trade 
States, the power to adopt certain 
between Member States, the 
acts should be delegated to the 
power to adopt certain acts 
Commission to lay down rules 
should be delegated to the 
relating to the free movement of 
Commission to lay down rules 
organic products. 
relating to the free movement of 
organic products. 

Amendment 57 
Recital 71 
(71)  For the purpose of obtainaing 
(71)  For the purpose of obtainaing 
(71) For the purpose of obtaining 
 
reliable information needed for the 
reliable information needed for the 
reliable information needed for the 
implementation of this Regulation, 
implementation of this Regulation, 
implementation of this Regulation, 
Member States should provide the 
Member States should provide the 
Member States should provide the 
Commission annually with the 
Commission annually with the 
Commission annually with the 
necessary information. For reasons 
necessary information, including 
necessary up-to-date statistical 
of clarity and transparency, Member 
the relevant statistical data which  information. For reasons of clarity 
States should keep updated lists of 
shall be defined within the 
and transparency, Member States 
competent authorities, control 
context of the European 
should keep updated lists of 
authorities and control bodies. The 
Statistical Programme. For 
competent authorities, control 
lists of control authorities and 
reasons of clarity and transparency, 
authorities and control bodies. The 
control bodies should be made 
Member States should keep 
lists of control authorities and 
public by the Member States and 
updated lists of competent 
control bodies should be made 
annually published by the 
authorities, control authorities and 
public by the Member States and 
Commission. 
control bodies. The lists of control 
annually published by the 
authorities and control bodies, and 
Commission. 
any change thereof, should be 
made public transmitted by the 
Member States to the 
 
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Commission, that shall regularly 
and annually
 published by the 
Commission them
. 
Amendment 58 
Recital 72 
(72)  It is necessary to lay down 
(72)  It is necessary to lay down 
(72) It is necessary to lay down 
 
measures to ensure a smooth 
measures to ensure a smooth 
measures to ensure a smooth 
transition to some modifications of 
transition to some modifications 
transition to some modifications of 
the legal framework governing the 
of the legal framework governing 
the legal framework governing the 
import of organic products into the 
the import of organic products 
import of organic products into the 
Union, as introduced by this 
into the Union, as introduced by 
Union, as introduced by this 
Regulation. In particular, in order to 
this Regulation. In particular, in 
Regulation. In particular, in order 
ensure a smooth transition from the 
order to ensure a smooth 
to ensure a smooth transition from 
old to the new legal framework, the 
transition from the old to the new  the old to the new legal framework, 
power to adopt certain acts should be  legal framework, the power to 
the power to adopt certain acts 
delegated to the Commission in 
adopt certain acts should be 
should be delegated to the 
respect of the rules relating to 
delegated to the Commission in 
Commission in respect of the rules 
conversion periods starting under 
respect of the rules relating to 
relating to conversion periods 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, by 
conversion periods starting under  starting under Regulation (EC) No 
way of derogation from the general 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, by 
834/2007. 
rule that no previous periods may 
way of derogation from the 
be recognised retroactively as being  general rule that no previous 
part of the conversion period.
 
periods may be recognised 
retroactively as being part of the 
conversion period.
 
(73)  Furthermore, a date for the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
expiration of the recognition of 
control authorities and control 
 
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bodies for the purpose of 
equivalence should be set and 
provisions to address the situation 
until the expiration of their 
recognition should be laid down. 
Provisions should also be laid down 
regarding applications from third 
countries for the purpose of 
equivalence which have been 
submitted under Regulation (EC) No 
834/2007 and which are pending at 
the time of entry into force of this 
Regulation. 
(74)  In order to ensure the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
management of the list of control 
authorities and control bodies 
recognised for the purpose of 
equivalence under Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 and to facilitate the 
completion of the examination of 
applications from third countries for 
recognition for the purpose of 
equivalence that are pending at the 
date of entry into force of this 
Regulation, the power to adopt 
certain acts should be delegated to 
the Commission in respect of the 
information to be sent by those 
control authorities and control 
bodies that is necessary for the 
 
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supervision of their recognition and 
in respect of the exercise of that 
supervision by the Commission, as 
well as in respect of any procedural 
rules necessary for the examination 
of the pending applications from 
third countries. 
Amendment 59 
Recital 75 
(75)  In order to ensure uniform 
(75)  In order to ensure uniform 
(75) In order to ensure uniform 
 
conditions for the implementation of  conditions for the implementation 
conditions for the implementation 
this Regulation, implementing 
of this Regulation, implementing 
of this Regulation, implementing 
powers should be conferred on the 
powers should be conferred on the 
powers should be conferred on the 
Commission as regards the technical  Commission as regards the 
Commission as regards the 
details for the establishment of the 
following: the separation of the 
technical details for the 
database for the listing of the 
organic and non-organic units of 
establishment of the single database 
varieties for which plant 
a holding; the documents to be 
for the listing of the varieties, in 
reproductive material obtained by 
supplied in view of the retroactive  particular traditional and rare 
the organic production method is 
recognition of a previous period 
varieties, for which plant 
available, as regards the 
as part of conversion; the 
reproductive material obtained by 
authorisation or the withdrawal of 
requirements for specific plants, 
the organic production method is 
the authorisation of the products and  plant products or plant 
available, as regards the 
substances that may be used in 
production systems, the technical 
authorisation or the withdrawal of 
organic production in general and in 
details for the establishment of the 
the authorisation of the products 
the production of processed organic 
database for the listing of the 
and substances that may be used in 
food in particular, including the 
varieties and populations for 
organic production in general and 
procedures to be followed for the 
which plant reproductive material
in the production of processed 
authorisation and the lists of those 
excluding seedlings, obtained by 
organic food in particular, 
products and substances and, where 
the organic production method is 
including the procedures to be 
 
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appropriate, their description, 
available, and the conditions for 
followed for the authorisation and 
compositional requirement and 
the use of non-organic plant 
the lists of those products and 
conditions for use, as regards the 
reproductive material; specific 
substances and, where appropriate, 
specific and practical modalities 
rules for bovine, ovine, caprine, 
their description, compositional 
regarding the presentation, 
equine, porcine animals, poultry, 
requirement and conditions for use, 
composition and size of the 
bees, and other livestock species; 
as regards the specific and practical 
indications referring to the code 
the use of non-organic animals 
modalities regarding the 
numbers of control authorities and 
for breeding purposes; specific 
presentation, composition and size 
control bodies and of the indication 
rules for algae cultivation and 
of the indications referring to the 
of the place where the agricultural 
sustainable harvesting of wild 
code numbers of control authorities 
raw materials have been farmed, the 
algae; specific rules for different 
and control bodies and of the 
assignment of code numbers to 
species of aquaculture animals; 
indication of the place where the 
control authorities and control 
the use of non-organic 
agricultural raw materials have 
bodies and the indication of the 
aquaculture juveniles; specific 
been farmed, the assignment of 
place where the agricultural raw 
rules concerning the production 
code numbers to control authorities 
materials have been farmed, as 
methods and the techniques 
and control bodies and the 
regards the details and specifications  authorised in the processing of 
indication of the place where the 
regarding the content, form and way 
specific food or feed products; the  agricultural raw materials have 
of notification of the notifications by  identification of oenological 
been farmed, as regards the details 
operators and groups of operators of 
practices, processes and 
and specifications regarding the 
their activity to the competent 
treatments prohibited and 
content, form and way of 
authorities and the form of 
restricted in the production of 
notification of the notifications by 
publication of the fees that may be 
organic wine; specific rules on 
operators and groups of operators 
collected for the controls, as regards   how to deal with catastrophic 
of their activity to the competent 
the exchange of information between  circumstances, possible 
authorities and the form of 
groups of operators and competent 
exceptions to be applied in such 
publication of the fees that may be 
authorities, control authorities and 
cases for a limited period of time 
collected for the controls, as 
control bodies and between Member 
and monitoring and reporting 
regards  the exchange of 
States and the Commission, as 
requirements; the authorisation or 
information between groups of 
regards the recognition or 
the withdrawal of the authorisation 
operators and competent 
withdrawal of the recognition of 
of the products and substances that 
authorities, control authorities and 
 
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control authorities and control 
may be used in organic production 
control bodies and between 
bodies which are competent to carry 
in general and in the production of 
Member States and the 
out controls in third countries and 
processed organic food in 
Commission, as regards the 
the establishment of the list of those 
particular, including the procedures 
recognition or withdrawal of the 
control authorities and control 
to be followed for the authorisation 
recognition of control authorities 
bodies and rules to ensure the 
and the lists of those products and 
and control bodies which are 
application of measures in relation to  substances and, where appropriate, 
competent to carry out controls in 
cases of non-compliance, or 
their description, compositional 
third countries and the 
suspicion thereof, affecting the 
requirement and conditions for use;  establishment of the list of those 
integrity of imported organic 
specific labelling rules for in-
control authorities and control 
products, as regards the 
conversion products of plant 
bodies and rules to ensure the 
establishment of a list of third 
origin; the specific and practical 
application of measures in relation 
countries recognised under Article 
modalities regarding the use, 
to cases of non-compliance, or 
33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
presentation, composition and size 
suspicion thereof, affecting the 
834/2007 and the amendment of that  of the indications referring to the 
integrity of imported organic 
list as well as rules to ensure the 
code numbers of control authorities 
products, as regards the 
application of measures in relation to  and control bodies and of the 
establishment of a list of third 
cases of non-compliance, or 
indication of the place where the 
countries recognised under Article 
suspicion thereof, affecting the 
agricultural raw materials have 
33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
integrity of organic products 
been farmed, and the assignment of  834/2007 and the amendment of 
imported from those countries, as 
code numbers to control authorities 
that list as well as rules to ensure 
regards the system to be used to 
and control bodies and the 
the application of measures in 
transmit the information necessary 
indication of the place where the 
relation to cases of non-
for the implementation and 
agricultural raw materials have 
compliance, or suspicion thereof, 
monitoring of this Regulation, and as  been farmed; the requirements 
affecting the integrity of organic 
regards the establishment of the list 
for the content, form and way of 
products imported from those 
of control authorities and control 
the notification to be made by 
countries, as regards the system to 
bodies recognised under Article 
operators or groups of operators, 
be used to transmit the information 
33(3) of Regulation (EC) No 
the keeping of records by 
necessary for the implementation 
834/2007 and the amendment of that  operators or groups of operators, 
and monitoring of this Regulation, 
list. Those powers should be 
the publication by Member States  and as regards the establishment of 
 
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exercised in accordance with 
of the list of operators or groups 
the list of control authorities and 
Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the  of operators, the requirements on  control bodies recognised under 
European Parliament and of the 
the form and procedures to be 
Article 33(3) of Regulation (EC) 
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applied for the publication of the 
No 834/2007 and the amendment of 
fees that may be collected in 
that list. Those powers should be 
relation to the controls for 
exercised in accordance with 
verifying compliance with the 
Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of 
organic production rules and for 
the European Parliament and of the 
the supervision by the competent 
Council34. 
authorities of the application of 
those fees; the content and the 
form of the organic certificate; 
the composition and dimension of 
the group of operators, the 
criteria for the geographical 
proximity of its members, the 
conditions for participation in the 
group including in respect of the 
product categories produced by 
its members, the set up and 
functioning of the group's system 
for internal controls, including 
the scope, content and frequency 
of the controls to be carried out, 
the responsibilities and 
obligations of the members of the 
group, and the exchange of 
information between the group 

                                                 
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concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13). 
 
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and the competent authorities, 
control authorities and control 
bodies as well as between the 
Member States and the 
Commission; the specific tasks of 
the competent authorities, the 
timing, methods and techniques 
for the controls to be performed, 
the modalities for sampling as 
regards in particular the range of 
samples to be taken and the stage 
of production, processing and 
distribution where samples shall 
be taken, the modalities for 
establishing the likelihood of non-
compliance and the frequency of 
sampling, the reporting 
obligations for the competent 
authorities, the control 
authorities  and the control 
bodies, the specific obligations, 
arrangements and undertakings 
by operators, the cases where 
competent authorities are to take 
which actions and measures in 
case of non compliance, the 
exchange of information between 
competent authorites, control 
authorities and control bodies 
concerning cases of non-
compliance so as to be adapted to 

 
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the specific needs of the organic 
production sector; the documents 
intended for customs authorities 
in third countries, in particular 
an organic export certificate, in 
electronic form wherever 
possible; the content of the 
certificates confirming that all 
operators or groups of operators 
are in compliance with this 
Regulation and of the certificates 
of inspection and the procedure 
to be followed for their issuance 
and verification,
 as regards the 
details and specifications 
regarding the content, form and 
way of notification of the 
notifications by operators and 
groups of operators of their 
activity to the competent 
authorities and the form of 
publication of the fees that may 
be collected for the controls, as 
regards  the exchange of 
information between groups of 
operators and competent 
authorities, control authorities 
and control bodies and between 
Member States and the 
Commission;
 the recognition or 
withdrawal of the recognition of 
 
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control authorities and control 
bodies which are competent to 
carry out controls in third countries 
and the establishment of the list of 
those control authorities and control 
bodies; the procedures for the 
recognition or withdrawal of 
those control authorities and 
control bodies, including the 
content of the technical dossier to 
be submitted,
 and rules to ensure 
the application of measures in 
relation to cases of non-compliance, 
or suspicion thereof, affecting the 
integrity of imported organic 
products; the establishment of a list 
of third countries recognised under 
Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 and the amendment of 
that list as well as rules to ensure 
the application of measures in 
relation to cases of non-compliance, 
or suspicion thereof, affecting the 
integrity of organic products 
imported from those countries; the 
system to be used to transmit the 
information necessary for the 
implementation and monitoring of 
this Regulation, and as regards the 
establishment of the list of control 
authorities and control bodies 
 
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recognised under Article 33(3) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and 
the amendment of that list. Those 
powers should be exercised in 
accordance with Regulation (EU) 
No 182/2011 of the 
European Parliament and of the 
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(76)  The Commission should be 
(76)  The Commission should be 
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empowered to adopt immediately 
empowered to adopt immediately 
applicable implementing acts where, 
applicable implementing acts 
in duly justified cases relating to the 
where, in duly justified cases 
protection against unfair practices or  relating to the protection against 
practices which are incompatible 
unfair practices or practices which 
with the principles and rules on 
are incompatible with the principles 
organic production, the protection of  and rules on organic production, the 
consumers' confidence or the 
protection of consumers' 
protection of fair competition 
confidence or the protection of fair 
between operators, imperative 
competition between operators, 
grounds of urgency so require to 
imperative grounds of urgency so 
ensure the application of measures in  require to ensure the application of 
relation to cases of non-compliance, 
measures in relation to cases of 
or the suspicion thereof, affecting 
non-compliance, or the suspicion 
the integrity of imported organic 
thereof, affecting the integrity of 
products under the control of 
imported organic products or to 
recognised control authorities or 
decide on the withdrawal of the 
control bodies. 
recognition under of the control of 
                                                 
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concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13). 
 
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recognised control authorities and 
or control bodies. 
Amendment 60 
Recital 77 
(77)  In order to ensure a smooth 
(77)  In order to ensure a smooth  (77) In order to ensure a smooth 
 
transition between on the one hand 
transition between on the one 
transition between, on the one 
the rules on the organic origin of 
hand the rules on the organic 
hand, the rules on the organic 
plant reproductive material and on 
origin of plant reproductive 
origin of plant reproductive 
animals for breeding purposes 
material and on animals for 
material and on animals for 
provided for in Regulation (EC) No 
breeding purposes provided for 
breeding purposes provided for in 
834/2007 and the exception to 
in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and 
production rules adopted pursuant to  and the exception to production 
the exception to production rules 
Article 22 of that Regulation, and on  rules adopted pursuant to Article  adopted pursuant to Article 22 of 
the other hand the new production 
22 of that Regulation, and on the 
that Regulation, and, on the other 
rules for plants and plant products 
other hand the new production 
hand, the new production rules for 
and livestock provided for in this 
rules for plants and plant 
plants and plant products and 
Regulation, the power to adopt 
products and livestock provided 
livestock provided for in this 
certain acts should be delegated to 
for in this Regulation, the power 
Regulation, the power to adopt 
the Commission in respect of the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
certain acts should be delegated to 
granting of exceptions where 
delegated to the Commission in 
the Commission in respect of the 
exceptions are deemed necessary, in 
respect of the granting of 
granting of exceptions where 
order to ensure access to plant 
exceptions where exceptions are 
exceptions are deemed necessary, 
reproductive material and live 
deemed necessary, in order to 
in order to ensure access to plant 
animals for breeding purposes that 
ensure access to plant 
reproductive material and live 
may be used in organic production. 
reproductive material and live 
animals for breeding purposes that 
Since those acts are transitional in 
animals for breeding purposes 
may be used in organic production. 
nature, they should apply for a 
that may be used in organic 
Those acts are only transitional in 
limited period of time. 
production. Since those acts are 
nature, however, and will therefore 
transitional in nature, they 
apply only for the limited period of 
 
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should apply for a limited period 
time needed in order to identify 
of time. 
and fill gaps in the availability of 
organic reproductive material for 
plants and of organic animals 
raised for breeding purposes
. 
Amendment 61 
Recital 77 a (new) 
 
 
(77a) The Commission's Action 
 
Plan for the future of Organic 
Production in the European Union 
should be used to help fund 
research and innovation with a 
view to increasing the production 
and availability of organic seed 
and plant reproductive material.
 
Amendment 62 
Recital 77 b (new) 
 
 
(77b) In order to increase the 
 
production, availability and use of 
organic seed and plant 
reproductive material, partnership 
arrangements between seed 
growers, breeders and all those 
involved in organic farming 
should be encouraged. In addition, 
the Expert Group for Technical 
Advice on Organic Production 
(EGTOP) should be entrusted with 

 
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the task of developing a new 
system for the effective and 
sustainable use of organic seed, 
providing an incentive for organic 
seed growers and breeders. 

Amendment 63 
Recital 78 
(78)  The Commission should 
(78)  The Commission should 
(78) In order to ensure that 
 
consider the situation of the 
consider the situation of the 
organic plant reproductive 
availability of organic plant 
availability of organic plant 
material, feed, and animals raised 
reproductive material and animals 
reproductive material, and animals 
for breeding purposes are 
for breeding purposes and present a  for breeding purposes and young 
available on the market in 
report to this end to the European 
stock of aquaculture animals and 
sufficient quantities, and before 
Parliament and the Council in 
present a report to this end to the 
submitting any proposals for the 
2021. 
European Parliament and the 
phasing-out of exceptions, the 
Council in 20241
Commission should carry out a 
study based on data collection and 
on analysis of
 the situation in the 
Member States. On the basis of 
that study, the Commission should 
by the end of 2020 present a report 
to the European Parliament and 
the Council comprising an 
analytical part on the state of 
development of organic farming 
and progress made, and a strategic 
part on measures applied or 
needed in order to improve the 
performance of organic farming 

 
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and its institutional framework. 
(79)  Provision should be made to 
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allow the exhaustion of stocks of 
allow the exhaustion of stocks of 
products which have been produced 
products which have been produced 
in accordance with Regulation (EC) 
in accordance with Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007 and placed on the 
No 834/2007 and placed on the 
market before this Regulation starts 
market before this Regulation 
to apply. 
starts to apply. That provision 
should also apply to those 
products which require a specific 
refining or ageing period in case 
this period has already started at 
the date of application of this 
Regulation.
 
Amendment 64 
Recital 80 
(80)  The review of the legislative 
(80)  The review of the legislative 
deleted 
 
framework for organic production 
framework for organic production 
and labelling of organic products 
and labelling of organic products 
showed that the specific needs 
showed that the specific needs 
relating to the official controls and 
relating to the official controls and 
other official activities carried out 
other official activities carried out 
in accordance with Regulation 
in accordance with Regulation 
(EU) No XXX/XXX (Official 
(EU) No XXX/XXX (Official 
controls Regulation) require 
controls Regulation) require 
provisions to better address 
provisions to better address 
instances of non-compliance. In 

instances of non-compliance. In 
addition, the provisions of 
addition, the provisions of 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
 
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[official controls Regulation] 
[official controls Regulation] 
relating to the tasks and 
relating to the tasks and 
responsibilities of competent 
responsibilities of competent 
authorities, the approval and 
authorities, the approval and 
supervision of delegated bodies, 
supervision of delegated bodies, 
official certification,  reporting 
official certification, reporting 
obligations and administrative 
obligations and administrative 
assistance should be adapted to the 
assistance should be adapted to the 
specific needs of the organic 
specific needs of the organic 
production sector. Regulation (EU) 

production sector. Regulation (EU) 
No XXX/XXX [official controls 
No XXX/XXX [official controls 
Regulation] should therefore be 
Regulation] should therefore be 
amended accordingly. 
amended accordingly. 
(81)  Since the objectives of this 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Regulation, in particular fair 
competition and proper functioning 
of the internal market in organic 
products as well as ensuring 
consumer confidence in those 
products and in the organic 
production logo of the European 
Union, cannot be sufficiently 
achieved by the Member States 
themselves but can instead, because 
of the required harmonisation of the 
rules on organic production, be 
better achieved at Union level, the 
Union may adopt measures, in 
accordance with the principle of 
subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of 
 
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the Treaty on European Union. In 
accordance with the principle of 
proportionality, as set out in that 
Article, this Regulation does not go 
beyond what is necessary in order to 
achieve those objectives. 
(82)  It is appropriate to provide for 
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a date of application of this 
Regulation that would give the 
possibility to operators to adapt to 
the new requirements introduced. 
HAVE ADOPTED THIS 
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REGULATION: 
Chapter I 
Subject matter, scope and 
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definitions 
Article 1 
Subject matter 
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Commission proposal unchanged 
 
Amendment 65 
Article 1 
This Regulation establishes the 
This Regulation establishes the 
This Regulation establishes the 
Not Acceptable 
principles of organic production and 
principles of organic production 
principles of organic production 
Shouldn’t be any ref to “health” as 
lays down the rules concerning 
and lays down the rules concerning 
and the control and certification 
all food and feed should be safe 
organic production and the use of 
organic production, certification 
thereof, and lays down the rules 
 
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indications referring thereto in 
and controls and the use of 
concerning organic production
The rest could go in a recital 
labelling and advertising. 
indications referring thereto in 
processing, distribution, controls, 
labelling and advertising. 
and the use of indications referring 
 
to organic production in labelling 
and advertising. It shall provide the 
basis for the sustainable 
development of organic production 
and its positive effects on the 
environment and public health, 
while ensuring the effective 
functioning of the internal market 
and fair competition, thereby 
helping farmers to achieve a fair 
income, ensuring consumer 
confidence and protecting 
consumer interests.
 
Article 2 
Scope 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
Amendment 66 
Article 2 (1) 
1. 
This Regulation shall apply to 
1. 
This Regulation shall apply 
1. This Regulation shall apply to 
Acceptable in principle (except for 
agricultural products listed in 
to agricultural products listed in 
the following products originating 
addition of mass catering and 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
from agriculture, including 
deletion of  DA to supplement the 
Functioning of the European 
Functioning of the European 
aquaculture and beekeeping, 
scope) 
Union (‘the Treaty’) and to some 
Union (‘the Treaty’) and to some  where such products are, or are 
Otherwise, similar approach but 
other products listed in Annex I to 
other products listed in Annex I 
intended to be, produced, prepared, 
wording of GA is  better : legal 
this Regulation, insofar as those 
to this Regulation, insofar as 
labelled, distributed, placed on the 
clarity, no repetition of products,  
agricultural products and those 
those agricultural products and 
Union market, or imported into or 
 
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other products are intended to be 
those other products are intended  exported from the Union as 
References to both Annex I to 
produced, prepared, distributed, 
to be produced, prepared, 
organic: 
TFEU / Annex I to this Regulation 
placed on the market, imported or 
distributed, placed on the 
are missing 
exported as organic. 
market, imported or exported as 
organic.This Regulation shall 

Rationale :  
The products of hunting and fishing 
apply to the following products 
Yeast is already covered by Annex 
of wild animals shall not be 
listed in Annex I to the TFEU or 

considered as organic products. 
originating from such products, 
“Closely linked to  agriculture”: 
where they are produced, 
unclear as it could cover fertiliser 
prepared, distributed, placed on 
or other products for which there is 
the market, imported or exported 
no legal basis 
or are intended to be produced, 
prepared, distributed, placed on 

Salt : discrepancy with recital (talk 
the market, imported or 
about sea salt/ but salt in Annex) 
exported: 
Lack of clarity about the scope 
“wild plants, mushrooms, algae, 
and aquaculture animals” are 
already covered by “live or 
unprocessed agricultural products” 
“wine” is already covered by 
“processed products for food” 
Limited DA has been deleted. Lack 
of flexibility to supplement  the 
Annex. 
 
The following points are 
acceptable: 
 “Seaweed” changed to “algae” 
 
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“Labelled” aded in para 1 
(a)  live or unprocessed 
(a) live or unprocessed 
 
agricultural products; 
agricultural products, including 
 
seed and other plant reproductive 
 
material; 
(b)  processed agricultural  (b) processed agricultural products   
products for use as food; 
for food; 
(c) 
feed; 
(c) feed; 
 
(d)  plant reproductive 
(d) algae and aquaculture 
 
material. 
animals; 
 
(e) wine; 
 
 
(f) yeast; 
 
 
(g) mushrooms; 
 
(h) collected wild plants and parts 
 
 
thereof,  
 
and to other products closely 
 
linked to agriculture which are 
intended to be produced, prepared, 
labelled, distributed, placed on the 
market, imported or exported. 

 
The products of hunting and fishing   
of wild animals shall not be 
considered to constitute organic 
 
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products. 
(The amendment of the word 
"seaweed " to "algae" applies 
throughout the text. Adopting it will 
necessitate corresponding changes 
throughout.) 

This Regulation shall also apply 
 
 
to the other products listed in 
Annex I to this Regulation where 
such products are produced, 
prepared, distributed, placed on 
the market, imported or exported 
or are intended to be produced, 
prepared, distributed, placed on 
the market, imported or 
exported.
 
The products of hunting and fishing   
 
of wild animals shall not be 
considered as organic products. 
Amendment 67 
Article 2 (2) 
2. This Regulation shall apply to 
2. 
This Regulation shall apply to 
2. 
This Regulation shall apply to 
Not acceptable 
any operator involved in activities, 
any operator involved in activities, at  any operator involved in activities, 
at any stage of production, 
Introduction of mass catering 
any stage of production, preparation 
at any stage of production, 
preparation, labelling and 
and distribution, relating to the 
preparation and distribution, 
distribution, relating to the products 
products referred to in paragraph 1. 
relating to the products referred to 
referred to in paragraph 1 
in paragraph 1. 
 
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Mass catering operations carried 
Mass catering operations carried out 
Mass catering operations carried 
out by a mass caterer as defined in 
by a mass caterer as defined in point 
out by a mass caterer as defined in 
point (d) of Article 2(2) of 
(d) of Article 2(2) of Regulation 
point (d) of Article 2(2) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 
(EU) No 1169/2011 of the European 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 
the European Parliament and of the 
Parliament and of the Council33 
the European Parliament and of the 
Council35 shall be subject to this 
shall not be subject to this 
Council34 shall not be subject to 
Regulation. 
Regulation. 
this Regulation. 
 
 
Amendment 68 
Article 2 (2) (3) 
deleted 
Member States may apply national 
Member States may apply national 
GA text preferred 
rules or, in the absence thereof, 
rules or, in the absence thereof, 
private standards on labelling and 
private standards on the 
control of products originating 
production, labelling and control 
from mass-catering operations. 
of products originating from mass-
catering operations. The organic 
production logo of the European 

                                                 
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Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to 
consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing 
Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (OJ L 304, 
22.11.2011, p. 18).  
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Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to 
consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing 
Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (OJ L 304, 
22.11.2011, p. 18).  
 
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Union shall not be used in the 
labelling, presentation and 
advertising of these products or 
to advertise the mass caterer.
 
Amendment 69 
Article 2 (3) 
3. 
This Regulation shall apply 
3. 
This Regulation shall apply 
3. This Regulation shall apply 
GA text preferred 
without prejudice to related Union 
without prejudice to related Union 
without prejudice to other Union 
legislation in the fields of inter alia 
legislation, in particular in the 
legislation or national provisions, 
safety of the food chain, animal 
fields of inter alia safety of the 
in conformity with Union law 
health and welfare, plant health, 
food chain, animal health and 
concerning products specified in 
and plant reproductive material, 
welfare, plant health, and plant 
this Article, such as provisions 
and in particular to Regulation 
reproductive material, and in 
governing the production, 
(EU) No XX/XXX of the European 
particular to Regulation (EU) No 
preparation, marketing, labelling 
Parliament and of the Council35 
XX/XXX of the European 
and control of those products, and 
(plant reproductive material) and 
Parliament and of the Council37 
including legislation on foodstuffs 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX of 
(plant reproductive material) and  and animal nutrition. 
the European Parliament and of 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX of 
the Council36 (protective measures 
the European Parliament and of 
against pests of plants). 
the Council38 (protective 
measures against pests of plants). 

4. 
This Regulation shall apply 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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without prejudice to other specific 
                                                 
35 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
36 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
37 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
38 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
 
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Union provisions relating to the 
placing of products on the market 
and, in particular, to Regulation 
(EU) No 1308/2013 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council39, and 
to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. 
Amendment 70 
Article 2 (5) 
5. 
In order to take into account 
5. 
In order to take into 
deleted  
GA text preferred 
new information on production 
account new information on 
methods or material or 
production methods or material 
international commitments, the 
or international commitments, 
Commission shall be empowered to 
the Commission shall be 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
empowered to adopt delegated 
with Article 36 amending the list of 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
products set out in Annex I. Only 
supplementing the list of 
products which are closely linked to  products set out in Annex I. Only 
agricultural products shall be 

products which are closely linked 
eligible for inclusion in that list. 
to agricultural products shall be 
eligible for inclusion in that list. 

Article 3 
Definitions 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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For the purposes of this Regulation, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
                                                 
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Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the 
markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 
1234/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671). 
 
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the following definitions shall apply: 
(1) 
‘organic production’ means the  Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
use of production methods compliant 
with this Regulation, at all stages of 
production, preparation and 
distribution; 
(2) 
‘organic’ means coming from 
(2) 
‘organic’ means coming 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
or related to organic production; 
from or related to organic 
production; 

Amendment 71 
Article 3 (3) 
(3) 
‘agricultural raw material’ 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(3) 'agricultural raw material' or 
Not acceptable 
means an agricultural product that 
'aquaculture raw material' means 
Rationale : no added value. 
has not been subjected to any 
an agricultural or aquaculture 
Aquaculture already covered by 
operation of preservation or 
product that has not been subjected 
agriculture. 
processing; 
to any operation of processing, 
preparation or preservation
; 
Preparation should not be included 
because this concept is too broad 
and includes labelling and 
packaging. Raw materials are 
neither processed nor preserved.  
Amendment 72 
Article 3 (4) 
(4) 
‘preventive measures’ means 
(4) 
‘preventive measures’ means  (4) 'preventive and precautionary 
Not acceptable 
measures to be taken in order to 
measures to be taken in order to 
measures' means measures to be 
The GA text is preferred regarding 
ensure soil quality as well as 
ensure soil quality as well as 
taken in order to ensure organic 
the definition of “preventive 
 
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prevention and control of pests and 
prevention and control of pests and 
production quality as well as 
measures”. 
weeds, and to prevent contamination 
weeds for plants, prevention and 
preservation of biodiversity and to 
A common definition on two 
with products or substances that are 
control of disease for animals, as 
prevent contamination and 
different concepts is not 
not authorised under this Regulation;  well as, and to prevent in 
commingling with products or 
appropriate.  
particular contamination with 
substances that are not authorised 
products or substances that are not 
under this Regulation at all stages 
However, a  separate definition for  
authorised under this Regulation at 
of production, preparation and 
“precautionary measures” might be 
all stages of production, 
distribution; 
considered as this concept is 
preparation and distribution; 
mentioned in GA (Article 4(e)(iv)). 
 
Amendment 73 
Article 3 (5) 
(5) 
‘conversion’ means the 
(5) 
‘conversion’ means the 
(5) 'conversion' means the 
Acceptable 
transition from non-organic to 
transition from non-organic to 
transition from non-organic to 
organic production within a given 
organic production within a given 
organic production within a given 
period of time; 
period of time during which the 
period of time during which the 
provisions of this Regulation 
provisions relating to organic 
concerning organic production 
production have been applied; 
have been applied
 
(5a)  ‘in-conversion products’ 
 
GA text preferred 
means products that are 
produced in accordance with 
Article 8 during the conversion 
period; 

(6) 
‘operator’ means the natural or  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
legal person responsible for ensuring 
that this Regulation is complied with 
 
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at all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution under 
their control; 
 
(6a)  ‘holding’ means all the 
 
Acceptable  
production units operated under 
(see amendment 103) 
a single management for the 
purpose of producing products 
referred to in Article 2(1);
 
 
(6b)  ‘production unit’ means all 
 
GA text preferred 
assets to be used for a production 
sector such as primary 
production premises, land 
parcels, pasturages, open air 
areas, livestock buildings, hives, 
fish ponds, containment systems 
or sites for algae or aquaculture 
animals, rearing units, shore or 
seabed concessions, the premises 
for the storage of crops, crop 
products, algae products, animal 
products, raw materials and any 
other input relevant for this 
specific production sector;
 
 
(6c)  ‘plant reproductive 
 
GA text preferred 
material’ means plant(s) as well 
as all forms of plant(s) at any 
growth stage including seeds, 
capable of, and intended for, 

 
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producing entire plants; 
Amendment 74 
Article 3 (7) 
(7) 
‘group of operators’ means a 
(7) 
‘group of operators’ means a 
(7) ‘group of operators' means a 
Not Acceptable  
group in which each operator is a 
group in of which each member is 
group fulfilling all of the following  Main objection: discrimination 
farmer who has a holding of up to 5  a farmer or an operators is a 
conditions: 
against EU operators (“… not apply 
hectares of utilised agricultural 
farmer producing algae or 
to group of operators from third 
area and who may, in addition to 
aquaculture animals who in 
countries” ) 
producing food or feed, be engaged 
addition may be engaged in 
in processing of food or feed; 
processing of food or feed and 
Otherwise, this is not the most 
whose turnover is less than 
appropriate wording for a 
25.000 Euro per year or standard 
definition. Too prescriptive and 
output is less than 15.000 Euro 
would preempt the content of the 
per year or who has a holding of 
IA to be adopted under Art 26 of 
up to 5 hectares of utilised 
the GA.  
agricultural area and who may, 
Not realistic – very low value for 
in addition to producing food or 
the turn overIt is not necessary to 
feed, be engaged in processing of 
add in the definition: “ grassland, 
food or feed; 
on a holding of up to 15 ha and 
“production under glass on a 
holding of up to 0.5 Ha”. It  is 
already covered by the turn over or 
standard output. 
 
 
(a) each member of the group is a 
 
farmer or is an operator producing 
algae or aquaculture products, 
and may, in addition to producing 
food and feed, be engaged in the 
processing, preparation or 

 
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marketing of food or feed; 
 
 
(b) the production activities of the 
 
members of the group take place 
in geographical proximity to each 
other;
 
 
 
(c) a joint marketing system for the   
organic products produced by the 
group is established;
 
 
 
(d) the group has legal personality 
 
and an internal control system; 
and
 
 
 
(ve the turnover or standard 
 
output of organic production of 
each member of the group does 
not exceed EUR 15 000 per year, 
or each member produces on a 
holding of up to 5 hectares, or, in 
the case of production under glass 
or other intensive production 
under protective cover, on a 
holding of up to 0.5 hectares, or, 
in the case of exclusively 
permanent grassland, on a holding 
of up to 15 hectares.
 
 
 
The conditions set out under point 
 
(e) do not apply to groups of 
operators from third countries; 

(8) 
‘farmer’ means a natural or 
(8) 
‘farmer’ means a natural or 
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legal person, or a group of natural or  legal person, or a group of natural 
modification 
legal persons, regardless of the legal 
or legal persons, regardless of the 
status granted to such group and its 
legal status granted to such group 
members by national law, who 
and its members by national law, 
exercises an agricultural activity. 
who exercises an agricultural 
activity.
(9) 
‘agricultural area’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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agricultural area as defined in point 
(e) of Article 4(1) of Regulation 
(EU) No 1307/2013; 
 
(9a)  ‘populations’ means plant 
 
GA text preferred 
groupings which fulfil the 
requirements specified in 
temporary experiments allowed 
under Article 13a of Council 
Directives 66/401/EEC and 
66/402/EEC, Article 14a of 
Council Directive 68/193/EEC, 
Article 19 of Council Directives 
2002/54/EC and 2002/56/EC, 
Article 33 of Council Directive 
2002/55/EC and Article 17 of 
Council Directive 2002/57/EC; 

(10)  ‘plants’ means plants as 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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defined in point 5 of Article 3 of 
Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009; 
Amendment 75 
 
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Article 3 (10) (a) (new) 
 
 
(10a) 'organic plant breeding and 
Not acceptable 
variety development' means the 
May restrict innovation 
enhancement of genetic diversity 
coupled with reliance on natural 
reproductive ability. Organic plant 
breeding is aimed at the 
development of new varieties 
which are particularly suited for 
organic production systems. It 
involves a holistic approach that 
respects natural crossing barriers 
and is based on fertile plants that 
can establish a viable relationship 
with the living soil. Organic plant 
breeding is undertaken under 
these organic plant breeding 
conditions in line with the 
requirements of this Regulation.
 
Amendment 76 
Article 3 (10) (b) (new) 
 
 
(10b) 'plant reproductive material' 
Acceptable 
means plants as well as forms of 
plants at any stage, including 
seeds, capable of and intended for, 
producing entire plants;
 
Amendment 77 
Article 3 (10) (c) (new) 
 
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(10c) 'mother plant' means an 
Acceptable 
identified plant from which plant 
reproductive material is taken for 
reproduction of new plants;
 
Amendment 78 
Article 3 (10) (d) (new) 
 
 
(10d) 'generation' means a group 
Not acceptable 
of plants constituting a single line 
This definition corresponds to 
of descent of plants; 
lineage. 
Amendment 79 
Article 3 (10) (e) (new) 
 
 
(10e) 'organic animal breeding' 
Not acceptable 
means the enhancement of genetic  May restrict innovation 
diversity coupled with reliance on 
the natural reproductive ability of 
the animals concerned. Organic 
animal breeding shall  secure 
optimum compliance with the 
requirements of this Regulation, 
focussing on disease resistance, 
longevity, breeding value, and 
adaptation to climatic and natural 
conditions, and shall promote 
breeding aimed at slow growth 
where relevant;
 
(11)  ‘plant production’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
production of agricultural crop 
 
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products including harvesting of 
wild plant products for commercial 
purposes; 
(12)  ‘plant products’ means plant 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
products as defined in point 6 of 
Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 
No 1107/2009; 
(13)  ‘pest’ means a pest as defined 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
in Article 1(1) of Regulation (EU) 
No XX/XXXX (protective measures 
against pests of plants); 
Amendment 80 
Article 3 (13) (a) (new) 
 
 
(13a) ‘herbal preparations’ means  Not acceptable 
extracts obtained from certain 
Is this expression somewhere in the 
plants for the purpose of 
Regulation? If used, then definition 
strengthening crops or repelling or  is ok until “..plants”. 
eliminating pests and diseases; 
Amendment 81 
Article 3 (13) (b) (new) 
 
 
(13b) ‘biodynamic preparations’ 
Acceptable 
means mixtures traditionally used 
in biodynamic farming and 
numbered from 500 to 508;
 
(14)  ‘plant protection products’ 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
 
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means the products referred to in 
Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 
1107/2009; 
(15)  ‘livestock production’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
the production of domestic or 
domesticated terrestrial animals, 
including insects; 
Amendment 82 
Article 3 (16) 
(16)  ‘veranda’ means an additional,  Commission proposal unchanged 
(16) ‘veranda’ means an additional,  Not acceptable 
roofed, uninsulated, outdoor part of 
roofed, uninsulated, outdoor part of  Compromise solution: to replace 
a livestock building, the longest side 
a livestock building, the longest 
“where possible” by  “/or” 
being usually equipped with wire 
side being usually equipped with 
fencing or netting with outdoor 
wire fencing or netting with 
climate, natural and artificial 
outdoor climate, natural and, where 
illumination and a littered floor; 
possible, artificial illumination and 
a littered floor; 
Amendment 83 
Article 3 (16) (a) (new) 
 
 
(16a) ‘laying pullets’ means young  Not acceptable  
animals of the Gallus gallus 
IA issue 
species intended for egg 
production and of an age of less 

 
than 18 weeks; 
Amendment 84 
Article 3 (16) (b) (new) 
 
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(16b) ‘laying hens’ means animals  Not acceptable  
of the Gallus gallus species 
IA issue 
intended for the production of 
eggs for consumption and of an 

 
age of at least 18 weeks; 
Amendment 85 
Article 3 (16) (c) (new) 
 
 
(16c) 'broilers' means animals of 
Not acceptable  
the Gallus gallus species kept for 
IA issue 
meat production; 
Amendment 86 
Article 3 (16) (d) (new) 
 
 
(16d) 'usable area' means an area 
Partly acceptable.  
as defined in Council Directive 
Stop the text after the ref to the 
1999/74/EC1a, being an area 
definition. Keep dynamic 
(inside the poultry house) at least 
30 cm wide with a floor slope not 
exceeding 14 % and with 
headroom of at least 45 cm. 
Nesting areas shall not be 
regarded as usable areas;
 
Amendment 87 
Article 3 (16) (f) (new) 
 
 
(16f) 'core indicators' means 
Not acceptable if there is no 
indicators relating to the direct 
requiremens for setting up an 
environmental aspects defined in 
environmental monitoring system  
Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009; 
 
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(17)  ‘aquaculture’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
aquaculture as defined in point (25) 
of Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) 
No 1380/2013 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council40
 
(17a) ‘closed recirculation 
 
GA text preferred 
aquaculture facility’ means a 
facility where aquaculture takes 
place within an enclosed 
environment on land or on a 
vessel involving the recirculation 
of water, and depending on 
permanent external energy input 
to stabilise the environment for 
the aquaculture animals;
 
 
(17b) ‘energy from renewable 
 
GA text preferred 
sources’ means renewable non-
fossil energy sources such as 
wind, solar, geothermal wave, 
tidal, hydropower, landfill gas, 
sewage treatment plant gas and 
biogases;
 
 
(17c) ‘hatchery’ in the 
 
GA text preferred 
framework of aquaculture and 
                                                 
40 
Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, 
amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) 
No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 22).  
 
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algae production means a place of 
breeding, hatching and rearing 
through the early life stages of 
aquaculture animals, finfish and 
shellfish in particular;
 
 
(17d) ‘nursery’ in the framework 
 
GA text preferred 
of aquaculture and algae 
production means a place where 
an intermediate production 
system is applied between the 
hatchery and grow-out stages. 
The nursery stage is completed 
within the first third of the 
production cycle with the 
exception of species undergoing a 
smoltification process;
 
 
(17e) ‘pollution’ in the 
 
GA text preferred 
framework of aquaculture and 
algae production means the 
direct or indirect introduction 
into the aquatic environment of 
substances or energy as defined 
in Directive 2000/60/EC of the 
European Parliament and of the 
Council
41 and in Directive 
                                                 
41  
Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community 
action in the field of water policy (OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1). 

 
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2008/56/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council
42
in the waters to which those 
Directives apply, respectively; 

 
(17f)  ‘polyculture’ in the 
 
GA text preferred 
framework of aquaculture and 
algae production means the 
rearing of two or more species 
usually from different trophic 
levels in the same culture unit;
 
 
(17g) ‘production cycle’ in the 
 
GA text preferred 
framework of aquaculture and 
algae production means the 
lifespan of an aquaculture animal 
or algae from the earliest life 
stage (fertilised eggs in the case of 
aquaculture animals) to 
harvesting;
 
 
(17h) ‘locally grown species’ in 
 
GA text preferred 
the framework of aquaculture 
and algae production means 
species which are neither alien 
nor locally absent species under 

                                                 
42  
Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for Community action 
in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) (OJ L 164, 25.6.2008, p. 19). 

 
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Council Regulation (EC) No 
708/2007
43, as well as the species 
listed in Annex IV to that 
Regulation;
 
 
(17i)  ‘stocking density’ in the 
 
GA text preferred 
framework of aquaculture and 
algae production means the live 
weight of aquaculture animals 
per cubic metre of water at any 
time during the grow-out phase 
and in the case of flatfish and 
shrimp the weight per square 
metre of surface;
 
(18)  ‘veterinary treatment’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
all courses of a curative or 
preventive treatment against one 
occurrence of a specific disease; 
(19)  ‘veterinary medicinal 
(19)  ‘veterinary medicinal 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
products’ means veterinary 
products’ means veterinary 
medicinal products as defined in 
medicinal products as defined in 
point 2 of Article 1 of Directive 
point 2 of Article 1 of Directive 
2001/82/EC of the European 
2001/82/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council44
Parliament and of the 
                                                 
43  
Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007 of 11 June 2007 concerning use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture (OJ L 168, 
28.6.2007, p. 1). 

44 
Directive 2001/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to veterinary 
medicinal products (OJ L 311, 28.11.2001, p.1). 
 
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Council'veterinary medicinal 
products' means veterinary 
medicinal products as defined in 
point 1 of Article 4 of Regulation 
(EU) No XX/XXX (veterinary 
medicinal products)45; 

Amendment 88 
Article 3 (20) 
(20)  ‘preparation’ means the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(20) 'preparation' means the 
Not acceptable 
operations of preserving or 
operations of preserving or 
Does not correspond to the wording 
processing of organic products, 
processing of organic products, 
used throughout the text (“organic 
including slaughter and cutting for 
including slaughter and cutting for 
production” is used and not 
livestock products, packaging, 
livestock products, packaging, 
“organic production method”) 
labelling or alterations made to the 
labelling or alterations made to the 
labelling relating to organic 
labelling relating to the organic 
production; 
production method used; 
(21)  ‘food’ means food as defined 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
in Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 
178/2002 of the European 
Parliament and of the 
Council46;‘feed’ means feed as 
                                                 
45 
Directive 2001/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to 
veterinary medicinal products (OJ L 311, 28.11.2001, p.1).
 Regulation (EU) No XX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the 
Council […] on veterinary medicinal products (OJ L…)
 
46 
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and 
requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (OJ L 31, 
1.2.2002, p. 1). 
 
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defined in point 4 of Article 3 of 
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002; 
(22)  ‘feed’ means feed as defined in  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
point 4 of Article 3 of Regulation 
(EC) No 178/2002; 
(23)  ‘feed material’ means feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
material as defined in point (g) of 
Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
767/2009 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council47
Amendment 89 
Article 3 (24) 
(24)  ‘in-conversion feed’ means 
(24)  ‘in-conversion feed’ means 
(24) 'in-conversion products' means  Not acceptable 
feed produced during the conversion  feed produced during the 
plant products produced during the  Too restrictive, GA also covers 
period, with the exclusion of those 
conversion period, with the 
conversion period, to the exclusion 
other types of in-conversion 
harvested in the 12 months 
exclusion of those harvested in 
of those harvested in the 12 months  products, e.g. livestocks, even if 
following the beginning of the 
the 12 months following the 
following the beginning of the 
they can not be marketed as in-
conversion; 
beginning of the conversion;  
conversion; 
conversion. 
(25)  ‘placing on the market’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
placing on the market as defined in 
point 8 of Article 3 of Regulation 
 
 
                                                 
47 
Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed, 
amending European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and repealing Council Directive 79/373/EEC, Commission 
Directive 80/511/EEC, Council Directives 82/471/EEC, 83/228/EEC, 93/74/EEC, 93/113/EC and 96/25/EC and Commission Decision 
2004/217/EC (OJ L 229, 1.9.2009, p. 1). 
 
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(EC) No 178/2002; 
(26)  ‘traceability’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
traceability as defined in point 15 of 
Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 
 
 
No 178/2002; 
(27)  ‘stages of production, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
preparation and distribution’ means 
any stage from and including the 
 
 
primary production of an organic 
product up to and including its 
storage, processing, transport, sale or 
supply to the final consumer, and 
where relevant labelling, advertising, 
import, export and subcontracting 
activities; 
Amendment 90 
Article 3 (28) 
(28)  ‘catastrophic circumstances’ 
(28)  ‘catastrophic 
(28) ‘catastrophic circumstances’ 
Acceptable 
means circumstances deriving from 
circumstances’ means 
means circumstances deriving from 
an ‘adverse climatic event’, an 
circumstances deriving from an 
an ‘adverse climatic event’, an 
‘environmental incident’, a ‘natural 
‘adverse climatic event’, an 
‘environmental incident’, a ‘natural 
disaster’ or a ‘catastrophic event’ as 
‘environmental incident’, a 
disaster’, an 'animal disease' or a 
defined respectively in points (h), 
‘natural disaster’ or a 
‘catastrophic event’ as defined 
(j), (k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
‘catastrophic event’ as defined 
respectively in points (h), (i), (j), 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 
respectively in points (h), (j), (k) 
(k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 
 
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(29)  ‘ingredient’ means an 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
ingredient as defined in point (f) of 
Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 
 
 
No 1169/2011; 
(30)  ‘labelling’ means labelling as 
(30)  ‘labelling’ means any words,  Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
defined in point (j) of Article 2(2) of 
particulars, trade marks, brand 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011; 
name, pictorial matter or symbol 
 
relating to a product and placed 
on any packaging, document, 
notice, label, ring or collar 
accompanying or referring to 
such product
 labelling as defined 
in point (j) of Article 2(2) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011;
 
(31)  ‘advertising’ means any 
(31)  ‘advertising’ means any 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
presentation of organic products to 
presentation of organic products to 
the public, by any means other than 
the public, by any means other than   
a label, that is intended or is likely to  a label, that is intended or is likely 
influence and shape attitude, beliefs 
to influence and shape attitude, 
and behaviours in order to promote 
beliefs and behaviours in order to 
directly or indirectly the sale of 
promote directly or indirectly the 
organic products; 
sale of organic products; 
(32)  ‘competent authorities’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
competent authorities as defined in 
point 5 of Article 2 of Regulation 
 
(EU) No XXX/XXXX [Official 
controls Regulation
]; 
 
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Amendment 91 
Article 3 (33) 
(33)  ‘control authority’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(33) 'control authority' means 
Not acceptable 
control authority for organic 
public administrative organisation 
Should be in line with OCR 
production and labelling of organic 
of a Member State to which the 
definition 
products as defined in point 39 of 
competent authority has delegated, 
Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 
in whole or in part, its competence 
 
XXX/XXXX [Official controls 
for inspection and certification in 
Regulation]; 
the field of organic production and 
labelling in accordance with the 
provisions set out in this 
Regulation. It also includes, where 
appropriate, the corresponding 
authority of a third country or the 
corresponding authority operating 
in a third country
; 
Amendment 92 
Article 3 (34) 
(34)  ‘control body’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(34) 'control body' means an 
Not acceptable 
delegated body as defined in point 
independent private or public third  Should be in line with OCR 
38 of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 
party carrying out inspection and 
definition 
No XXX/XXXX [Official controls 
certification in the field of organic 
Regulation], as well as a body 
production in accordance with the 
recognised by the Commission or by 
provisions set out in this 
a third country recognised by the 
Regulation. It also includes, where 
Commission to carry out controls in 
appropriate, the corresponding 
third countries for the import of 
body of a third country or the 
organic products into the Union; 
corresponding body operating in a 
 
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third country; 
(35)  ‘non-compliance’ means non-
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
compliance with this Regulation; 
Amendment 93 
Article 3 (35) (a) (new) 
 
 
(35a) 'compliance' means 
Acceptable 
compliance with this Regulation 
and its Annexes, with the 
delegated and implementing acts 
adopted in accordance with this 
Regulation and with other 
Regulations to which this 
Regulation refers;
 
Amendment 94 
Article 3 (36) 
(36)  ‘genetically modified 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(36) 'genetically modified 
Not Acceptable 
organism’ means a genetically 
organism' means a genetically 
sensitive issue. Better not to reopen 
modified organism as defined in 
modified organism as defined in 
difficult debates 
point (2) of Article 2 of Directive 
Directive 2001/18/EC of the 
2001/18/EC of the European 
European Parliament and of the 
Parliament and of the Council48 
Council43, hereinafter referred to as 
which is not obtained through the 
‘GMO'; 
techniques of genetic modifications 
listed in Annex I.B to that Directive,
 
                                                 
48 
Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of 
genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC (OJ L 106, 17.4.2001, p. 1).  
 
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hereinafter referred to as ‘GMO’; 
(37)  ‘produced from GMOs’ means  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
derived in whole or in part from 
GMOs but not containing or 
consisting of GMOs; 
(38)  ‘produced by GMOs’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
derived by using a GMO as the last 
living organism in the production 
process, but not containing or 
consisting of GMOs nor produced 
from GMOs; 
(39)  ‘food additive’ means a food 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
additive as defined in point (a) of 
Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
1333/2008 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council49 
(40)  ‘feed additive’ means a feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
additive as defined in point (a) of 
Article 2(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
1831/2003 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council50
                                                 
49 
Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives ( OJ L 354, 31.12.2008, 
p. 16). 
50 
Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition 
(OJ L 268, 18.10.2003, p. 29). 
 
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Amendment 95 
Article 3 (40) (a) (new) 
 
 
(40a) 'engineered nanomaterial' 
Not acceptable 
means engineered nanomaterial as  Impossible to control 
defined in point (t) of Article 2(2) 
of Regulation (EU) No1169/2011;
 
Amendment 96 
Article 3 (41) 
(41)  ‘equivalence’ means meeting 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(41) 'equivalent', when describing 
Not acceptable 
the same objectives and principles 
different systems or measures, 
Brings lack of clarity. There is no 
by applying rules which ensure the 
means that they meet the same 
description, but a need to decide. 
same level of assurance of 
objectives and principles by 
“equivalent” is a different notion. 
conformity; ‘processing aid’ means 
applying rules which ensure the 
processing aid as defined in point 
same level of assurance of 
Definition in GA is preferable 
(b) of Article 3(2) of Regulation 
conformity; 
(EC) No 1333/2008; 
 
(41a) ‘processing aid’ means 
 
GA text preferred 
processing aid as defined in point 
(b) of Article 3(2) of Regulation 
(EC) No 1333/2008; 
(42)  ‘food enzyme’ means a food 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
enzyme as defined in point (a) of 
Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
 
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1332/2008 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council51
Amendment 97 
Article 3 (43) 
(43)  ‘ionising radiation’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(43) ‘ionising radiation’ means 
Not acceptable.  
ionising radiation as defined in 
ionising radiation as defined in 
No need to include in the definition 
Article 1 of Council Directive 
Article 1 of Council Directive 
the way the term “ionising 
96/29/Euratom52. 
96/29/Euratom47 and as regulated 
radiation” is regulated because the 
by Directive 1999/2/EC of the 
GA forbids the use of ioninsing 
European Parliament and of the 
radiation. 
Council47 a; 
 
(43a) ‘pre-packed food’ means a 
 
Acceptable  
pre-packed food as defined in 
 
Article 2(2)(e) of Regulation (EU) 
No 1169/2011 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council;
 
Amendment 98 
Article 3 (43) (a) (new) 
 
 
(43a) 'mass catering operations' 
Acceptable  
means the preparation and 
 
distribution of organic products in 
                                                 
51 
Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food enzymes and amending Council 
Directive 83/417/EEC, Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999, Directive 2000/13/EC, Council Directive 2001/112/EC and Regulation (EC) 
No 258/97 (OJ L 354, 31.12.2008, p. 7) 
52 
Council Directive 96/29/Euratom of 13 May 1996 laying down basic safety standards for the   protection of the health of workers and the 
general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation (OJ L 159, 29.6.1996, p. 1). 
 
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catering establishments such as 
restaurants, canteens, hospitals 
and prisons, and other types of 
food businesses at the point of sale 
or delivery to the final consumer;
 
Amendment 99 
Article 3 (43) (b) (new) 
 
 
(43b) 'production unit' means all 
Acceptable 
assets used in a production sector, 
Except that it should read “land 
such as primary production 
parcels” 
premises, land, parcels, pastures, 
open-air areas, livestock buildings,  
Except that the term “organic” 
hives, fish ponds, containment 
should be deleted at the end of the 
systems or sites for algae or 
definition  
aquaculture animals, rearing 
units, shore or seabed concessions, 
crop storage premises, crop 
products, algae products, animal 
products, raw materials and any 
other input relevant for the 
organic production sector 
concerned;
 
Amendment 100 
Article 3 (43) (c) (new) 
 
 
(43c) ‘poultry house’ means a 
Not acceptable  
covered, independent structure 
Needs more precise definition if it 
fitted out in such a way as to 
stays in the relevant Annex 
protect the animals housed within 
 
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it from bad weather; 
 
Amendment 101 
Article 3 (43) (d) (new) 
 
 
(43d) 'hydroponic production' 
Not acceptable  
means the method of growing 
GA definition is preferable (see 
plants with their roots in a mineral  Annex II, part I,section 1.1).  
nutrient solution only or in an 
inert medium, such as perlite, 

The Amen 101 would ban plants 
gravel or mineral wool to which a 
naturally growing in water (eg 
nutrient solution is added; 
watercress) 
Amendment 102 
Article 3 (43) (e) (new) 
 
 
(43e) 'soil-bound crop cultivation' 
 Not acceptable 
means production in living soil 
GA is preferred (land-related 
such as mineral soil mixed and/or 
practices, see articles 4 and 5(e)) 
fertilised with materials and 
products allowed in organic 

To clarify the intention of EP 
production, in connection with the 
 
subsoil and bedrock; 
 
Amendment 103 
Article 3 (43) (f) (new) 
 
 
(43f) 'holding' means all the 
Not acceptable 
production units operated under a 
A reference to (e) is correct, not (f) 
single management for the 
purpose of producing the products 
referred to in Article 2(1);
 
 
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Amendment 104 
Article 3 (43) (g) (new) 
 
 
(43g) 'pre-packed food' means a 
 
pre-packed food as defined in 
point (f) of Article 2(2) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.
 
Chapter II 
Amendment 105 
Chapter II - title 
Principles of organic production 
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Objectives of, and principles for, 
Acceptable 
organic production 
Amendment 106 
Article 3 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 3a 
Partly acceptable 
Objectives 
Main principles should remain in 
the article “principles”. 
 
Accept indents “maintains… soils” 
; “contribute to a high level of 
biological diversity ..” ; In such 
case this provision should be 
deleted from the article on 
“Principles” 
 « « make a substantial … » ;  
« contribute to the saving of 
energy » ;  
 
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“respect high animal welfare…” 
should be read as « contribute to 
high animal welfare”  
 
 
In order to establish a sustainable 
 
management system for organic 
production, the following general 
objectives shall be pursued: 

 
 
(a) respecting nature's systems and   
cycles and sustaining and 
enhancing the health of soil, 
water, plants and animals and the 
balance between them; 

 
 
(b) establishing appropriate 
 
management of biological 
processes based on ecological 
systems using natural resources 
which are internal to the system, 
by methods that: 

 
 
– maintain the long-term fertility 
 
of soils; 
 
 
– contribute to a high level of 
 
biological diversity; 
 
 
– make a substantial contribution 
 
to a non-toxic environment; 
 
 
– make responsible use of, and 
 
contribute to the saving of, energy 
and water, and preserve natural 
resources such as water, soil, 

 
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organic matter and air; 
 
 
– respect high animal welfare 
 
standards and, in particular, meet 
animals' species-specific 
behavioural needs. 

Article 4 
General principles 
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But in Art 4, the title “general 
principles” is missing 
Amendment 107 
Article 4 
Organic production is a sustainable 
Organic production is a sustainable 
Organic production is a sustainable 
 
management system for agriculture 
management system for 
management system that is based 
that is based on the following 
agriculture that is based on the 
on the following general principles: 
general principles: 
following general principles: 
(a) 
respect for nature's systems 
(a) 
respect for nature's systems 
(a) contribution to protection of 
Partly acceptable 
and cycles and sustainment and 
and cycles and sustainment and 
the environment, the climate and 
Amen 107 (a) From am 107 
enhancement of the state of soil, 
enhancement of the state of soil, 
human health; 
is an objective rather than a 
water, air and biodiversity, of the 
water and, air and biodiversity, of 
principle  
health of plants and animals and of  the health of plants and animals and 
the balance between them; 
of the balance between them; 
(da) : the version of the GA 
is preferable 
(db) difficult to enforce. 
(gc) of GA is preferable 
(dc) to be discussed with 
WG. In any case, this can 
not be a principle 
 
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(b) 
contribution to a high level of 
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(b) contribution to a high level of 
 
biodiversity; 
biodiversity; 
(c) 
responsible use of energy and 
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(c) responsible use of energy and 
 
natural resources, such as water, soil, 
natural resources, such as water, 
organic matter and air; 
soil, organic matter and air; 
(d) 
respect of high animal welfare 
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(d) respect of high animal welfare 
 
standards and, in particular, 
standards and, in particular, 
fulfilment of animals’ species-
fulfilment of animals’ species-
specific behavioural needs; 
specific behavioural needs; 
 
 
(da) production of a wide variety 
 
of foods and other agricultural 
and aquacultural products of high 
quality which benefits the 
environment, human health, plant 
health or animal health and 
welfare;
 
 
 
(db) ensuring the quality of 
 
organic products at all stages of 
production, processing and 
distribution;
 
 
 
(dc) encouragement of short 
 
distribution channels and local 
production in the various areas of 
the Union; 

(e) 
appropriate design and 
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(e) appropriate design and 
 
 
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management of biological processes 
management of biological 
based on ecological systems using 
processes based on ecological 
natural resources which are internal 
systems using natural resources 
to the system by methods that: 
which are internal to the system by 
methods that: 
(i) 
use living organisms and  Commission proposal unchanged 
(i) use living organisms and 
 
mechanical production 
mechanical production methods; 
methods; 
(ii)  practice land-related 
(ii)  practice land-related 
(ii) practice soil-bound crop 
Not acceptable,  
crop cultivation and livestock 
crop cultivation and livestock  cultivation and land-related 
GA should be kept. 
production or practice 
production or practice 
livestock production or aquaculture 
aquaculture which complies 
aquaculture which complies 
which complies with the principle 
Content of indents : redundant, 
with the principle of 
with the principle of 
of sustainable fisheries. 
already covered by Art 5 (a), 5(c), 
sustainable exploitation of 
sustainable exploitation of 
Additionally, such practices shall 
5(d), 5(e) of of GA. Should not be 
fisheries; 
fisheries aquatic resources
be based on the following 
retained 
principles: 
(iv) not acceptable because too 
burdensome and not adapted to 
farmers 
 
 
– soil protection and cover against   
wind and water erosion; 
 
 
– protection of the quality of the 
 
water; 
 
 
– crop rotation, save in the case of   
permanent crops; 
 
 
– use of seeds and animals with a 
 
high degree of genetic diversity, 
resistance against diseases and 

 
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longevity; 
(iii)  exclude the use of 
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(iii) exclude the use of GMOs and 
 
GMOs and products produced 
products produced from or by 
from or by GMOs with the 
GMOs with the exception of 
exception of veterinary 
veterinary medicinal products; 
medicinal products; 
(iv)  are based on the use of 
(iv)  are based on risk 
(iv) are based on risk assessment as   
preventive measures, when 
assessment, and the use of 
defined in Article 3 of Regulation 
appropriate; 
precautionary of and 
(EC) No 178/2002 and the use of 
preventive measures, when 
precautionary measures, when 
appropriate; 
appropriate; 
(f) 
restriction of the use of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(f) restriction of the use of external 
(f) (i) is not acceptable 
external inputs. Where external 
inputs. Where external inputs are 
Should not include derogations to 
inputs are required or the appropriate 
required or the appropriate 
principles 
management practices and methods 
management practices and methods 
referred to in point (e) do not exist, 
referred to in point (e) do not exist, 
these shall be limited to: 
these shall be limited to: 
(i) 
inputs from organic 
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(i) inputs from organic production; 
 
production; 
in the case of plant reproductive 
material, priority shall be given to 
varieties selected for their ability to 
meet the specific needs and 
objectives of organic farming 
where available;
 
(ii)  natural or naturally-
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derived substances; 
substances; 
 
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(iii)  low solubility mineral 
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(iii) low solubility mineral 
 
fertilisers; 
fertilisers; 
(g) 
adaptation, where 
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(g) adaptation, where necessary, 
 
necessary, and within the framework 
and within the framework of this 
of this Regulation, of the production 
Regulation, of the production 
process, taking account of the 
process, taking account of the 
sanitary status, regional differences 
sanitary status, regional differences 
in ecological balance, climate and 
in ecological balance, climate and 
local conditions, stages of 
local conditions, stages of 
development and specific husbandry 
development and specific 
practices. 
husbandry practices. 
 
(ga)  exclusion of animal cloning, 
 
GA text preferred 
rearing artificially induced 
polyploid animals and ionising 
radiation from the whole organic 
food chain; 

 
(gb)  production of a wide variety   
GA text preferred 
of food and other agricultural 
products that respond to 
consumers’ demand for goods 
produced by the use of processes 
that do not harm the 
environment, human health, 
plant health or animal health and 
welfare; 

 
(gc)  ensuring the integrity of 
 
GA text preferred 
organic production at all stages of 
 
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production, processing and 
distribution of food and feed 

Article 5 
Specific principles applicable to 
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Acceptable 
agricultural activities and 
aquaculture
 
In the framework of agricultural 
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acceptable 
activities and aquaculture, organic 
production shall in particular be 
based on the following specific 
principles: 
(a) 
maintenance and enhancement 
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Acceptable 
of soil life and natural soil fertility, 
soil stability, soil water retention and 
soil biodiversity preventing and 
combating loss of soil organic 
matter, soil compaction and soil 
erosion, and the nourishing of plants 
primarily through the soil 
ecosystem; 
(b) 
limitation of the use of non-
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Acceptable 
renewable resources and external 
inputs to a minimum; 
(c) 
recycling of wastes and by-
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Acceptable 
products of plant and animal origin 
as input in plant and livestock 
 
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production; 
(d) 
maintenance of plant health by  (d) 
maintenance of plant health 
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GA text preferred 
preventive measures, in particular 
by preventive measures, in 
the choice of appropriate species, 
particular the choice of appropriate 
varieties or heterogeneous material 
species, varieties or heterogeneous 
resistant to pests and diseases, 
material populations resistant to 
appropriate crop rotations, 
pests and diseases, appropriate crop 
mechanical and physical methods 
rotations, mechanical and physical 
and protection of the natural enemies  methods and protection of the 
of pests; 
natural enemies of pests; 
Amendment 108 
Article 5 (d) (a) (new) 
 
 
(da) sustaining the health of plants  Acceptable 
and animals; 
But redundant as already covered 
by (d) and (e) of Art 5 of GA 
(e) 
choice of breeds having regard  Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
to the capacity of animals to adapt to 
local conditions, their vitality and 
their resistance to disease or health 
problems; the practice of site-
adapted and land-related livestock 
production; the application of animal 
husbandry practices, which enhance 
the immune system and strengthen 
the natural defence against diseases, 
in particular including regular 
exercise and access to open air areas 
 
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and pastureland, where appropriate; 
(f) 
observance of a high level of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
animal welfare respecting species-
specific needs; 
(g) 
feeding of livestock with 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
organic feed composed of 
agricultural ingredients from organic 
production and of natural non-
agricultural substances; 
Amendment 109 
Article 5 (h) 
(h) 
exclusion of genetic 
(h) 
exclusion of genetic 
(h) exclusion of animal cloning 
Partly acceptable 
engineering, animal cloning, 
engineering, animal cloning, 
from the whole organic food chain; 
Lack of coherence as artificially 
artificially induced polyploidy and 
artificially induced polyploidy 
induced polyploidy is prohibite in 
ionising radiation from the whole 
and ionising radiation from the 
Art 7 (1)(ca) 
organic food chain; 
whole organic food chain; 
GA can not accept authorising 
“ionising radiation”.  
Covered by GA , Art 4 (ga). 
Amendment 110 
Article 5 (h) (a) (new) 
 
 
(ha) exclusion of food containing 
Not acceptable 
or consisting of artificially 
Difficult to enforce 
engineered nanomaterials; 
Amendment 111 
 
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Article 5 (i) 
(i) 
continuing health of the 
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(i) maintenance of biodiversity in 
Not acceptable 
aquatic environment and the quality 
natural aquatic ecosystems, and 
Already covered by the objectives 
of surrounding aquatic and terrestrial 
ensuring the continuing health of 
(Am 106) and also in the general 
ecosystems; 
the aquatic environment and the 
principles in the GA (Art 4(b)) 
quality of surrounding aquatic and 
terrestrial ecosystems in 
“..in the aquaculture producions “ is 
aquaculture production; 
too restrictive 
The wording of GA is preferable 
 
(j) 
feeding of aquatic organisms 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
with feed from sustainable 
exploitation of fisheries in 
accordance with Regulation (EU) No 
1380/2013 or with organic feed 
composed of agricultural ingredients 
from organic production, including 
organic aquaculture, and of natural 
non-agricultural substances. 
Amendment 112 
Article (5) (j) (a) (new) 
 
 
(ja) taking account of the local or 
Not acceptable 
regional ecological balance when 
Redundant. The wording of GA is 
taking production decisions; 
preferable (Art4(g)) and identical to 
the wording proposed by the Com. 
Amendment 113 
 
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(jb) production of organic 
Acceptable 
livestock products derived from 
(Place to be checked) 
animals that have been raised on 
organic holdings since their birth 
or hatching and throughout their 
life;
 
Article 6 
Amendment 114 
Article 6 - title 
Specific principles applicable to the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Specific principles applicable to the  Acceptable 
processing of organic food and feed 
processing of organic food 
 
Amendment 115 
Article 6 
Production of processed organic 
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Production of processed organic 
Not acceptable except the inclusion 
food and feed shall in particular be 
food shall, in particular, be based 
of “restriction” at the end of the 
based on the following specific 
on the following specific principles:  text. 
principles: 
 
Meaning of “at a certain point of 
time” to be clarified with EP  
(a) 
production of organic food 
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(a) the production of organic food 
Not acceptable 
from organic agricultural 
from organic agricultural 
 
ingredients; 
ingredients, except where an 
ingredient is not available as an 

Principles should not include 
organic product at a certain point 
derogations. However, granting of 
 
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in time. In such cases, non-
exceptions should be done in a 
organic ingredients may, 
harmonised way. 
exceptionally, be authorised by the 
competent authority of the 
Member State concerned. Such 
authorisation shall be notified to 
the Commission and published by 
the Commission in such a way as 
to make this information 
accessible
; 
(b) 
production of organic feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
deleted 
GA text preferred 
from organic feed materials; 
(c) 
limitation of the use of food 
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(b) restriction of the use of food 
The introdution of the term 
additives, of non-organic ingredients 
additives, of non-organic 
“restriction” is acceptable 
with mainly technological and 
ingredients with mainly 
sensory functions, and of 
technological and sensory 
micronutrients and processing aids, 
functions, and of micronutrients 
so that they are used to a minimum 
and processing aids, so that they are 
extent and only in cases of essential 
used to a minimum extent and only 
technological need or for particular 
in cases of essential technological 
nutritional purposes; 
need or for particular nutritional 
purposes; 
(d) 
limitation of the use of feed 
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deleted 
GA text preferred 
additives and processing aids to a 
minimum extent and only in cases 
of essential technological or 
zootechnical needs or for particular 
nutritional purposes; 

 
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(e) 
exclusion of substances and 
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(c) exclusion of substances and 
 
processing methods that might be 
processing methods that might be 
misleading as regards the true nature 
misleading as regards the true 
of the product; 
nature of the product; 
(f) 
processing of food or feed 
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(d) processing of food with care, 
 
with care, preferably through the use 
preferably through the use of 
of biological, mechanical and 
biological, mechanical and physical 
physical methods. 
methods. 
Amendment 116 
Article 6 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 6a 
Acceptable 
Specific principles applicable to 
 
the processing of organic feed 
 
 
Production of processed organic 
 
feed shall, in particular, be based 
on the following specific 
principles: 

 
 
(a) the production of organic feed 
 
from organic feed materials; 
 
 
(b) restriction of the use of feed 
 
additives and processing aids, and 
authorisation of the use of such 
additives and aids only in cases of 
essential technological or 
zootechnical needs or for 
particular nutritional purposes; 

 
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(c) exclusion of substances and 
 
processing methods that might be 
misleading as regards the true 
nature of the product concerned; 

 
 
(d) processing of feed with care, 
 
preferably through the use of 
biological, mechanical and 
physical methods. 

Chapter III 
Production rules 
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Acceptable 
Article 7 
General production rules 
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Acceptable 
1. 
Operators shall comply with 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
the following general production 
rules: 
Amendment 117 
Article 7 (1) (a) 
(a) 
the entire agricultural 
(a) 
the entire agricultural 
(a) the entire agricultural holding or  Not acceptable 
holding or aquaculture 
or aquaculture holding or 
aquaculture operation shall be 
More flexibility provided by the 
operation shall be managed in 
aquaculture operation shall 
managed in compliance with this 
GA 
compliance with the 
be managed in compliance 
Regulation; 
requirements applicable to 
with the requirements 
organic production; 
applicable to organic 
production.  
 
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Amendment 118 
Article 7 (1) (b) 
(b) 
save as otherwise 
(b)  for the purposes 
(b) only products and substances 
Acceptable 
provided in point 2.2 of Part 
mentioned in Article 19 and  authorised pursuant to point 2.2 of 
IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of 
in save as otherwise 
Part IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of 
Annex II, only products and 
provided in point 2.2 of Part 
Annex II for the purposes 
substances authorised pursuant 
IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of  mentioned in Article 19 may be 
to Article 19 may be used in 
Annex II, only products and 
used in organic agriculture and 
organic agriculture and 
substances authorised 
aquaculture, provided that the 
aquaculture, provided that the 
pursuant to these provisions 
product or substance in question 
product or substance in 
Article 19 may be used in 
has been authorised for use in 
question has been authorised 
organic agriculture and 
agriculture and aquaculture, in 
for use in agriculture and 
aquaculture, provided that the  accordance with the relevant 
aquaculture, in accordance 
product or substance in 
provisions of Union law and, where 
with the relevant provisions of 
question has been authorised 
necessary, in the Member States 
Union law and, where 
for use in agriculture and 
concerned, in accordance with 
necessary, in the Member 
aquaculture, in accordance 
national provisions based on Union 
States concerned, in 
with the relevant provisions 
law; the use of products and 
accordance with national 
of Union law and, where 
substances used for purposes other 
provisions based on Union 
necessary, in the Member 
than those mentioned in Article 19 
law; 
States concerned, in 
and authorised pursuant to point 
accordance with national 
2.2 of Part IV and point 1.3 of Part 
provisions based on Union 
VI of Annex II shall be allowed 
law; the use of products and  provided that their use respects the 
substances used for other 
principles laid down in Chapter II; 
purposes than those 
mentioned in Article 19 and 
point 2.2 of Part IV and 
point 1.3 of Part VI of 
Annex II are allowed 

 
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provided that their use 
respects the principles laid 
down in Chapter II.   

(c) 
the use of ionising 
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Acceptable 
radiation for the treatment of 
organic food or feed, or of raw 
materials used in organic food 
or feed shall be prohibited; 
Amendment 119 
Article 7 (1) (c) (a) (new) 
 
(ca)  the use of animal 
(ca) the use of animal cloning and 
Acceptable 
cloning and the rearing of 
the rearing of artificially induced 
See new (ca) in article 7 in GA 
artificially induced 
polyploid animals is prohibited; 
polyploid animals is 
prohibited; 

 
(cb)  preventive measures 
 
GA text preferred 
shall be taken as 
appropriate at all stages of 
production, preparation 
and distribution 

Amendment 120 
Article 7 (1) (c) (b) (new) 
 
 
(cb) preventive measures shall be 
Acceptable 
taken as appropriate at all stages 
See new (cb) in article 7 in GA 
of production, preparation and 
distribution;
 
 
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Article 7 (1) (d) 
(d) 
organic operators other 
(d)  organic operators 
(d) organic operators other than 
Not acceptable 
than micro-enterprises, farmers 
other than micro-
micro-enterprises, farmers
Council against setting up an 
and operators producing 
enterprises, farmers and 
beekeepers, retailers, and operators  environmental management system 
seaweed or aquaculture 
operators producing 
producing algae or aquaculture 
animals, shall put in place an 
seaweed or aquaculture 
animals, shall improve their 
Rationale : too costly and 
environmental management 
animals, shall put in place 
environmental performance so as 
burdensome for operators 
system with a view to 
an environmental 
to protect biodiversity and to 
improving their 
management system with a 
contribute to climate change 
environmental performance. 
view to improving their 
mitigation by means such as 
environmental 
carbon sequestration, establishing 
performance. 
performance targets. 
 
1a. 
By way of derogation from 
 
GA text preferred 
paragraph 1 (a), a holding may 
be split into clearly and 
effectively separated units or 
aquaculture production sites 
which are not all managed under 
organic production, provided 
that: 

 
(i) 
as regards livestock, 
 
 
different species shall be 
involved; 

 
(ii)  as regards plants, 
 
 
different varieties that can 
be easily differentiated shall 

 
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be involved. 
 
As regards aquaculture, the same   
 
species may be involved, provided 
that there is a clear and effective 
separation between the 
production sites. 

 
In case of research and 
 
 
educational centers, nurseries, 
seed multipliers, hatcheries in the 
framework of aquaculture and 
algae production and breeding 
operations, the requirements 
concerning different species and 
varieties referred to in points (i) 
and (ii) shall not apply. 

 
1b.  In the case referred to in 
 
GA text preferred 
paragraph 1a, the operator shall 
keep the organic production and 
the products used for this organic 
production separate from the 
non-organic production and the 
products used for the non organic 
production. The operator shall 
keep adequate records to show 
the effective separation. 

Amendment 122 
Article 7 (2) 
 
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In order to ensure the correct 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. In order to ensure the correct 
Not acceptable  
application of the general production  correct application of the general 
application of the general 
rules, the Commission shall be 
production rules, the Commission  production rules, the Commission 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
shall be empowered to adopt 
shall be empowered to adopt 
in accordance with Article 36 
delegated acts in accordance with  delegated acts in accordance with 
providing the criteria to which the 
Article 36 providing the criteria 
Article 36, based on the principles 
environmental management system 
to which the environmental 
set out in Chapter II, laying down 
referred to in point (d) of paragraph 
management system referred to 
the criteria to which the 
is to correspond. Those criteria 
in point (d) of paragraph 1 is to 
requirements for environmental 
shall take into account the 
correspond. Those criteria shall 
performance measures taken in 
specificities of small and medium 
take into account the specificities 
organic operations as referred to in 
size enterprises. 
of small and medium size 
point (d) of paragraph 1 are to 
enterprises The Commission 
correspond. Those criteria shall 
shall, by way of implementing 
take into account the specificities of 
acts, lay down more specific rules  small and medium-sized 
on the application of paragraphs 
enterprises. 
1a and 1b. 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 123 
Article 7 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 7a 
Not acceptable 
Derogation from general 
Wording of GA is preferred 
production rules 
 
 
1. By way of derogation from point   
 
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be separated into clearly distinct 
production units which are either 
in compliance with this Regulation 
or dedicated to non-organic 
production, provided that:
 
 
 
(a) appropriate measures have 
 
been taken to ensure the 
permanent separation of products 
obtained from each unit 
concerned;
 
 
 
(b) as regards livestock, different 
 
species are involved and feed and 
stables are clearly separated;
 
 
 
(c) as regards plants, cultivated 
 
land is clearly separated, different 
crops and easily distinguishable 
varieties are produced and 
harvests are separately stored and 
processed;
 
 
 
(d) as regards aquaculture, 
 
production sites, feed and species 
are clearly separated;
 
 
 
(e) as regards perennial crops 
 
which have been cultivated over a 
period of at least three years, 
varieties which cannot be easily 
differentiated shall be accepted if 
they are being produced under a 

 
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conversion plan not exceeding five 
years in duration and are subject 
to specific control procedures.
 
 
 
In the case of research and 
 
educational centres, nurseries, 
seed multipliers, hatcheries for 
aquaculture and algae production 
and breeding operations, the 
requirements concerning different 
species and varieties referred to in 
points (a) and (e) of the first 
subparagraph shall not apply.
 
 
 
2. An agricultural holding or 
 
aquaculture operation which 
includes organic and non-organic 
units may establish a conversion 
plan for the non-organic part of 
production to be implemented 
within a period of time which 
allows the holding to adapt to the 
requirements of this Regulation. 

 
 
3. The derogation set out in 
 
paragraph 1 shall not apply to 
units producing products which 
are not covered by the scope of this 
Regulation or products for which 
detailed requirements have not yet 
been developed. 

Article 8 
 
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Amendment 124 
Article 8 (1) 
1. 
Farmers and operators 
1. 
Farmers and operators 
1. Farmers, beekeepers and 
Partly acceptable  
producing seaweed or aquaculture 
producing seaweed  algae or 
operators producing algae or 
“Beekepers” is already covered by 
animals shall respect a conversion 
aquaculture animals shall respect a 
aquaculture animals shall respect a 
“farmers” but for the sake of 
period. During the whole conversion  conversion period. During the 
conversion period. Throughout the 
clarity, they could be added in the 
period they shall apply the rules on 
whole conversion period they shall 
conversion period they shall apply 
definition of farmer (Art 3(8).  
organic production laid down in this 
apply the rules on organic 
all rules on organic production laid 
Regulation and, in particular, the 
production laid down in this 
down in this Regulation and, in 
 “algae” is acceptable. 
specific rules on conversion set out 
Regulation and, in particular, the 
particular, the specific rules on 
“throughout” and “all” are 
in Annex II. 
relevant specific rules on 
conversion set out in Annex II. 
acceptable. 
conversion set out in Annex II. 
Amendment 125 
Article 8 (2) (1) (a) (new) 
2. 
The conversion period shall 
2. 
The conversion period shall 
2. The conversion period shall start 
Partly acceptable 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
at the earliest when the farmer or 
“algae” is acceptable 
or the operator producing seaweed 
or the operator producing seaweed 
the operator producing algae or 
or aquaculture animals has notified 
algae or aquaculture animals has 
aquaculture animals has subjected 
Second para is not acceptable as it 
his activity to the competent 
notified his activity to the 
his holding to the certification and  brings lack of harmonisation (“the 
competent authority may decide”).
authorities in accordance with this 
competent authorities  in 
control system and notified his 
 
Regulation. 
accordance as referred to in 
activity to the competent authorities 
(a)  And (b) could be accepted if 
article 24(1) and his holding is 
in accordance with this Regulation. 
changes are provided. The 
submitted to the organic 
terms “any other official 
certification and control system.  
programmes” are not clear 
with this Regulation. 
and are very open to many 
derogations. Already 
 
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covered by Art 8(3)((a) and 
(b)) of GA 
To be discussed if the period can be 
reduced to 6 months where the land 
concerned has not during the last 
year, received any treatment with 
products not authorised for organic 
production. 
 
 
The competent authority may 
 
decide to recognise retroactively as 
being part of the conversion period 
any previous period during which:
 
 
 
(a) the land parcels were subject to   
measures specified in a 
programme implemented pursuant 
to Regulation (EC) No 1305/2013, 
or in any other official 
programme, provided that the 
measures concerned ensure that 
products not authorised for 
organic production have not been 
used on those parcels; or
 
 
 
(b) evidence can be provided by the   
operator showing that, over a 
period of at least three years, the 
parcels were either natural or 
agricultural areas which were not 
treated with products or 
substances not authorised for 

 
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The conversion period may be 
 
reduced to one year for pasture 
and open air areas used by non-
herbivore species. This period may 
be reduced to six months where 
the land concerned has not during 
the last year received any 
treatment with products not 
authorised for organic production.
 
(2a) By way of derogation from 
2a 
By way of derogation from 
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GA text preferred 
paragraph 2, in cases where the land 
paragraph 2, in cases where the 
has been left fallow before the 
land has been left fallow before 
notification referred to in Article 
the notification referred to in 
24(1) for at least the time period 
Article 24(1) for at least the time 
required for conversion and provided  period required for conversion 
that other necessary requirements are  and provided that other 
fulfilled, no conversion period shall 
necessary requirements are 
be necessary for this fallow land 
fulfilled, no conversion period 
shall be necessary for this fallow 
land. 

Amendment 126 
Article 8 (3) 
3. 
No previous period may be 
3. 
No previous retroactive 
deleted 
Not acceptable 
recognised retroactively as being 
period may be recognised 
Clearer wording in GA 
part of the conversion period. 
retroactively as being part of the 
conversion period., except where: 
 
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(a)  the land parcels were 
 
GA text preferred 
subject of measures defined 
in a programme 
implemented pursuant to 
Regulation (EU) No 
1305/2013 provided that 
these measures ensure that 
products or substances not 
authorised for organic 
production have not been 
used on those land parcels; 
or 

 
(b)  proof can be provided 
 
GA text preferred 
by the operator that the 
land parcels were natural 
or agricultural areas which 
were not treated with 
products or substances not 
authorised for organic 
production for a period of 
at least three years.
 
 
3a. 
The operator shall keep the 
 
GA text preferred 
organic products separate from 
the in-conversion products and 
shall keep adequate records to 
show the effective separation. 

Amendment 127 
 
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4. 
Products produced during the 
4. 
Products produced during the 
4. Animals and animal products 
Not acceptable 
conversion period shall not be 
conversion period shall not be 
produced during the conversion 
Wording is clearer in the GA 
marketed as organic. 
marketed as organic. 
period shall not be marketed as 
organic. Plant products harvested 
12 months after the start of the 
conversion period may be marked 
as conversion products, provided 
that such products contain only 
one crop ingredient of agricultural 
origin.
 
 
Products of plant origin 
 
GA text preferred 
produced during the conversion 
period and in compliance with 
paragraph 1 may be marketed as 
in-conversion products provided 
a conversion period of at least 12 
months before the harvest has 
been complied with and the 
product contains only one crop 
ingredient of agricultural origin.
 
Amendment 128 
Article 8 (5) 
5. 
By way of derogation from 
5. 
By way of derogation from 
deleted 
Acceptable 
Article 7(1)(a), during the 
Article 7(1)(a), during the 
conversion period, the agricultural 
conversion period, the 
holding may be split into clearly 
agricultural holding may be split 
separated units which are not all 
into clearly separated units which 
 
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managed under organic production.  are not all managed under 
As regards livestock, different 

organic production. As regards 
species shall be involved in organic 
livestock, different species shall 
production during the conversion 
be involved in organic production 
period.  As regards aquaculture, the  during the conversion period.  As 
same species may be involved, 

regards aquaculture, the same 
provided that there is adequate 
species may be involved, provided 
separation between the production 
that there is adequate separation 
sites. As regards plants, different 
between the production sites. As 
varieties that can easily be 
regards plants, different varieties 
distinguished shall be involved in 
that can easily be distinguished 
organic production during the 
shall be involved in organic 
conversion period. 
production during the conversion 
period. 

Amendment 129 
Article 8 (6) 
6. 
In order to ensure quality, 
6. 
In order to ensure quality, 
6. In order to ensure quality, 
Not acceptable  
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
this Regulation as regards organic 
production and adaptation to 
organic production and 
production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 supplementing the 
delegated acts in accordance with  with Article 36 supplementing the 
rules laid down in this Article or 
Article 36 supplementing the 
rules laid down in this Article or 
supplementing and amending the 
rules laid down in this Article or 
supplementing the rules set out in 
rules set out in Annex II as regards 
supplementing and amending the 
Annex II as regards conversion. 
conversion. 
rules set out in Annex II as 
regards conversion. 

 
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appropriate, adopt implementing 
acts laying down specific rules 
regarding the documents to be 
supplied in view of the 
recognition of previous 
retroactive period, as referred to 
in Article 8.3 (a) and (b). 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Article 9 
Prohibition of the use of GMOs 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
1. 
GMOs and products produced 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
from or by GMOs shall not be used 
in  food or feed or as food, feed, 
processing aids, plant protection 
products, fertilisers, soil 
conditioners, plant reproductive 
material, micro-organisms and 
animals in organic production. 
Amendment 130 
Article 9 (2) 
2. 
For the purposes of paragraph 
Commission proposal unchanged 
2. For the purposes of the 
Not acceptable 
prohibition laid down in paragraph 
 
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1, with regard to GMOs or products  Would provide a major risk for 
produced from or by GMOs for food 
produced from or by GMOs for 
GMO’s contamination. 
and feed, operators may rely on the 
food and feed, operators shall rely 
labels of a product or any other 
on the labels of a product or any 
accompanying document, affixed or 
other accompanying document, 
provided pursuant to Directive 
affixed or provided pursuant to 
2001/18/EC, Regulation (EC) No 
Directive 2001/18/EC, Regulation 
1829/2003 of the European 
(EC) No 1829/2003 of the 
Parliament and of the Council53 or 
European Parliament and of the 
Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 of 
Council48 or Regulation (EC) No 
the European Parliament and of the 
1830/2003 of the European 
Council54
Parliament and of the Council49. 
3. 
Operators may assume that no 
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Acceptable 
GMOs or products produced from or 
by GMOs have been used in the 
manufacture of purchased food and 
feed when such products are not 
labelled, or accompanied by a 
document, pursuant to the 
Regulations referred to in paragraph 
2, unless they have obtained other 
information indicating that the 
labelling of the products concerned 
is not in conformity with those 
                                                 
53 
Regulation (EC) 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed (OJ L 
268, 18.10.2003, p. 1). 
54 
Regulation (EC) 1830/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 concerning the traceability and labelling of 
genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending 
Directive 2001/18/EC (OJ L 268, 18.10.2003, p. 24). 
 
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3a. 
For the purpose of the 
 
GA text preferred 
prohibition referred to in 
paragraph 1, with regard to 
products not being food or feed, 
or products produced by GMOs, 
operators using such non-organic 
products purchased from third 
parties shall require the vendor 
to confirm that the products 
supplied have not been produced 
from or by GMOs. 

Amendment 131 
Article 9 (3) (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
For the purposes of the 
See new (3a) in article 9 in GA 
prohibition laid down in 
paragraph 1, with regard to 
products which are not food or 
feed, or products produced from or 
by GMOs, operators using such 
non-organic products purchased 
from third parties shall require the 
vendor to confirm that the 
products supplied have not been 
produced from or by GMOs. 

Article 10 
Plant production rules 
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Article 10 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing plants or 
1. 
Operators producing plants or  1. Operators producing plants or 
Not acceptable 
plant products shall in particular 
plant products shall in particular 
plant products shall in particular 
Wording of the GA is more precise 
comply with the specific production 
comply with the specific 
comply with the specific production 
rules set out in Part I of Annex II. 
production rules set out in Part I of 
rules set out in Part I of Annex II 
Annex II and with the specific 
and with the specific implementing 
rules laid down in accordance 
rules laid down in accordance with 
with paragraph 4 (a) and (c). 
paragraph 4 of this Article. 
Amendment 133 
Article 10 (2) 
2. 
Each Member State shall 
2. 
Each Member State shall 
2. Each Member State shall ensure 
Not acceptable 
ensure that a computerised database 
ensure that a computerised database  that a computerised database is 
Heterogeneous material is not used 
is established for listing the varieties  is established for listing the 
established for indicative listing of 
anymore (COM’s on seeds and 
and heterogeneous material
varieties and populations 
varieties including seed potatoes 
plant reproductive material was 
according to Regulation (EU) No 
heterogeneous material
and heterogeneous material, such 
withdrawn). 
XX/XXX (PRM law) for which plant  according to Regulation (EU) No 
as populations or open pollinated 
“Indicative” is vague and should be 
reproductive material obtained by 
XX/XXX (PRM law) for which 
varieties, meaning that they have 
“updated”
the organic production method is 
plant reproductive material
not been obtained by controlled 
 
available on its territory. 
excluding seedlings, obtained by 
pollination of inbred lines for 
There shouldn’t be derogations for 
the organic production method is 
which seeds obtained by the 
the general seed’s legislations.  
available on its territory.  
organic production method are 
available on its national market. 
A ref. to DA is not acceptable 
The organically bred varieties or 
The database can be made 
heterogeneous material selected 
available. 
for their ability to meet the specific  Seed potatoes are also covered by 
aims and objectives of organic 
plant reproductive material. 
farming shall be clearly identified 
 
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in the list. 
 
 
The databases shall be maintained   
by each Member State and shall be 
made public by the Commission. 
In order to ensure a timely 
overview of the availability of 
plant reproductive material 
suitable for organic production at 
Union level, the Commission shall 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
laying down:
 
 
 
– the technical minimum 
 
requirements for establishing the 
databases mentioned in this 
paragraph,
 
 
 
– the content of the information to   
be transmitted to the Commission 
by Member States, as well as the 
technical details and frequency of 
such procedure.
 
 
 
For heterogeneous material made 
 
available for use in organic 
agriculture,
 
 
 
(a) Council Directive 
 
66/401/EEC1a, 
 
 
(b) Council Directive 
 
66/402/EEC1b,  
 
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(c) Council Directive 
 
 
 
68/193/EEC1c, 
(d) Council Di rective 98/56/EC1d, 
 
 
 
(e) Council Directive 
 
 
 
1999/105/EC1e, 
(d) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2002/53/EC1f. 
(e) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2002/54/EC1g, 
(f) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2002/55/EC1h, 
(g) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2002/56/EC1i, 
(h) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2002/57/EC1j, 
(i) Council Directive 
 
 
 
2008/72/EC1k, and 
(j) Council Directive 2008/90/EC1l 
 
 
 
shall not apply. 
 
 
 
Amendment 134 
Article 10 (3) - introductory part 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. In order to ensure quality, 
Not acceptable  
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Incompatibility with Amendment 
 
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Regulation as regards organic plant 
this Regulation as regards 
this Regulation as regards organic 
140 
production and adaptation to 
organic plant production and 
plant production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with  with Article 36 supplementing the 
supplementing the specific plant 
Article 36 amending or 
specific plant production rules as 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific plant 
regards: 
production rules as regards: 
Amendment 135 
Article 10 (3) (a) 
(a) 
cultivation practices; 
(a)  cultivation practices; 
deleted 
Acceptable 
Amendment 136 
Article 10 (3) (b) 
(b) 
soil management and 
(b)  soil management and 
(b) soil management and 
Not acceptable  
fertilisation; 
fertilisation; 
fertilisation, as laid down in points 
To be modified by codecision (In 
1.5.4 and 1.5.5 of Part I of Annex 
GA, Annex II, Part I, 1.5) 
II; 
Amendment 137 
Article 10 (3) (c) 
(c) 
plant health and 
(c) 
plant health and 
(c) plant health and management of 
Not acceptable 
management of pests and 
management of pests and 
pests, weeds and diseases, as laid 
To be modified by codecision (In 
weeds
weeds; 
down in point 1.6 of Part I of 
GA, Annex II, Part I, 1.6) 
Annex II; 
(d) 
management of 
(d)  management of 
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GA text preferred 
mushroom production and 
mushroom production and 
 
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other specific plant and plant 
other specific plant and 
production systems; 
plant production systems; 
Amendment 138 
Article 10 (3) (e) 
(e) 
the origin of plant 
(e) 
the origin of plant 
deleted 
Acceptable 
reproductive material; 
reproductive material; 
Amendment 139 
Article 10 (3) (f) 
(f) 
the collection of wild 
(f) 
the collection of wild 
(f) the collection of wild plants, as 
Not acceptable 
plants. 
plants. 
laid down in point 2.2 of Part I of 
Already covered by IA in the GA 
Annex II. 
(Art 10, 4) (a). 
Incompatibility with Amendment 
140 (AM 139 should be deleted 
because it is already covered in AM 
140 art 10 point 4a). 
Amendment 140 
Article 10 (4) 
4. 
The Commission shall adopt 
4. 
The Commission shall adopt 
4. The Commission shall adopt 
Acceptable 
implementing acts laying down the 
implementing acts laying down: 
implementing acts laying down
Incompatibility with Amendments 
technical details for establishing the 
139 and 133 
database referred to in paragraph 2. 
Those implementing acts shall be 
Text of GA is preferable because it 
adopted in accordance with the 
refers correctly to 1.4.2.1. 
examination procedure referred to in 
(a)  requirements for 
(a) the requirements for specific 
 
specific plants, plant 
plants, plant products or plant 
 
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Article 37(2). 
products or plant 
production systems; 
production systems; 
(b)  the technical details for 
(b) the technical details for 
 
establishing the database 
establishing the database referred to 
referred to in paragraph 2; 
in paragraph 2. 
(c) 
the conditions for the 
(c) the conditions for the 
 
implementation of point 
implementation of point 1.4.2 of 
1.4.2 of Part. I of Annex II, 
Part I of Annex II. 
including the list of 
varieties or species for 
which point 1.4.2.1 cannot 
be applied
. 
Those implementing acts shall be 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2). 
in Article 37(2). 
Article 11 
Livestock production rules 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
Amendment 141 
Article 11 (1) 
1. 
Livestock operators shall in 
1. 
Livestock operators shall in 
1. Livestock operators shall in 
Not acceptable 
particular comply with the specific 
particular comply with the specific 
particular comply with the 
IA issue 
production rules set out in Part II of 
production rules set out in Part II of  production rules set out in Part II of 
Annex II. 
Annex II and with the specific 
Annex II. 
rules laid down in accordance 
 
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Amendment 142 
Article 11 (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
1a. By 1 July 2017 the 
To be clarified with EP 
Commission shall present to the 
Added value of the report is 
European Parliament and to the 
questioned 
Council a report on new species-
specific rules to be incorporated 

vague 
into this Regulation. Those rules 
must be designed to meet all 
physiological and behavioural 
needs of the species concerned.
 
 
 
The use of cages shall not be 
 
permitted for any vertebrate 
species except fish.
 
Amendment 143 
Article 11 (2) - introductory part 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, 
Not acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
this Regulation as regards organic 
livestock production and adaptation 
organic livestock production and 
livestock production and adaptation 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
to technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with  with Article 36 supplementing the 
supplementing the specific livestock 
Article 36 amending or 
specific livestock production rules 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific 
as regards: 
 
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livestock production rules as 
regards: 

Amendment 144 
Article 11 (2) (a) 
(a) 
the origin of animals; 
(a)  the origin of animals 
deleted 
Acceptable  
 
Amendment 145 
Article 11 (2) (b) 
(b) 
livestock housing, 
(b)  livestock housing, 
deleted 
IA issue 
including minimum surface 
including minimum surface 
areas indoors and outdoors 
areas indoors and outdoors 
and the maximum number of 
and the maximum number 
animals per hectare; 
of animals per hectare; 
Amendment 146 
Article 11 (2) (c) 
(c) 
husbandry practices; 
(c) 
husbandry practices ; 
deleted 
IA issue  
An IA is foreseen in art 11(2)(a) of 
GA 
 
Amendment 147 
Article 11 (2) (d) 
(d) 
breeding; 
(d)  breeding;  
deleted 
Acceptable 
IA issue 
 
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Amendment 148 
Article 11 (2) (e) 
(e) 
feed and feeding; 
(e) 
feed and feeding; 
(e) nutrition, as laid down in 
IA issue 
points 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.4.3 and 
2.5.3 of Part II of Annex II
; 
Amendment 149 
Article 11 (2) (f) 
(f)  disease prevention and 
(f) 
disease prevention and  (f) disease prevention and 
IA issue 
veterinary treatment. 
veterinary treatment. 
veterinary treatment, as laid down 
in point 2.5.4 of Part II of Annex 
II
. 
 
2a. 
The Commission shall 
 
GA text preferred 
adopt implementing acts laying 
down specific rules on nutrition 
requirements, housing conditions, 
stocking density, disease 
prevention, veterinary 
treatments, animal welfare and 
husbandry practices for the 
following specific livestock 
species: 

 
(a)  bovine, ovine and 
 
GA text preferred 
caprine animal;  
 
(b)  equine animal; 
 
GA text preferred 
 
(c) 
porcine animal;  
 
GA text preferred 
 
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(d)  poultry; 
 
GA text preferred 
 
(e) 
bees; 
 
GA text preferred 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

 
2b.  The Commission may adopt   
GA text preferred. 
implementing acts laying down 
specific rules on nutrition 
requirements, housing conditions, 
stocking density, disease 
prevention, veterinary 
treatments, animal welfare, 
husbandry practices and 
conversion periods for livestock 
species other than those referred 
to in paragraph 2a. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

 
2c
The Commission shall, 
 
GA text preferred 
where appropriate, adopt 
implementing acts laying down 
specific rules on the application 
of point 1.3.5. of Part II of Annex 

 
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II. 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 150 
Article 11 (2) (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
Those delegated acts shall cover 
Not acceptable  
the following species: 
Amendment 150 does not seem to 
be necessary 
See new (2a) in article 11 in GA 
 
 
(a) bovine, ovine and caprine 
 
animals; 
 
 
(b) equine animals; 
 
 
 
(c) porcine animals; 
 
 
 
(d) poultry; 
 
 
 
(e) bees. 
 
Article 12 
Amendment 151 
Article 12 - title 
 
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Production rules for algae and 
Acceptable 
aquaculture animals 
Production rules for seaweed 
aquaculture animals 
algae and aquaculture animals 
Amendment 152 
Article 12 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing seaweed 
1. 
Operators producing seaweed  1. Operators producing algae and 
Acceptable  
and aquaculture animals shall in 
algae and aquaculture animals shall  aquaculture animals shall in 
 
particular comply with the specific 
in particular comply with the 
particular comply with the 
production rules set out in Part III of  specific production rules set out in 
production rules set out in Part III 
Annex II. 
Part III of Annex II and with the 
of Annex II and with the specific 
specific rules laid down in 
rules laid down in accordance with 
accordance with paragraph 3a
paragraph 3a of this Article. 
Amendment 153 
Article 12 (2) - introductory part 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, 
Not acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
IA issue 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
this Regulation as regards organic 
seaweed production and adaptation 
organic seaweed production and 
algae production and adaptation to 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with  with Article 36 supplementing the 
supplementing the specific seaweed 
Article 36 amending or 
specific algae production rules as 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific 
regards: 
seaweed production rules as 
regards: 

 
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Amendment 154 
Article 2 (a) 
(a) 
the suitability of the 
(a)  the suitability of the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
aquatic medium and the 
aquatic medium and the 
sustainable management 
sustainable management 
plan; 
plan; 
(b) 
the harvesting of wild 
(b)  the harvesting of wild 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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seaweed; 
seaweed; 
Amendment 155 
Article 12 (2) (c) 
(c) 
seaweed cultivation; 
(c) 
seaweed cultivation; 
 (c) algae cultivation, including for  Not acceptable 
different species of algae; 
An IA should be foreseen 
(d)  antifouling measures and 
(d)  antifouling measures 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
cleaning of production 
and cleaning of production 
equipment and facilities. 
equipment and facilities. 
Amendment 156 
Article 12 (3) - introductory part 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. In order to ensure quality, 
Acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
aquaculture animals production and 
aquaculture animals production and  aquaculture animals production and 
adaptation to technical 
adaptation to technical 
adaptation to technical 
developments, the Commission shall  developments, the Commission 
developments, the Commission 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
shall be empowered to adopt 
shall be empowered to adopt 
 
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acts in accordance with Article 36 
delegated acts in accordance with 
delegated acts in accordance with 
amending or supplementing the 
Article 36 amending or 
Article 36 supplementing the 
specific production rules for 
supplementing the specific 
specific production rules for 
aquaculture animals as regards: 
production rules for aquaculture 
aquaculture animals, including for 
animals as regards
specific aquaculture species, as 
regards: 
Amendment 157 
Article 12 (3) (a) 
(a) 
the suitability of the 
(a)  the suitability of the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
aquatic medium and the 
aquatic medium and the 
sustainable management 
sustainable management 
plan; 
plan; 
Amendment 158 
Article 12 (3) (b) 
(b) 
the origin of aquaculture 
(b)  the origin of 
(b) the origin of aquaculture 
Not acceptable  
animals; 
aquaculture animals; 
animals for each particular 
In the GA, amendments foreseen by 
species, as laid down in point 4.1.2  codecision (PartIII, 4.1.2.1), and IA 
of Part III of Annex II; 
in Art 12(3)a(c )  
Amendment 159 
Article 12 (3) (c) 
(c) 
aquaculture husbandry
(c) 
aquaculture 
(c) housing conditions and 
Not acceptable  
including aquatic 
husbandry, including 
husbandry practices, as laid down 
In the GA, amendments foreseen by 
containment systems, 
aquatic containment 
in points 4.1.5 and 4.2.2 of Part III  IA in Art 12(3)a(b)  
production systems, maximum 
systems, production 
of Annex II; 
stocking density and, where 
systems, maximum stocking 
appropriate, minimum 
density and, where 
 
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stocking density
appropriate, minimum 
stocking density; 

Amendment 160 
Article 12 (3) (d) 
(d) 
breeding; 
(d)  breeding; 
deleted 
Acceptable 
Amendment 161 
Article 12 (3) (e) 
(e) 
management of 
(e) 
management of 
(e) management of molluscs, as 
Not acceptable 
aquaculture animals
aquaculture animals; 
laid down in point 4.2.4 of Part III  Covered by husbandry. 
of Annex II; 
Why to limit to mollusc? 
Amendment 162 
Article 12 (3) (f) 
(f) 
feed and feeding; 
(f) 
feed and feeding; 
(f) feed and feeding, as laid down 
Not acceptable 
in points 4.1.3.3 and 4.1.3.4 of 
In the GA, amendments foreseen by 
 
Part III of Annex II; 
IA (PartIII, 4.1.3) 
Amendment 163 
Article 12 (3) (g) 
(g)  disease prevention and 
(g)  disease prevention and 
(g) disease prevention and 
Not acceptable 
veterinary treatment. 
veterinary treatment as 
veterinary treatments, as laid down  In the GA, amendments foreseen by 
referred to in points. 4.1.4.1  in point 4.1.4 of Part III of Annex 
IA (PartIII, 4.1.4) 
and 4.1.4.2 of Part III of 
II. 
Annex II. 
 
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GA text preferred 
3a. 
The Commission shall 
adopt implementing acts laying 
down specific rules on: 

 
(a)  algae cultivation and 
 
GA text preferred 
sustainable harvesting of 
wild algaes; 

 
(b)  origin of seed, 
 
GA text preferred 
nutrition requirements, 
housing conditions, 
stocking density, disease 
prevention, veterinary 
treatments, animal welfare 
and husbandry practices 
for the different species of 
aquaculture animals. 

 
(c) 
the conditions for the 
 
GA text preferred 
implementation of point 
4.1.2.1 (db) of part III of 
Annex II.
 
 
 
GA text preferred 
Those implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 164 
 
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3a. The Commission shall adopt 
Acceptable 
 
implementing acts laying down 
Corresponds to GA ‘s wording (Art 
specific rules on the conditions for  12(3a)(c) 
the implementation of the database 
referred to in point 4.1.2.1 of Part 

Incompatibility with Amendment 
III of Annex II. 
158 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2).
 
Article 13 
Amendment 165 
Article 13 - title 
Production rules for processed food 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Production rules for processed feed 
Not acceptable 
and feed 
Better structure in the GA 
Amendment 166 
Article 13 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing processed  1. 
Operators producing 
1. Operators producing processed 
Not acceptable 
food and feed shall in particular 
processed food and feed shall in 
feed shall comply with the 
Better structure in the GA 
comply with the specific production 
particular comply with the specific 
production rules set out in Part IV 
rules set out in Part IV of Annex II. 
production rules set out in Part IV 
of Annex II. 
of Annex II. 
Amendment 167 
Article 13 (2) - introductory part 
 
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In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, 
Acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Limited empowerment of the DA is 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
acceptable 
processed food and feed production 
processed food and feed 
processed feed production and 
and adaptation to technical 
production and adaptation to 
adaptation to technical 
Split of food/feed acceptable 
developments, the Commission shall  technical developments, the 
developments, the Commission 
 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
Commission shall be empowered to  shall be empowered to adopt 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
delegated acts in accordance with 
amending or supplementing the 
with Article 36 amending or 
Article 36 supplementing the 
specific production rules for 
supplementing the specific 
specific production rules for 
processed food and feed as regards: 
production rules for processed food 
processed feed as regards: 
and feed as regards: 
Amendment 168 
Article 13 (2) (a) 
(a) 
procedures to be 
(a)  procedures to be 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
followed; 
followed
Amendment 169 
Article 13 (2) (b) 
(b) 
preventive measures to 
(b)  preventive measures 
(b) precautionary and preventive 
Not acceptable  
be taken; 
to be taken; 
measures to be taken; 
Leads to confusion in relation to the 
precautionary principle  
 
Amendment 170 
Article 13 (2) (c) 
(c) 
the composition and 
(c)  the type, composition 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
 
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conditions of use of processed 
and conditions of use of 
food and feed, including 
processed food and feed, 
products and substances 
including products and 
allowed for use in processed 
substances allowed for use in 
food and feed; 
processed food and feed as 
laid down in points 2.2.2 of 
Part IV of Annex II

Amendment 171 
Article 13 (2) (d) 
(d) 
cleaning measures; 
(d)  cleaning measures; 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
Amendment 172 
Article 13 (2) (e) 
(e) 
the placing on the 
(e) 
the placing on the 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
market of processed products 
market of processed 
including their labelling and 
products including their 
identification; 
labelling and identification; 
Amendment 173 
Article 13 (2) (f) 
(f) 
separation of organic 
(f) 
separation of organic 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
products, agricultural 
products, agricultural 
ingredients and feed materials 
ingredients and feed 
from non-organic products, 
materials from non-organic 
agricultural ingredients and 
products, agricultural 
feed materials; 
ingredients and feed 
materials; 

 
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Article 13 (2) (g) 
(g) 
the list of non-organic 
(g)  the list,  of non-
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
agricultural ingredients 
organic agricultural 
which may exceptionally be 
ingredients which may 
used for the production of 
exceptionally be used for 
organic processed products; 
the production of organic 
processed products; 

Amendment 175 
Article 13 (2) (h) 
(h)  calculation of the 
(h)  calculation of the 
deleted 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen 
percentage of agricultural 
percentage of agricultural 
ingredients referred to in 
ingredients referred to in 
Article 21(3)(a)(ii) and (b); 
Article 21(3)(a)(ii) and (b); 
Amendment 176 
Article 13 (2) (i) 
(i) 
techniques used in food 
(i) 
techniques used in 
(i) techniques used in feed 
Acceptable in substance 
or feed processing. 
food or feed processing. 
processing. 
 
 
2a. 
In order to ensure quality, 
 
GA text preferred 
traceability and compliance with 
this Regulation as regards 
organic processed feed 
production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered 

 
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to adopt delegated acts in 
accordance with Article 36 
supplementing the production 
rules for processed feed as 
regards products other than 
those referred to in points 3.2a 
and 3.2b of Part IV of Annex II. 

 
2b.  The Commission may adopt   
GA text preferred 
implementing acts laying down 
specific rules concerning the 
production methods and the 
techniques authorised in the 
processing of specific food or feed 
products. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 177 
Article 13 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 13a 
Acceptable to separate food and 
feed 
Production rules for processed 
food 

IA issue. 
 
 
 
1. Operators producing processed 
 
food shall comply with the 
 
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production rules set out in Part IV 
of Annex II. 

 
 
2. In addition to the general 
 
production rules laid down in 
Article 7, the following rules shall 
apply to operators producing 
processed food: 

 
 
(a) the preparation of processed 
 
organic food shall be kept separate 
in time or space from that of non-
organic food; 

 
 
(b) the following conditions shall 
 
apply to the composition of 
organic processed food: 

 
 
(i) the product shall be produced 
 
mainly from ingredients of 
agricultural origin; for the 
purposes of determining whether a 
product is produced mainly from 
ingredients of agricultural origin, 
added water and cooking salt shall 
not be taken into account; 

 
 
(ii) only additives, processing aids, 
 
flavourings, water, salt, 
preparations of micro-organisms 
and enzymes, minerals, trace 
elements, vitamins, and amino 
acids and other micronutrients 
may be used, and only in so far as 

 
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they have been authorised for use 
in organic production in 
accordance with Article 19; 

 
 
(iii) non-organic agricultural 
 
ingredients may only be used if 
they have been authorised for use 
by a Member State; 

 
 
(iv) an organic ingredient shall not   
be present together with the same 
ingredient in non-organic form or 
an ingredient in conversion; 

 
 
(v) food produced from in-
 
conversion crops shall contain 
only one crop ingredient of 
agricultural origin. 

 
 
3. In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with 
this Regulation as regards organic 
processed food production and 
adaptation to technical 
developments, the Commission 
shall be empowered to adopt 
delegated acts in accordance with 
Article 36 supplementing the 
specific production rules for 
processed food as regards: 

 
 
(a) precautionary and preventive 
Consistency to be provided in 
measures to be taken; 
relation to precautionary measures 
throughout the text 
 
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(b) the composition and conditions   
of use of products and substances 
allowed for use in processed food, 
as laid down in point 2.2.2 of Part 
IV of Annex II; 

 
 
(c) the procedure for the 
 
authorisation of non-organic 
agricultural ingredients which 
may exceptionally be used for the 
production of organic processed 
products; 

 
 
(d) the rules for the calculation of 
 
the percentage of agricultural 
ingredients referred to in points 
(a)(i) and (b) of Article 21(3), as 
laid down in point 2.2.3 of Part IV 
of Annex II; 

 
 
(e) techniques used in food 
 
processing. 
Article 14 
Production rules for wine 
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1. 
Operators producing products 
1. 
Operators producing products  Commission proposal unchanged 
 
of the wine sector shall in particular 
of the wine sector shall in particular 
comply with the specific production 
comply with the specific 
rules set out in Part V of Annex II. 
production rules set out in Part V of 
Annex II. 
 
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Amendment 178 
Article 14 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, 
Not acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
DA is introduced by Amendment 
Regulation as regards organic wine 
this Regulation as regards 
this Regulation as regards organic 
178 
production and adaptation to 
organic wine production and 
wine production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with  with Article 36 supplementing the 
supplementing the specific wine 
Article 36 amending or 
specific wine production rules as 
production rules as regards 
supplementing the specific wine 
regards oenological practices and 
oenological practices and 
production rules as regards 
restrictions, as laid down in points 
restrictions. 
oenological practices and 
3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 of Part V of 
restrictions. 
Annex II. 
Amongst the oenological 
practices, processes and 
treatments provided for in 
Regulations (EU) No.1308/2013 
and 606/2009, the Commission 
shall by way of implementing 
acts, identify: 

 

the oenological 
 
GA text preferred 
practices, processes and 
treatments prohibited in 
the production of products 
of the wine sector; 

 
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the oenological 
 
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practices, processes and 
treatments permitted in the 
production of products of 
the wine sector, and the 
conditions of and 
restrictions to their use. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2).
 
Article 15 
Production rules for yeast used as 
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Acceptable 
food or feed 
1. 
Operators producing yeast to 
1. 
Operators producing yeast to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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be used as food or feed shall in 
be used as food or feed shall in 
particular comply with the specific 
particular comply with the specific 
production rules set out in Part VI of  production rules set out in Part VI 
Annex II. 
of Annex II. 
Amendment 179 
Article 15 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, 
Acceptable 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
traceability and compliance with 
Regulation as regards organic yeast 
this Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
production and adaptation to 
yeast production and adaptation to 
yeast production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
 
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technical developments, the 
technical developments, the 
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Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to  adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 supplementing the 
with Article 36 amending or 
with Article 36 amending or 
specific yeast production rules, as 
supplementing the specific yeast 
supplementing the specific yeast 
laid down in point 1.3 of Part VI 
production rules as regards the 
production rules for yeast as 
of Annex II. 
processing and the substrates used. 
regards the processing and the 
substrates used under point 1.3 of 
Part VI of Annex II

Article 16 
Production rules for other 
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products 
Absence of specific pProduction 
rules for other products 

Amendment 180 
Article 16 
In order to take account of any 
In order to take account of any 
Where this Regulation does not lay  Not acceptable  
future need to have specific 
future need to have specific 
down detailed production rules for  Formulation of GA is preferable as 
production rules for products other 
production rules for products 
certain animal species, certain 
GA is clarifying, from a legal point 
than those referred to in Articles 10  other than those referred to in 
aquatic plants and certain micro 
of view, the situation of these 
to 15, and in order to ensure 
Articles 10 to 15, and in order to 
algae, national rules or, in the 
products in the internal market. 
quality, traceability and compliance  ensure quality, traceability and 
absence thereof, private standards 
with this Regulation as regards 
compliance with this Regulation 
recognised by the Member States 
 
organic production of those 
as regards organic production of 
shall apply pending the inclusion 
Also, “private standards recognised 
additional other products and 
those additional other products 
of detailed production rules in this 
by member states “ may lead to 
adaptation to technical 
and adaptation to technical 
Regulation. Such national rules or  confusion as they become  
developments, the Commission 
developments, the Commission 
private standards shall be notified 
technical regulation 
shall be empowered to adopt 
shall be empowered to adopt 
to the Commission. The rules laid 
 
delegated acts in accordance with 
delegated acts in accordance with  down in Chapter IV in respect of 
 
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Article 36 amending or 
Article 36 amending or 
labelling, and in Chapter V in 
supplementing Annex II with 
supplementing Annex II with 
respect of controls and 
regard to specific production rules 
regard to specific production 
certification, shall apply 
for those products. 
rules for those products. 
accordingly. 
 
1. 
In the absence of specific 
 
GA text preferred 
production rules for plants, 
livestock, algae and aquaculture 
animals, operators shall comply 
with the principles laid down in 
Articles 4 to 6, with the general 
production rules laid down in 
Articles 7 to 9 and with the 
relevant requirements laid down 
in Parts I to III of Annex II. 

 
Until the implementing acts 
 
GA text preferred 
referred to in Article 10.4(a), 
Article 11.2b and Article 12.3a 
are adopted, Member States may 
apply national rules provided 
that these rules comply with this 
Regulation and in particular with 
Article 32. Notably, Member 
States shall not prohibit or 
restrict the marketing of organic 
products produced outside the 
territory of the Member State 
concerned. 

 
2. 
In the absence of 
 
GA text preferred 
 
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production rules for products 
listed in Annex I to TFEU or in 
Annex I to this Regulation not 
falling within the categories 
referred in Articles 10 to 15, 
operators shall comply with the 
principles laid down in Articles 4 
and 5, and mutatis mutandis
 with 
the principles in Article 6 and 
with the general production rules 
laid down in Articles 7 to 9. 

 
Taking into account the future 
 
GA text preferred 
need to have specific production 
rules for the purpose of achieving 
fair competition, a proper 
functioning of the internal 
market and consumer confidence 
in organic production, the 
Commission shall be empowered 
to adopt delegated acts, in 
accordance with Article 36, 
laying down production rules for 
products listed in Annex I to 
TFEU or in Annex I to this 
Regulation not falling within the 
categories referred to in Articles 
10 to 15. Those delegated acts 
have to be based on the principles 
of organic production laid down 
in Articles 4 to 6 and have to take 

 
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into account general production 
rules laid down in Articles 7 to 9 
and existing specific rules set out 
for similar products. They shall 
lay down general and specific 
requirements, concerning in 
particular allowed or prohibited 
treatments, practices, inputs or 
conversion. 

 
Until those delegated acts are 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted, Member States may 
apply national rules to the 
products referred to in the first 
subparagraph, provided that 
these rules comply with this 
Regulation and in particular with 
Article 32. Notably, Member 
States shall not prohibit or 
restrict the marketing of organic 
products produced outside the 
territory of the Member State 
concerned. 

Article 17 
Adoption of exceptional 
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production rules 
Amendment 181 
Article 17 
 
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1. 
In order To allow organic 
1. In order to allow organic 
Acceptable 
to continue or recommence in the 
production to continue or 
production to continue or 
To spell out the different 
event of catastrophic circumstances 
recommence in the event of 
recommence in the event of 
catastrophic circumstances , e.g to 
and subject to the principles laid 
catastrophic circumstances 
circumstances resulting from an 
include “plant and animal diseases, 
down in Chapter II, the 
deriving from an ‘adverse 
adverse climatic event, an animal 
environmental incident or natural 
Commission shall be empowered to 
climatic event’, animal disease, 
pandemic, a plant disease or pest, 
disaster…” 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
an ‘environmental incident’, a 
an environmental incident or a 
with Article 36 providing for the 
‘natural disaster’ or a 
natural disaster, competent 
 
criteria to qualify such situations as  ‘catastrophic event’ as defined 
authorities may grant individual 
Not Acceptable 
catastrophic and laying down 
respectively in points (h), (i), (j), 
authorisations for exceptions, 
In particular : 
specific rules on how to deal with 
(k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
subject to the following: 
them, on monitoring and on 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
“Competent authorities may grant 
reporting requirements. 
and subject to the principles laid 
individual authorisations for 
down in Chapter II, the 
exceptions …” 
Commission shall be empowered 
Competent authorities of MS shall 
to adopt delegated  implementing 
be responsible for authorising 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
exceptions on a case by case basis.  
providing for the criteria to 
qualify such situations as 

” Catastrophic” has been deleted. 
catastrophic and laying down 
Criteria are too broad. 
specific rules on how to deal with 
them such situationsand on 
Rationale: no level playing field for 
monitoring and on reporting 
operators and in contradiction with 
requirements. Those implementing 
the objective of harmonisation 
acts shall provide exceptions to 
the productions rules set out in 
this Regulation, for a limited 
period of time.
  
 
 
(a) derogations from the 
 
production rules laid down in this 
 
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principles laid down in Chapter II; 

 
 
(b) derogations as referred to in 
 
point (a) shall be kept to a 
minimum and, where appropriate, 
limited in time, and may only be 
provided for in the following 
cases: 

 
 
(i) where they are necessary in 
 
order to ensure that organic 
production can be initiated or 
maintained on holdings 
confronted with climatic, 
geographical or structural 
constraints; 

 
 
(ii) where they are necessary in 
 
order to ensure access to feed, seed 
and vegetative propagating 
material, live animals and other 
farm inputs, in circumstances 
where such inputs are not 
available on the market in organic 
form; 

 
 
(iii) where they are necessary in 
 
order to ensure access to 
ingredients of agricultural origin, 
in circumstances where such 
ingredients are not available on 
the market in organic form; 

 
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(iv) where they are necessary in 
 
order to solve specific problems 
related to the management of 
organic livestock; 

 
 
(e) where temporary measures are 
 
necessary in order to allow 
organic production to continue or 
recommence in the case of 
catastrophic circumstances. 

 
 
2. The Commission shall be 
 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
in accordance with Article 36 
laying down the criteria according 
to which situations are to be 
categorised as situations requiring 
exceptional production rules and 
rules on how to deal with them, as 
well as rules on monitoring and on 
reporting requirements, taking 
into account expertise from the 
organic sector. 

 
 
3. The competent authorities of the   
Member States shall be 
responsible for authorising 
exceptions on a case-by-case basis. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 

 
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to in Article 37(2). 
 
2. 
In cases where the Member 
 
GA text preferred 
State has formally recognised an 
event as a natural disaster as 
defined in point (k) of Article 2(1) 
of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
and this event makes it 
impossible to respect production 
rules laid down in this 
Regulation, Member States may 
take measures, subject to the 
principles laid down in Chapter 
II, that grant exceptions to these 
production rules for a limited 
period of time and until organic 
production can be re-established. 

Article 18 
Collection, packaging, transport 
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Acceptable 
and storage 
1. 
Organic products shall be 
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Acceptable 
collected, packaged, transported and 
stored in accordance with the rules 
set out in Annex III. 
Amendment 182 
Article 18 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure the integrity 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. In order to ensure the integrity of  Not acceptable 
 
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of organic production and adaptation  integrity of organic production and 
organic production and adaptation 
 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
to technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with 
with Article 36 supplementing the 
supplementing the rules set out in 
Article 36 amending or 
rules set out in points 2, 3, 4 and 6 
Annex III. 
supplementing the rules set out in 
of Annex III. 
points 2, 3 and 4 of Annex III.  
Article 19 
Authorisation of products and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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substances used in organic 
production
 
1. 
The Commission may 
1. 
The Commission may shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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authorise certain products and 
authorise certain products and 
substances for use in organic 
substances for use in organic 
production and include them in 
production and include them in 
restricted lists, for the following 
restricted lists, for the following 
purposes: 
purposes: 
Amendment 183 
Article 19 (1) (1) (a) 
(a) 
as plant protection 
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Not acceptable 
products; 
throughout the European Union 
Leads to confusion with active 
or in one or more of the zones 
substance used in plant protection 
defined in Annex I to Regulation 
product. Gives the impression that 
(EC) No 1107/2009; 
the final product needs to be 
authorised while the Ga’s intention 
 
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is to authorise the active substance 
Further clarification in the GA 
could be needed 
(b) 
as fertilisers, soil 
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conditioners and nutrients; 
(c) 
as feed materials; 
(c) 
as feed materials
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including non-organic feed 
material of plant or animal 
origin, or feed material of 
mineral origin

(d) 
as feed additives and 
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processing aids; 
Amendment 184 
Article 19 (1) (1) (d) (a) 
 
 
(da) as substances for use for the 
Not acceptable 
purposes of animal health other 
than those mentioned under points 
(d) and (e);
 
(e) 
as products for cleaning 
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and disinfection of ponds, 
cages, tanks, raceways, 
buildings and installations 
used for animal production; 
(f) 
as products for cleaning 
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and disinfection of buildings 
and installations used for plant 
production, including storage 
on an agricultural holding. 
Amendment 185 
Article 19 (1) (1) (f) (a) (new) 
 
 
(fa) as non-therapeutic medicines 
Not acceptable 
and products which contribute to 
Similar effect of hormones.  
animal health and animal welfare. 
Amendment 186 
Article 19 (1) (2) - introductory part 
In particular, the Commission 
1a. 
In particular addition, the 
In particular, the Commission shall 
Not acceptable 
may authorise certain products  Commission may authorise certain 
authorise certain products and 
Obligation is inadequate for such 
and substances for use in the 
products and substances for use in 
substances for use in the production  procedure. Products should only be 
production of organic 
the production of organic 
of organic processed food and 
authorised if they comply with the 
processed food and include 
processed organic food and of 
include them in restricted lists, for 
criteria in the Regulation. 
them in restricted lists, for the 
yeast used as food or feed and 
the following purposes: 
following purposes: 
include them in restricted lists, for 
the following purposes:  
Amendment 187 
Article 19 (1) (2) (a) 
(a) 
as food additives, food 
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(a) as food additives, food 
Not acceptable 
enzymes and processing aids; 
enzymes, processing aids, flavours,  Covered by GA, in its Annex II, 
preparations of micro-organisms, 
part IV, point 2.2.2 
minerals, trace elements, vitamins, 
amino acids and micro-nutrients
; 
 
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(aa)  as non-organic 
 
GA text preferred 
agricultural ingredients to 
be used for the production 
of organic processed food; 

(b) 
as processing aids for the  Commission proposal unchanged 
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production of yeast and yeast 
products. 
Amendment 188 
Article 19 (1) (2) (b) (a) (new) 
 
 
(ba) as products and substances 
Not acceptable 
for oenological practices; 
Wine is a processed food and 
covered by Art 19 1a(a) in the GA. 
“oenological practice” is not a 
function 
Amendment 189 
Article 19 (1) (2) (b) (b) (new) 
 
 
(bb) as products for cleaning and 
Acceptable 
disinfection in processing and 
But should be introduced in 1a(as a 
storage facilities. 
new c) 
2. 
The authorisation of the 
2. 
The authorisation of the 
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products and substances referred to 
products and substances referred to 
in the first subparagraph of 
in the first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1 for use in organic 
paragraph 1 for use in organic 
production shall be subject to the 
production shall be subject to the 
principles laid down in Chapter II 
principles laid down in Chapter II 
 
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and to the following criteria which 
and to the following criteria which 
shall be evaluated as a whole: 
shall be evaluated as a whole: 
(a) 
their use is necessary for 
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sustained production and 
essential for its intended use; 
(b) 
all products and 
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Acceptable 
substances are of plant, 
animal, microbial or mineral 
origin, except where products 
or substances from such 
sources are not available in 
sufficient quantities or 
qualities or if alternatives are 
not available; 
(c) 
in the case of products 
(c) 
in the case of products 
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referred to in point (a) of the 
referred to in point (a) of the 
first subparagraph of 
first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1, the following 
paragraph 1, the following 
shall apply: 
shall apply: 
(i) 
their use is 
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Acceptable 
essential for the control of 
a pest for which other 
biological, physical or 
breeding alternatives or 
cultivation practices or 
other effective 
management practices are 
 
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not available; 
(ii) 
if products are not 
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Acceptable 
of plant, animal, microbial 
or mineral origin and are 
not identical to their 
natural form, they may be 
authorised only if their 
conditions for use 
preclude any direct 
contact with the edible 
parts of the crop; 
Amendment 190 
Article 19 (2) (1) (c) (ii) (a) (new) 
 
 
(iia) zonal authorisation of 
Not acceptable  
products is possible only if, 
See Amendment 183 
through a reduction in the use of 
other products and substances, a 
positive ecological effect can be 
achieved and, otherwise, an 
unacceptable deterioration in 
traditionally organic-quality crops 
in the zone concerned is likely;
 
(d) 
in the case of products 
(d)  in the case of products 
 
GA text preferred 
referred to in point (b) of the 
referred to in point (b) of the 
first subparagraph of 
first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1, their use is 
paragraph 1, their use is 
essential for obtaining or 
essential for obtaining or 
maintaining the fertility of the 
maintaining the fertility of 
 
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soil or to fulfil specific 
the soil or to fulfil specific 
nutrition requirements of 
nutrition requirements of 
crops, or for specific soil-
crops, or for specific soil-
conditioning purposes 
conditioning purposes; 
Amendment 191 
Article 19 (2) (1) (e) - introductory part 
(e) 
in the case of products 
(e) 
in the case of products 
(e) in the case of products referred 
Not acceptable 
referred to in points (c) and (d) 
referred to in points (c) and 
to in points (c)(d) and (da) of the 
Linked to Amendment 184 
of the first subparagraph of 
(d) of the first 
first subparagraph of paragraph 1, 
paragraph 1, the following 
subparagraph of paragraph 
the following shall apply: 
shall apply: 
1, the following shall apply: 
(i) 
their use is 
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Acceptable 
necessary to maintain 
animal health, animal 
welfare and vitality and 
contribute to an 
appropriate diet fulfilling 
the physiological and 
behavioral needs of the 
species concerned or their 
use is necessary to 
produce or preserve feed 
because the production or 
preservation of feed is not 
possible without having 
recourse to such 
substances; 
 
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(ii) 
feed of mineral 
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Acceptable 
origin, trace elements, 
vitamins or provitamins 
shall be of natural origin, 
except where products or 
substances from such 
sources are not available 
in sufficient quantities or 
qualities or if alternatives 
are not available. 
 
(iia) 
the use of non-
 
GA text preferred 
organic feed material of 
plant or animal origin 
may be authorised only 
when feed material of 
plant or animal origin 
produced in accordance 
with organic production 
rules is not available in 
sufficient quantity. 

The authorisation of the products 
2a.  The authorisation of the 
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and substances referred to in the 
products and substances referred to 
second subparagraph of paragraph 1 
in the second subparagraph of 
for use in the production of organic 
paragraph 1a for use in the 
processed food shall be subject to 
production of organic processed 
the principles laid down in Chapter 
organic food and of yeast used as 
II and to the following criteria which  food or feed shall be subject to the 
shall be evaluated as a whole: 
principles laid down in Chapter II 
and to the following criteria which 
 
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shall be evaluated as a whole: 
Amendment 192 
Article 19 (2) (2) (a) 
(a) 
alternatives authorised 
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(a) alternative substances 
Not acceptable  
in accordance with this Article 
authorised in accordance with this 
The EP amendment could limit 
are not available; 
Article or technologies compliant 
emerging technologies which are 
with this Regulation are not 
not covered by the regulation. 
available; 
(b) 
it would be impossible to  Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
produce or preserve the food 
or to fulfil given dietary 
requirements provided for on 
the basis of the Union 
legislation, without having 
recourse to those products and 
substances; 
(c) 
they are to be found in 
(c) 
they are to be found in 
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nature and may have 
nature and may have 
undergone only mechanical, 
undergone only mechanical, 
physical, biological, enzymatic 
physical, biological, 
or microbial processes, except 
enzymatic or microbial 
where products and substances 
processes, except where 
from such sources are not 
products and substances from 
available in sufficient 
such sources are not available 
quantities or qualities. 
in sufficient quantities or 
qualities.; 
 
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(ca)  the organic ingredient 
 
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is not available in sufficient 
quantity. 

Amendment 193 
Article 19 (2) (3) 
The authorisation of the use of 
2b 
The authorisation of the use 
The authorisation of products and 
Partly acceptable 
chemically synthesised products or 
of chemically synthesised products 
substances not covered by point (f)  To be clarified 
substances shall be strictly limited 
or substances referred to in 
of Article 4 shall be strictly limited 
What means “other substances not 
to cases where the use of external 
paragraphs 1 and 1a shall be 
to cases where the use of external 
covered by Art4(f)”, apart from 
inputs referred to in Article 4(f) 
strictly limited to cases where the 
inputs referred to in point (f) of 
would contribute to unacceptable 
use of external inputs referred to in 
Article 4 would contribute to 
chemically synthetised products or 
environmental impacts. 
Article 4(f) would contribute to 
unacceptable impacts on the 
substances? 
unacceptable environmental 
environment, animal or human 
In addition, the para should stop at 
impacts. 
health or product quality. 
then end after “…environment”.  
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
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traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
production in general and the 
production in general and the 
production of processed organic 
production of processed organic 
food in particular, and adaptation to 
food in particular, and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 providing for 
with Article 36 providing for 
additional criteria for the 
additional criteria additional to 
authorisation or withdrawal of the 
those referred to in paragraphs 2 
authorisation of products and 
and 2a for the authorisation or 
substances referred to in paragraph 1  withdrawal of the authorisation of 
 
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for use in organic production in 
products and substances referred to 
general and in the production of 
in paragraphs 1 and 1a for use in 
organic processed food in particular, 
organic production in general and 
and other requirements and 
in the production of organic 
conditions for the use of such 
processed organic food in 
authorised products and substances. 
particular, and other requirements 
and conditions for the use of such 
authorised products and 
substances
 
4. 
Where a Member State 
4. 
Where a Member State 
 
GA text preferred 
considers that a product or substance  considers that a product or 
should be added to, or withdrawn 
substance should be added to, or 
from the lists of authorised products 
withdrawn from the lists of 
and substances referred to in 
authorised products and substances 
paragraph 1, or that the 
referred to in paragraphs 1 and 1a
specifications of use mentioned in 
or that the specifications of use 
the production rules should be 
mentioned in the production rules 
amended, the Member State 
should be amended, the Member 
concerned shall ensure that a dossier 
State concerned shall ensure that a 
giving the reasons for the inclusion, 
dossier giving the reasons for the 
withdrawal or amendments is sent 
inclusion, withdrawal or 
officially to the Commission and to 
amendments is sent officially to the 
the other Member States. 
Commission and to the other 
Member States. 
 
 
Amendment 194 
Article 19 (4) (2) 
 
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Requests for amendment or 
Requests for amendment or 
The dossier in respect of 
Not acceptable 
withdrawal shall be published by 
withdrawal shall be published by 
amendment or withdrawal shall be 
Dosiers contain commercial 
Member States. 
the Commission Member States
published by Member States and by  confidential data. 
the Commission. 
What is the benefit of publishing 
the dossier.  
Risk of having different updates of 
the file. 
Amendment 195 
Article 19 (4) (a) (new) 
 
 
4a. The Commission shall review 
Not acceptable 
the lists referred to in paragraph 1 
Unrealistic. Need to have risk 
every four years. 
assessment.  
Better to use resources to analyse 
new substances and tecnhics. 
Should stay as an ongoing process 
Amendment 196 
Article 19 (5) 
5. 
The Commission shall adopt 
5. 
The Commission shall adopt 
5. The Commission shall be 
Not acceptable 
implementing acts authorising or 
implementing acts authorising or 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
withdrawing the authorisation of 
withdrawing the authorisation of 
in accordance with Article 36 
products and substances that may be 
products and substances referred 
authorising or withdrawing the 
used in organic production in general  to in paragraphs 1 and 1a that 
authorisation of products and 
and products and substances that 
may be used in organic production 
substances that may be used in 
may be used in the production of 
in general and products and 
organic production in general and 
processed organic food in particular, 
substances that may be used in 
products and substances that may 
and establishing the procedures to be  the production of processed organic  be used in the production of 
 
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followed for the authorisation and 
food in particular, and establishing 
processed organic food in 
the lists of those products and 
the procedures to be followed for 
particular, and establishing the 
substances and, where appropriate, 
the authorisation and the lists of 
procedures to be followed for the 
their description, compositional 
those products and substances and, 
authorisation and the lists of those 
requirements and conditions for use. 
where appropriate, their 
products and substances and, where 
Those implementing acts shall be 
description, compositional 
appropriate, their description, 
adopted in accordance with the 
requirements and conditions for 
compositional requirements and 
examination procedure referred to 
use. Those implementing acts shall 
conditions for use. 
in Article 37(2). 
be adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2). 
Article 20 
Article 20 
 
 
Amendment 197 
Article 20 
Presence of non-authorised 
Presence of non-authorised 
deleted 
Acceptable 
products or substances 
products or substances 
 
1. 
Products in which the 
1. 
Products in which the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
presence of products or substances 
presence of products or 
that have not been authorised in 
substances that have not been 
accordance with Article 19 is 
authorised in accordance with 
detected beyond the levels 
Article 19 is detected beyond the 
established taking account in 
levels established taking account 
particular of Directive 
in particular of Directive 
2006/125/EC, shall not be marketed  2006/125/EC, shall not be 
as organic. 

marketed as organic. 
 
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2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
 
transparency of the organic 
transparency of the organic 
production and labelling system, 
production and labelling system, 
the Commission shall be 
the Commission shall be 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
empowered to adopt delegated 
in accordance with Article 36 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
regarding the specific criteria and 
regarding the specific criteria 
conditions for the application of the  and conditions for the application 
levels referred to in paragraph 1 

of the levels referred to in 
and regarding the establishment of 
paragraph 1 and regarding the 
those levels and their adaptation in 
establishment of those levels and 
the light of technical developments. 
their adaptation in the light of 
technical developments. 

3. 
By way of derogation from 
3. 
By way of derogation from 
deleted 
Acceptable 
Article 211(1) of Regulation (EU) 
Article 211(1) of Regulation (EU) 
No 1308/2013, and subject to an 
No 1308/2013, and subject to an 
authorization by the Commission 
authorization by the Commission 
adopted without applying the 
adopted without applying the 
procedure referred to in Article 
procedure referred to in Article 
37(2) or (3) of this Regulation, 
37(2) or (3) of this Regulation, 
Member States may grant national 
Member States may grant 
payments to compensate farmers 
national payments to compensate 
for the losses they have incurred 
farmers for the losses they have 
due to the contamination of their 
incurred due to the 
agricultural products by non-
contamination of their 
authorised products or substances 
agricultural products by non-
which prevents them from 
authorised products or 
marketing those products as 
substances which prevents them 
organic provided that the farmers 
from marketing those products as 
 
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have taken all appropriate 
organic provided that the 
measures to prevent the risk of such  farmers have taken all 
contamination. Member States may 

appropriate measures to prevent 
also use the instruments of the 
the risk of such contamination. 
Common Agricultural Policy to 
Member States may also use the 
cover totally or partially such 
instruments of the Common 
losses. 
Agricultural Policy to cover 
totally or partially such losses. 

Amendment 198 
Article 20 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 20a 
Not acceptable 
Precautionary measures to be 
Already covered in GA (via IA, in 
taken to prevent non-compliance 
Art 26e(3)), to establish measures 
with this Regulation 
to avoid the risk of contamination 
Precautionary measures should be 
proactive and not be taken in case 
of suspicion only. 
The content of (4) and (5) goes 
against harmonisation 
 
 
1. In order to ensure compliance 
 
with this Regulation, operators 
shall take all necessary 
precautionary measures in order 
to avoid the presence of non-
authorised processes, products or 
substances in organic production.
 
 
 
2. In particular, where an operator   
 
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suspects that a process, product or 
substance which has been sourced, 
produced or prepared for use in 
organic farming does not comply 
with this Regulation, that operator 
shall:
 
 
 
(a) separate and identify the 
 
product; 
 
 
(b) set up a system appropriate to 
 
the type and size of the operation 
for the purpose of verification and 
assessment, following procedures 
based on a systematic 
identification of critical 
procedural steps;
 
 
 
(c) if the operator concludes, after 
 
having carried out the assessment 
provided for in point (b), that the 
suspicion of non-compliance is 
substantiated, the operator shall 
withdraw the product from the 
market and discontinue its 
processing. The operator shall 
immediately inform the competent 
authorities or control body about 
his findings.
 
 
 
3. The following measures shall be   
taken by competent authorities, 
control bodies and authorities:
 
 
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(a) in the event that a control 
 
authority or a control body: 
 
 
– detects the presence of a non-
 
authorised process, product or 
substance in organic production, 
or
 
 
 
– receives from an operator 
 
reliable information concerning a 
suspicion concluded as having 
been substantiated in accordance 
with point (c) of paragraph 2, or
 
– is informed that an operator 

 
 
 
intends to place on the market a 
product which is not in 
compliance with the organic 
production rules but which bears a 
reference to the organic 
production method, 

 
 
the control authority or control 
 
body concerned shall prohibit the 
placing of the product on the 
market with an indication 
referring to the organic production 
method until it is satisfied that the 
suspicion or non-compliance has 
been eliminated;
 
 
 
(b) the control authority or control   
body shall eliminate the suspicion 
of non-compliance or confirm that 

 
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suspicion and the prohibition of 
marketing as soon as possible, 
taking into account the durability 
of the product and in any case 
within two months. In such a case, 
the operator concerned shall 
cooperate fully with the control 
body or authority. Before 
confirming a suspicion of non-
compliance, the control authority 
or control body shall allow the 
operator to comment on its 
findings;
 
 
 
(c) where the non-compliance is 
 
confirmed, Article 26a shall apply; 
 
 
(d) where the non-compliance is 
 
not confirmed within the period of 
time laid down under point (b), the 
decision taken pursuant thereto 
shall be revoked not later than at 
the expiry of that period of time. 

 
 
4. In order to avoid adventitious 
“Member States shall establish 
contamination with non-
precautionary measures” goes 
authorised products or substances 
against harmonisation 
as a result of non-organic farming 
practices or other non-organic 
practices in processing, 
preparation and distribution, 
which are beyond the control of 
organic operators, Member States 

 
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shall establish precautionary 
measures. 

 
 
5. Where control authorities, 
Member States shall take adequate 
control bodies and competent 
precautionary measures against 
authorities have identified specific 
those risks” goes against 
risks of non-compliance with this 
harmonisation 
Regulation or specific risks of 
adventitious contamination of 
organic products in certain sectors 
of organic production, Member 
States shall take adequate 
precautionary measures against 
those risks. 

Amendment 199 
Article 20 (b) (new) 
 
 
Article 20b 
Not acceptable except definition of 
avoidable (the same definition is 
Causes of contamination with 
included in Art 26e(1a) of GA) 
plant protection products and 
responsibilities of competent 

Rationale: the narrowing of the 
authorities, control authorities and  scope to plant protection products 
control bodies 
is not acceptable. 
Competent Authority should not 
only receive information but be 
proactive to detects possible 
contamination. 
No reference to Art 7 
Ref to “repetitive contamination” 
 
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broadens the possibilites for 
marketing contaminated products 
IA (in the GA, Art 26e(3)) have 
been changed into DA (CA 10, Art 
20b, para 4).  
IA is justified because the intention 
is to introduce rules to be applied 
uniformly (methodologies, 
procedures, details of database…). 
 
 
1. In the event that a control 
 
authority or a control body detecs 
the presence of plant protection 
products which are non-compliant 
with Article 19, or receives reliable 
information concerning such 
presence, it shall carry out an 
appropriate investigation into the 
cause of the contamination. Such 
investigations must categorise the 
contamination in one of the 
following three categories: 

 
 
(a) technically unavoidable; 
 
 
 
(b) technically avoidable; 
 
 
 
(c) deliberate or repetitive 
 
contamination which is technically 
avoidable. 

 
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A contamination shall be 
 
considered as avoidable when the 
operator: 

 
 
– has not put in place or 
 
maintained appropriate, 
proportionate measures to identify 
and avoid the risks of 
contamination of organic products 
with non-authorised products and 
substances; or 

 
 
– has not regularly reviewed and 
 
adjusted such appropriate 
measures, while the risk for 
contamination has clearly been 
perceptible; or 

 
 
– has not taken appropriate 
 
measures pursuant to previous 
requests from the competent 
authorities or, as the case may be, 
from the control authority or 
control body, to take steps to avoid 
contamination; or 

 
 
– has not complied with relevant 
 
requirements of this Regulation or 
has otherwise failed to take 
necessary steps in the production 
process to avoid contamination. 

 
 
2. Products potentially 
 
contaminated with plant protection 
 
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products as referred to in point (a) 
of the first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1 may be considered as 
marketable after examination by 
competent authorities. 

 
 
Potentiall contamination as 
 
referred to in point (b) of the first 
subparagraph of paragraph 1 shall 
be investigated by the control 
authority or control body with 
regard to the nature of the 
circumstances which have led to 
the contamination, in accordance 
with the procedures laid down in 
Article 20a. 

 
 
3. In cases of contamination as 
 
referred to in point (c) of the first 
subparagraph of paragraph 1, the 
competent authority, control 
authority or control body shall 
prohibit the operator concerned 
from placing on the market 
products bearing any reference, in 
the labelling and advertising 
thereof, to the organic production 
method. 

 
 
Any production areas or products 
 
affected by the non-authorised 
plant protection products must 
undergo a new conversion period 

 
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as referred to in Article 8 running 
from the date of application of the 
non-authorised plant protection 
products or, if that date is not 
verifiable, from the date of 
detection. This applies without 
prejudice to any sanctions that 
may be imposed. 

 
 
4. In order to provide for the best 
 
means of detecting and 
documenting non-compliance with 
this Regulation, the Commission 
shall be empowered to adopt 
delegated acts in accordance with 
Article 36 concerning: 

 
 
– the methodology to be used in 
 
order to detect and evaluate the 
presence of plant protection 
products which do not comply with 
this Regulation, and specifically 
with Article 19;  

 
 
– the procedures to be followed; 
 
 
 
– the details to be documented in a   
common database on non-
compliance with this Regulation, 
including findings of residues of 
non-authorised plant protection 
products. 

 
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Article 20 (c) (new) (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 20c 
Not acceptable 
Database on non-compliance with 
In particular, to make available the 
this Regulation and database on 
content of the data bases to 
findings of non-authorised plant 
operators. 
protection products 
GA already foresees an obligation 
for MS to provide detailed 
information to the COM (Art. 
26e(2); (nature of contamination, 
source, level, volume…))  
 
 
The Commission shall establish a 
The concept of “risk based 
database on cases of non-
approach” is unclear here. 
compliance with this Regulation, 
based on national databases 
established by Member States. 
Those databases shall be used to 
facilitate the formulation of best 
practices to avoid contamination. 
In collecting the data, the Member 
States and the Commission shall 
apply a risk-based approach 
revealing the reasons for, and 
categories of, non-compliance or 
contamination as laid down in 
points (a), (b) and (c) of the first 
subparagraph of Article 20b(1). 
The databases shall be accessible 
to operators, control bodies, the 

 
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control authority and competent 
authorities. Member States shall 
provide an annual report to the 
Commission. 

 
 
A database of analyses carried out 
 
by control bodies and control 
authorities, including the detection 
of non-authorised plant protection 
products, shall be established by 
Member States. The database shall 
be accessible to operators, control 
bodies, control and competent 
authorities. Member States shall 
report on an annual basis to the 
Commission on the findings 
collected in their national 
database. 

Chapter IV 
Labelling 
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Article 21 
Use of terms referring to organic 
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production 
Amendment 201 
Article 21 (1) 
1. 
For the purposes of this 
1. 
For the purposes of this 
1. For the purposes of this 
Clarification with EP needed 
Regulation, a product shall be 
Regulation, a product shall be 
Regulation, a product shall be 
The insertion of the last sentence 
 
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regarded as bearing terms referring 
regarded as bearing terms referring 
regarded as bearing terms referring 
might need further consideration 
to organic production where, in the 
to organic production where, in the 
to organic production where, in the 
(although it seems that its content is 
labelling, advertising material or 
labelling, advertising material or 
labelling, advertising material or 
already covered by Art 21(1)) 
commercial documents, such a 
commercial documents, such a 
commercial documents, such a 
 
product, its ingredients or feed 
product, its ingredients or feed 
product, its ingredients, feed 
materials are described in terms 
materials are described in terms 
materials or any input part of the 
suggesting to the purchaser that the 
suggesting to the purchaser that the 
chain of the organic product, are 
product, its ingredients or feed 
product, its ingredients or feed 
described in terms suggesting to the 
materials have been obtained in 
materials have been obtained in 
purchaser that the product, its 
accordance with this Regulation. In 
accordance with this Regulation. In 
ingredients, feed materials or any 
particular, the terms listed in Annex 
particular, the terms listed in Annex  part of the chain of the organic 
IV, their derivatives or diminutives, 
IV, their derivatives or diminutives,  product, have been obtained in 
such as ‘bio’ and ‘eco’, alone or 
such as ‘bio’ and ‘eco’, alone or 
accordance or in compliance with 
combined, may be used throughout 
combined, may be used throughout 
this Regulation. In particular, the 
the Union and in any language listed  the Union and in any language 
terms listed in Annex IV or their 
in that Annex for the labelling and 
listed in that Annex for the 
equivalents in other languages 
advertising of products which 
labelling and advertising of 
which are not official languages of 
comply with this Regulation. 
products referred to in Article 
the Union but the status of which 
2(1) which comply with this 
is officially recognised by the 
Regulation. 
constitution of a Member State
their derivatives or diminutives, 
such as ‘bio' and 'eco', alone or 
combined, may be used throughout 
the Union and in any language 
listed in that Annex for the 
labelling and advertising of 
products referred to in Article 2(1) 
which comply with this Regulation. 
In the labelling and advertising of 
live or unprocessed agricultural 
products, terms referring to the 

 
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organic production method may be 
used only where, in addition, the 
entire product has also been 
produced in accordance with the 
requirements laid down in this 
Regulation.
 
2. 
For the products referred to in 
2. 
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GA text preferred 
Article 2(1),the terms referred to in 
Article 2(1),the terms referred to in 
paragraph 1 of this Article shall not 
paragraph 1 of this Article shall not 
be used anywhere in the Union, in 
be used anywhere in the Union, in 
any language listed in Annex IV, for 
any language listed in Annex IV, 
the labelling, advertising and 
for the labelling, advertising and 
commercial documents of a product 
commercial documents of a product 
which does not comply with this 
which does not comply with this 
Regulation. 
Regulation 
Furthermore, any terms, including 
Furthermore, any terms, including 
terms used in trademarks, or 
terms used in trademarks or 
practices used in labelling or 
company names, or practices used 
advertising liable to mislead the 
in labelling or advertising liable to 
consumer or user by suggesting that 
mislead the consumer or user by 
a product or its ingredients comply 
suggesting that a product or its 
with this Regulation shall not be 
ingredients comply with this 
used. 
Regulation shall not be used. 
 
2a. 
Products of plant origin 
 
GA text preferred 
produced during the conversion 
period in compliance with Article 
8(4) sub-paragraph 2 may be 
labelled as in-conversion 

 
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2b.  The terms referred to in 
 
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paragraph 1 and 2a shall not be 
used for a product for which it 
has to be indicated in the 
labelling or advertising that it 
contains GMOs, consists of 
GMOs or is produced from 
GMOs according to Union law. 

Amendment 202 
Article 21 (2) (a) (new) 
 
 
2a. As regards products and 
Not acceptable 
substances used in crop 
would prevent products to be 
production as plant protection 
labelled as “product authorised to 
products, fertilisers, soil 
be used in organic production”.  
conditioners and nutrients, the 
terms referred to in paragraph 1 of  
And would regulate products not 
this Article shall not be used 
falling within the scope of this 
anywhere in the Union, in any 
Regulation  
language listed in Annex IV, for 
If inputs are not covered by the 
the labelling, advertising and 
scope (eg fertilisers), then they can 
commercial documents. 
not be covered by this Article 
Amendment 203 
Article 21 (3) (1) - introductory part 
3. 
As regards processed food, the  Commission proposal unchanged 
3. As regards processed food, the 
Not acceptable 
terms referred to in paragraph 1 may 
terms referred to in paragraph 1 
Cannot force operators to use the 
shall be used: 
 
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(a) 
in the sales description, 
(a) 
in the sales description
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provided that: 
and in the list of ingredients 
provided that: 
(i) 
the processed food 
(i) the processed food 
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GA text preferred 
complies with the 
complies with the 
production rules set out in 
production rules set out in 
Part IV of Annex II; 
Part IV of Annex II and 
with the specific rules 
laid down in accordance 
with Article 13(2b)

(ii) 
at least 95% by 
(ii) 
at least 95% by 
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weight of its agricultural 
weight of its agricultural 
ingredients are organic; 
ingredients are organic;. 
Amendment 204 
Article 21 (3) (1) (b) 
(b)  only in the list of 
(b)  only in the list of 
(b) only in the list of ingredients, 
Not acceptable 
ingredients, where less than 
ingredients, provided that: 
where less than 95% of agricultural 
Because in this section (less than 
95% of agricultural 
ingredients are organic and 
95% of agric ingredients are 
ingredients are organic and 
provided that the food in question 
organic), the food therefore can not 
provided that those 
complies with the production rules 
comply with all provisions of the 
ingredients comply with the 
set out in this Regulation. 
Regulation. 
production rules set out in this 
Regulation. 
But the food should comply with 
some requirements (see GA Art 21 
3 (b) (ii)) 
 
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(i) where less than 95% by   
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weight of agricultural 
ingredients are organic 
and provided that those 
ingredients comply with 
the production rules set 
out in this Regulation.; 
 
(ii) 
the processed 
 
GA text preferred 
food complies with the 
production rules set out 
in points 1.5, 2.1(a), 
2.2.1, and 2.1(c) of Part 
IV of Annex II and with 
the specific rules laid 
down in accordance with 
Article 13(2b); 

 
(ba)  in the sales description   
GA text preferred 
and in the list of ingredients 
provided that: 

 
(i) the main ingredient is 
 
GA text preferred 
a product of hunting or 
fishing; 

 
(ii) 
the term 
 
GA text preferred 
referred to in paragraph 
1 is clearly related in the 
sales description to 
another ingredient which 

 
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is organic and different 
from the main 
ingredient; 

 
(iii) 
all other 
 
GA text preferred 
agricultural ingredients 
are organic; 

 
(iv) 
the food 
 
GA text preferred 
complies with points 1.5, 
2.1(a), 2.1(b), and 2.1(c) 
of part IV of Annex II. 

The list of ingredients referred to in 
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GA text preferred 
point (b) of the first subparagraph 
points (a), (b) and (ba) of the first 
shall indicate which ingredients are 
subparagraph shall indicate which 
organic. The references to organic 
ingredients are organic. The 
production may only appear in 
references to organic production 
relation to the organic ingredients. 
may only appear in relation to the 
That list of ingredients shall include 
organic ingredients.  
an indication of the total percentage 
of organic ingredients in proportion 
That The list of ingredients 
to the total quantity of agricultural 
referred to in points (b) and (ba) 
ingredients. 
of the first subparagraph shall 
include an indication of the total 
percentage of organic ingredients in 
proportion to the total quantity of 
agricultural ingredients.  
The terms referred to in paragraph 1 
The terms referred to in paragraph 1  Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
and the indication of the percentage 
used in the list of ingredients  
referred to in point (b) of the first 
referred to in points (a), (b), and 
 
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subparagraph of this paragraph shall 
(ba) of the first subparagraph as 
appear in the same colour, identical 
well as and the indication of the 
size and style of lettering as the 
percentage referred to in points (b) 
other indications in the list of 
and (ba) of the first subparagraph 
ingredients. 
of this paragraph shall appear in 
the same colour, identical size and 
style of lettering as the other 
indications in the list of ingredients. 
Amendment 205 
Article 21 (3) (3) (a) (new) 
 
 
As regards plant varieties, the 
Not acceptable 
terms referred to in paragraph 1 
Unecessary burden for the 
may be used in the sales 
operators 
description, provided that:  
Should have only one term for all. 
 
 
(a) the breed complies with the 
 
production rules set out in point 
1.4 of Part I of Annex II; and 

 
 
(b) the term "organic breed" is 
 
used. 
 
3a. 
As regards processed feed, 
 
GA text preferred 
the terms referred to in 
paragraph 1 may be used in the 
sales description and in the list of 
ingredients provided that: 

 
(a)  the processed feed 
 
GA text preferred 
complies with the 
 
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production rules set out in 
Parts II, III and IV of 
Annex II and with the 
specific rules laid down in 
accordance with Article 
13(2b); 

 
(b)  all ingredients of 
 
GA text preferred 
agricultural origin 
contained in the processed 
feed are organic; 

 
(c) 
at least 95% of the 
 
GA text preferred 
product's dry matter are 
organic. 

Amendment 206 
Article 21 (4) 
4. 
In order to provide clarity for 
4. 
In order to provide clarity for 
4. In order to provide clarity for 
Acceptable 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
communicated to them, the 
communicated to them, the 
communicated to them, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to  Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 concerning 
with Article 36 concerning 
with Article 36 concerning 
adaptation of the list of terms set out 
adaptation of the list of terms set 
adaptation of the list of terms set 
in Annex IV, taking into account 
out in Annex IV, taking into 
out in Annex IV, taking into 
linguistic developments within the 
account linguistic developments 
account linguistic developments 
Member States and concerning the 
within the Member States and 
within the Member States. 
establishment of specific labelling 
concerning the establishment of 
 
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and compositional requirements 
specific labelling and 
applicable to feed and ingredients 
compositional requirements 
thereof. 
applicable to feed and ingredients 
thereof

 
4a. 
The Commission shall 
 
GA text preferred 
adopt implementing acts to set 
specific rules on the application 
of paragraph 2a. Those 
implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2).
 
Article 22 
Compulsory indications 
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Acceptable 
1. 
Where terms as referred to in 
1. 
Where products bear terms 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
Article 21(1) are used: 
as referred to in Article 21(1) or 
are labelled as in conversion
 are 
used in accordance to Article 
21(2a): 

(a) 
the code number of the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
control authority or control 
body to which the operator 
who has carried out the last 
production or preparation 
operation is subject, shall also 
appear in the labelling; 
 
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the organic production 
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GA text preferred 
logo of the European Union 
logo of the European Union 
referred to in Article 23 as 
referred to in Article 23 as 
regards pre-packed food as 
regards pre-packed food as 
defined in point (e) of Article 
defined in point (e) of Article 
2(2) of Regulation (EU) No 
2(2) of Regulation (EU) No 
1169/2011 shall also appear on 
1169/2011 shall also appear 
the packaging. 
on the packaging except in 
cases referred to in 
Article 21 (2a), (3)(b) and 
(ba)

Amendment 207 
Article 22 (2) (1) introductory part 
2. 
Where the organic production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
With the exception of products 
Not acceptable 
logo of the European Union is used, 
from the wine sector as referred to 
 
an indication of the place where the 
in point (l) of Article 1(2) of 
agricultural raw materials of which 
Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, 
No reason to specify this sector 
the product is composed have been 
where the organic production logo 
specifically as it could apply to 
farmed shall also appear in the same 
of the European Union is used, an 
other sectors too 
visual field as the logo and shall take 
indication of the place where the 
 
one of the following forms, as 
agricultural raw materials of which 
Clarification required with EP 
appropriate: 
the product is composed have been 
farmed shall also appear in the 
 
same visual field as the logo and 
shall take one of the following 
forms, as appropriate: 
(a) 
‘EU Agriculture’, where  Commission proposal unchanged 
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the agricultural raw material 
 
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(b) 
‘non-EU Agriculture’, 
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where the agricultural raw 
material has been farmed in 
third countries; 
(c) 
‘EU/non-EU 
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Acceptable 
Agriculture’, where a part of 
the agricultural raw materials 
has been farmed in the Union 
and a part of it has been 
farmed in a third country. 
The word ‘Agriculture’ may be 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
replaced by ‘Aquaculture’ where 
appropriate. 
Amendment 208 
Article 22 (2) (3) 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
Commission proposal unchanged 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
Not acceptable  
may be replaced or supplemented by 
may be supplemented by the name 
Difficulty to define the term 
the name of a country if all 
of a country or region if all 
“region”  
agricultural raw materials of which 
agricultural raw materials of which 
the product is composed have been 
the product is composed have been 
Would take off some information 
farmed in that country. 
farmed in that country or region. 
for the consumer who does not 
know this region. 
For the indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
For the indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-
 
GA text preferred 
small quantities by weight of 
EU’ or of the name of the country 
ingredients may be disregarded 
as referred to in subparagraph 3, 
 
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provided that the total quantity of the  small quantities by weight of 
disregarded ingredients does not 
ingredients may be disregarded 
exceed 5% of the total quantity by 
provided that the total quantity of 
weight of agricultural raw materials. 
the disregarded ingredients does not 
exceed 25% of the total quantity by 
weight of agricultural raw 
materials. 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
 
GA text preferred 
shall not appear in a colour, size and 
shall not appear in a colour, size 
style of lettering more prominent 
and style of lettering more 
than the name of the food. 
prominent than the name of the 
food product
Amendment 209 
Article 22 (3) 
3. 
The indications referred to in 
Commission proposal unchanged 
3. The indications referred to in 
Not acceptable 
paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article 
paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article 
“Marked” is wider and prefered as 
and in Article 23(3) shall be marked 
and in Article 23(3) shall be printed  not all labellings are printed.  
in a conspicuous place in such a way 
in a conspicuous place in such a 
as to be easily visible, clearly legible 
way as to be easily visible and 
Not necessary as already covered 
and indelible
clearly legible, and shall not 
by Art 13(2) of Reg 1169/2011 
obscure the mandatory indications 
laid down in Article 9(1) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011
. 
4. 
In order to provide clarity for 
4. 
In order to provide clarity 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
consumers and to ensure that the 
for consumers and to ensure that 
appropriate information is 
the appropriate information is 
communicated to them, the 
communicated to them, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered 
 
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adopt delegated acts in accordance 
to adopt delegated acts in 
with Article 36 laying down further 
accordance with Article 36 laying 
rules on labelling and the use of the 
down further rules on labelling 
indications referred to in point (a) of 
and the use of the indications 
paragraph 1 and in paragraph 2 of 
referred to in point (a) of 
this Article and in Article 23(3). 
paragraph 1 and in paragraph 2 
of this Article and in Article 
23(3). 

5. 
The Commission shall adopt 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
implementing acts relating to the 
following: 
(a) 
specific and practical 
(a) 
practical modalities as 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
modalities as regards the 
regards the use, presentation, 
presentation, composition and 
composition and size of the 
size of the indications referred 
indications referred to in 
to in point (a) of paragraph 1 
point (a) of paragraph 1 and 
and in paragraph 2 of this 
in paragraph 2 of this Article 
Article and in Article 23(3); 
and in Article 23(3); 
(b) 
the assignment of code 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
numbers to control authorities 
and control bodies; 
Amendment 210 
Article 22 (5) (1) (c) 
(c) 
the indication of the 
(c) 
the indication of the 
(c) the indication of the place where  Acceptable 
place where the agricultural 
place where the agricultural 
the agricultural raw materials have 
raw materials have been 
raw materials have been 
been farmed, in accordance with 
paragraph 2 of this Article and 
 
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farmed, in accordance with 
farmed, in accordance with 
Article 23(3). 
paragraph 2 of this Article and 
paragraph 2 of this Article 
Article 232(3). 
and Article 232(3). 
Those implementing acts shall be 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to in 
Article 37(2). 
Article 23 
Organic production logo of the 
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Acceptable 
European Union 
Amendment 211 
Article 23 (1) 
1. 
The organic production logo of  Commission proposal unchanged 
1. The organic production logo of 
Acceptable 
the European Union may be used in 
the European Union may be used in 
the labelling, presentation and 
the labelling, presentation and 
advertising of products which 
advertising of products which 
comply with this Regulation. 
comply with this Regulation
including products for which 
specific production rules may be 
laid down pursuant to Article 16

The organic production logo shall 
not be used in the case of food as 
referred to in point (b) of the first 
subparagraph of Article 21(3) and 
in-conversion products.
 
 
The organic production logo of 
 
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the European Union shall not be 
used for processed food as 
referred to in Article 21(3)(b) and 
(ba) or for in-conversion 
products as referred to in Article 
21(2a). 

Amendment 212 
Article 23 (2) 
2. 
The organic production logo 
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of the European Union is an 
No additional burden. 
official attestation in accordance 
with Articles 85 and 90 of 

Stick to the GA which refers to 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXXX 
OCR on this matter 
[Official controls Regulation]. 
3. 
The use of the organic 
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production logo of the European 
Union shall be optional for products 
imported from third countries. In 
addition, where that logo appears in 
the labelling, the indication referred 
to in Article 22(2) shall also appear 
in the labelling. 
4. 
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the European Union shall follow the 
model set out in Annex V and shall 
comply with the rules set out in that 
Annex. 
 
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may be used in the labelling, 
presentation and advertising of 
products which comply with this 
Regulation. 
6. 
In order to provide clarity for 
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consumers and to ensure that the 
appropriate information is 
communicated to them, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 amending the 
organic production logo of the 
European Union and the rules 
relating thereto set out in Annex V. 
Amendment 213 
Chapter V - title 
Chapter V 
Organic certification 
Organic cCertification 
Organic controls and certification 
To be discussed with EP 
 
Amendment 214 
Article 23 (a) (new) 
 
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Article 23a 
 
Control system 
 
 
1. Member States shall set up a 
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system of controls and shall 
Overlaps with the OCR, does not 
designate one or more competent 
provide any added value and 
authorities to be responsible for 
creates a parallel system.  
monitoring compliance with the 
obligations laid down by this 

GA is a compromise which is 
Regulation, in accordance with 
preferred. 
Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (the Official controls 
Regulation OCR). 

 
 
2. In addition to the conditions 
 
laid down in the Official controls 
Regulation, the control system set 
up under this Regulation shall 
comprise at least the application of 
the precautionary measures 
provided for by Article 20a and the 
control measures provided for by 
this Chapter. 

 
 
3. The nature and frequency of the   
controls shall be determined on 
the basis of an assessment of the 
risk of occurrence and the 
seriousness of non-compliance 
with the requirements laid down in 
this Regulation. All operators and 
groups of operators shall be 

 
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subject at least to an annual 
physical on-site control of their 
compliance with the applicable 
rules. Such controls shall be based 
on inspection, screening and 
targeted screening, depending on 
the likelihood of non-compliance. 

 
 
The criteria for risk assessments 
 
used by control authorities to 
identify the most risky parts of the 
food chain are laid down inAnnex 
Vf. The Commission shall be 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
in accordance with Article 36 
concerning the detailed elements 
of the risk assessment, the 
frequency of controls and the 
proportion of random controls as a 
fraction of the total number of 
controls. 

 
 
4. The competent authority may: 
 
 
 
(a) delegate its control 
 
competences to one or more other 
control authorities for organic 
products as defined in point (39) of 
Article 2 of the Official controls 
Regulation. Control authorities 
shall offer adequate guarantees of 

 
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objectivity and impartiality, and 
shall have at their disposal the 
qualified staff and resources 
necessary to carry out their 
functions; 

 
 
(b) delegate control tasks to one or   
more control bodies for organic 
products as defined in point (39) of 
Article 2 of the Official controls 
Regulation. In such cases, the 
Member States shall designate 
authorities responsible for 
approving and supervising such 
bodies. 

 
 
5. The competent authority may 
 
delegate control tasks to a 
particular control body or control 
authority only if the conditions 
laid down in Article 26 of the 
Official controls Regulation are 
satisfied, and in particular only 
where: 

 
 
(a) there is an accurate description   
of the tasks that the control body 
or control authority is to carry out, 
and of the conditions under which 
it may carry them out; 

 
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(b) the control body or control 
 
authority: 
 
 
(i) has the expertise, equipment 
 
and infrastructure required to 
carry out the tasks delegated to it; 

 
 
(ii) has a sufficient number of 
 
suitable qualified and experienced 
staff; and 

 
 
(iii) is impartial and free from any 
 
conflict of interest as regards the 
exercise of the tasks delegated to 
it; 

 
 
(c) the control body or control 
 
authority is accredited in 
accordance with the most recently 
notified version, published in the C 
series of the Official Journal of 
the European Union, of European 
Standard EN 17065 or ISO Guide 
65 (General requirements for 
bodies operating product 
certification systems), and is 
approved by the competent 
authorities; 

 
 
(d) the control body or control 
 
authority communicates the 
results of the controls carried out 
to the competent authority on a 

 
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regular basis and whenever the 
competent authority so requests. If 
the results of the controls show 
serious non-compliance, the 
control body shall immediately 
inform the competent authority; 

 
 
(e) there is effective and 
 
documented coordination between 
the delegating competent authority 
and the control body or control 
authority. 

 
 
6. In addition to complying with 
 
the provisions of paragraph 5, the 
competent authority shall take into 
account the following criteria 
when approving a control body or 
control authority: 

 
 
(a) the standard control procedure 
 
to be followed, containing a 
detailed description of the control 
measures and precautions that the 
control body or control authority 
undertakes to apply to operators 
subject to its control; 

 
 
(b) the measures that the control 
 
body intends to apply where non-
compliance is found to have 
occurred. 

 
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7. The competent authority may 
 
not delegate to control bodies or 
control authorities the following 
tasks: 

 
 
(a) the supervision and audit of 
 
other control bodies or control 
authorities; 

 
 
(b) the competence to grant 
 
derogations, as referred to in 
Article 17, unless this is provided 
for in the exceptional production 
rules. 

 
 
8. In accordance with Article 29 of   
the Official controls Regulation, 
competent authorities delegating 
control tasks to control bodies or 
control authorities shall organise 
audits or inspections of the control 
bodies or control authorities in 
question, as necessary. If, as a 
result of an audit or an inspection, 
it appears that such bodies are 
failing to carry out properly the 
tasks delegated to them, the 
delegating competent authority 
may withdraw the delegation. It 
shall withdraw it without delay if 
the control body or control 
authority fails to take appropriate 

 
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and timely remedial action. 
 
 
9. In addition to complying with 
 
the provisions of paragraph 8, the 
competent authority shall: 

 
 
(a) ensure that the controls carried   
out by the control body or control 
authority are objective and 
independent; 

 
 
(b) verify the effectiveness of 
 
controls carried out by the control 
body or control authority; 

 
 
(c) take cognisance of any 
 
irregularities or infringements 
found and corrective measures 
applied; 

 
 
(d) withdraw approval of any 
 
control body or control authority 
which fails to satisfy the 
requirements laid down in points 
(a) and (b) of this paragraph or 
which no longer fulfils the criteria 
indicated in paragraphs 5 or 6, or 
which fails to satisfy the 
requirements laid down in 
paragraphs 11, 12 and 14. 

 
 
10. Member States shall assign a 
 
code number to each control 
authority or control body 

 
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performing control tasks as 
referred to in paragraph 4. 

 
 
11. Control bodies and control 
 
authorities shall give the 
competent authorities access to 
their offices and facilities, and 
shall provide any information and 
assistance deemed necessary by 
the competent authorities for the 
fulfilment of their obligations 
pursuant to this Article. 

 
 
12. Control bodies and control 
 
authorities shall ensure that at 
least the precautionary and control 
measures referred to in paragraph 
2 are applied to operators subject 
to their control. 

 
 
13. Member States shall ensure 
 
that the control system set up 
allows for the traceability of each 
product at all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution in 
accordance with Article 18 of 
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, in 
particular, in order to give 
consumers guarantees that 
organic products have been 
produced in compliance with the 
requirements set out in this 
Regulation. Member States shall 

 
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ensure that requests from control 
bodies or control authorities 
concerning the traceability of 
organic products are responded to 
as quickly as possible, and not 
later than four working days per 
production step after receipt of the 
corresponding request. 

 
 
14. By 31 January in each year, 
 
the control authorities and control 
bodies shall transmit to the 
competent authorities a list of the 
operators which were subject to 
their controls on 31 December of 
the previous year. A summary 
report of the control activities 
carried out during the previous 
year shall be provided by 31 
March each year. 

Article 24 
Amendment 215 
Article 24 
Organic certification system 
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Operators or groups of 
1. 
Operators or groups of 
deleted 
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operators that produce, prepare or 
operators that produce, prepare
store organic products, who import 
distribute or store organic 
such products from a third country 
products, who import such products 
or export such products to a third 
from a third country or export such 
 
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country or who place such products 
products to a third country or who 
on the market shall, prior to the 
place such products on the market 
placing on the market as organic or 
shall, prior to the placing on the 
prior to conversion, notify their 
market as organic or prior to 
activity to the competent authorities 
conversion period, notify their 
of the Member State(s) where the 
activity to the competent authorities 
activity is carried out. 
of the Member State(s) where the 
activity is carried out and submit 
their holding to the organic 
certification and control system.
 
 
In case the competent 
 
GA text preferred 
authorithies have conferred their 
responsabilities or delegated 
specific official controls tasks or 
other official activities to more 
than one control authorithy or 
control body, the operators or 
group of operators shall indicate 
in the notification referred to in 
subparagraph 1 the control 
authority or the control body that 
verifies the compliance of the 
activity with this Regulation and 
provides the organic certificate 
referred to in Article 25(0a). 

 
1a. 
Member States may exempt   
GA text preferred 
from the notification obligation 
referred to in paragraph 1 
operators who sell products 

 
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directly to the final consumer or 
user provided that they do not 
produce, prepare, store other 
than in connection with the point 
of sale, organic products or 
import such products from a 
third country or have not 
contracted out such activities to a 
third party. 

2. 
Where operators or groups of 
2. 
Where operators or groups of 
deleted 
GA text preferred 
operators subcontract any of their 
operators subcontract any of their 
activities to a third party, both the 
activities to third party parties
operators and groups of operators 
both the operators or groups of 
and the third party to whom 
operators and the third parties to 
activities have been subcontracted 
whom activities have been 
shall comply with paragraph 1. 
subcontracted, shall comply with 
paragraph 1, except where the 
operator or groups of operators 
declares in the notification 
referred to in paragraph 1 that 
the responsibility as regards 
organic production remains with 
the operator or groups of 
operators and is not transferred 
to the subcontractor so that the 
compliance of the sub contracted 
activities with this Regulation is 
verified by the competent 
authorities
. 
 
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Operators and groups of 
3. 
Operators and, groups of 
deleted 
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operators shall keep records on the 
operators and subcontractors shall 
different activities they engage in, in  keep records on the different 
accordance with this Regulation. 
activities they engage in, in 
accordance with this Regulation. 
4. 
Competent authorities shall 
4. 
Competent authorities 
deleted 
GA text preferred 
keep an updated list containing the 
Member States shall keep updated 
names and addresses of operators 
lists kept in an appropriate 
and groups of operators that have 
manner containing the names and 
notified their activities in accordance  addresses of operators and groups 
with paragraph 1 and shall make that  of operators that have notified their 
list public, together with the 
activities in accordance with 
information relating to their organic 
paragraph 1 and shall make that list 
certificates as referred to in Article 
public, together with the 
25(1). The competent authorities 
information relating to their organic 
shall respect the requirements of the 
certificates as referred to in Article 
protection of personal data under 
25(1). Member States The 
Directive 95/46/EC of the European 
competent authorities shall 
Parliament and of the Council55. 
respect the requirements of the 
protection of personal data under 
Directive 95/46/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council56. 
5. 
Member States shall ensure 
Commission proposal unchanged 
deleted 
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that the fees that may be collected by 
                                                 
55 
Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the 
processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31). 
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Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the 
processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31). 
 
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the competent authorities, control 
authorities or control bodies in 
accordance with Article 76 of 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX 
(official controls Regulation) are 
made public. 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
deleted 
IA issue 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
transparency of the organic 
transparency of the organic 
production and labelling system, the 
production and labelling system, 
Commission shall be empowered to 
the Commission shall be 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
empowered to adopt delegated 
with Article 36 concerning the 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
requirements for keeping records, 
concerning the requirements for 
the requirements for publication of 
keeping records, the 
the list referred to in paragraph 4 of 
requirements for publication of 
this Article and the requirements and  the list referred to in paragraph 4 
procedures to be applied for 
of this Article and the 
publication of the fees referred to in 
requirements and procedures to 
paragraph 5 of this Article and for 
be applied for publication of the 
supervision by the competent 
fees referred to in paragraph 5 of 
authorities of the application of those  this Article and for supervision 
fees. 
by the competent authorities of 
the application of those fees.
 
7. 
The Commission may adopt 
7. 
The Commission may adopt 
deleted 
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implementing acts to provide details 
implementing acts to provide 
and specifications regarding the 
details and specifications 
content, form and way of 
regarding
 
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the requirements, 
 
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1 and the form of publication of the 
content, form and way of the 
fees referred to in paragraph 5. 
notification referred to in 
Those implementing acts shall be 
paragraph 1
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to in 

the keeping of records 
 
GA text preferred 
Article 37(2). 
referred to in paragraph 3,  

the publication of the 
 
GA text preferred 
list referred to in 
paragraph 4; 


the requirements and 
 
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procedures to be applied 
for the publication, 
including its form, of the 
fees referred to in 
paragraph 5, and for the 
supervision by the 
competent authorities of the 
application of those fees. 
and the form of publication 
of the fees
 referred to in 
paragraph 5.
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2). 
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Article 24a 
 
Adherence to the control system 
 
 
1. Any operator or group of 
Not acceptable  
operators which produces, 
GA text preferred  
prepares or stores organic 
products, which imports such 
products from a third country or 
exports such products to a third 
country, or which places such 
products on the market shall, prior 
to placing on the market any 
products characterised as 
'organic' or 'in conversion to 
organic': 

 
 
(a) notify their activity to the 
 
competent authorities of the 
Member State where the activity is 
carried out; 

 
 
(b) submit their undertaking to the   
control system referred to in 
Article 23a. 

 
 
Where an operator or group of 
 
operators subcontracts any of its 
activities to a third party, that 
operator or group of operators 
shall none the less be subject to 
the requirements laid down in 

 
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points (a) and (b) of the first 
subparagraph, and the 
subcontracted activities shall be 
subject to the control system. 

 
 
2. Member States shall exempt 
Not acceptable 
from the application of this Article  There shouldn’t be an obligation 
organic operators who sell pre-
for MS to exempt operators selling 
packed products directly to the 
pre-packed/unpacked products from 
final consumer or user, provided 
the control system.  
that they do not produce, process, 
prepare or store such products 

It would be difficult to enforce with 
other than in connection with the 
2 categories of retailers (selling 
point of sale and they do not 
unpacked/ pre-packed products) 
import such products from a third 
GA text preferred 
country and have not 
subcontracted such activities to 
another operator. 

 
 
In accordance with point (c) of 
 
Article 26c Member States may 
exempt from the application of 
point (b) of the first subparagraph 
of paragraph 1 of this Article 
operators who sell less than a 
limited quantity per year of 
unpacked organic products to the 
final consumer or user, provided 
that they notify their activity to the 
responsible authorities and do not 
produce, prepare or store such 
products other than in connection 

 
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with the point of sale, do not 
import such products from a third 
country and have not 
subcontracted such activities to a 
third party. 

 
 
3. Member States shall designate 
Not acceptable 
an authority or approve a body to 
GA text preferred 
receive notifications under point 
(a) of the first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1 of this Article. 

 
 
4. Member States shall ensure that  Not acceptable 
any operator or group of operators  EP supports “reasonable fees” 
who complies with this Regulation,  while GA foresees publication of 
and who pays a reasonable fee by 
the fees in order to avoid unfair 
way of contribution to the control 
competition between control bodies 
expenses, is entitled to be covered 
by the control system. 

 
 
 
 
5. Operators and groups of 
Keeping of records already covered 
operators shall keep records of the 
by IA in the GA (Art 24(7)) 
different activities in which they 
 
engage, in accordance with this 
Regulation. 

 
 
6. Competent authorities shall 
Not acceptable 
keep an updated list containing the  GA text preferred 
names and addresses of operators 
and groups of operators that have 

 
notified their activities in 
accordance with point (a) of the 

 
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first subparagraph of paragraph 1 
of this Article, and shall make that 
list public in an appropriate 
manner, including by means of 
publication on the internet, 
together with the information 
relating to their organic 
certificates as referred to in Article 
25(1), and using the model set out 
in Annex Vd to this Regulation. 
The competent authorities shall 
respect the requirements of the 
protection of personal data laid 
down by Directive 95/46/EC of the 
European Parliament and of the 
Council1a. 

 
 
7. The Commission may adopt 
 
implementing acts prescribing 
details and specifications 
regarding the content, form and 
method of notification referred to 
in paragraph 1, and the model 
referred to in paragraph 6 of this 
Article. Those implementing acts 
shall be adopted in accordance 
with the examination procedure 
referred to in Article 37(2). 

Article 25 
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Acceptable in principle 
Because certificate also covers in-
conversion products 
 
0a. 
Competent authorities or, 
 
GA text preferred 
where appropriate, control 
authorities or control bodies shall 
provide an organic certificate to 
any operator or group of 
operators that have notified their 
activity in accordance with 
Article 24(1) and comply with 
this Regulation. The organic 
certificate shall certify that the 
notified activity is in compliance 
with this Regulation. 

 
0b.  Operators and group of 
 
GA text preferred 
operators shall be in possession of 
an organic certificate as referred 
to in paragraph 0a prior to the 
placing on the market of products 
referred to in Article 2(1).
 
 
0c. 
The organic certificate is an   
GA text preferred 
official certification within the 
meaning of Articles 85 and 86 of 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
(Official controls Regulation). 

 
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0d.  The organic certificate, 
 
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issued in electronic form 
wherever possible, shall at least 
allow the identification of the 
operator or group of operators 
including the list of the members, 
the category of products covered 
by the organic certificate and its 
period of validity. 

Amendment 218 
Article 25 (1) 
1. 
Operators and groups of 
1. 
Operators and groups of 
1. Operators and groups of 
Not acceptable 
operators that have notified their 
operators that have notified their 
operators that have notified their 
Covered by Art 24(1) of GA 
activity in accordance with 
activity in accordance with 
activity and submitted their 
Article 24(1) and comply with this 
Article 24(1) and  comply with 
undertaking to the control system 
Regulation shall be entitled to be 
this Regulation shall be entitled 
in accordance with Article 24a(1) 
provided with an organic certificate. 
to be provided with an organic 
and that comply with this 
The organic certificate, issued in 
certificate. The organic 
Regulation shall be entitled to be 
electronic form wherever possible, 
certificate, issued in electronic 
provided with an organic 
shall at least allow the identification 
form wherever possible, shall at 
certificate. The organic certificate, 
of the operator or group of operators,  least allow the identification of 
issued in electronic form wherever 
the type or range of products 
the operator or group of 
possible, shall at least allow the 
covered by the certificate and its 
operators, the type or range of 
identification of the operator or 
period of validity. 
products covered by the 
group of operators, the type or 
certificate and its period of 
range of products covered by the 
validity. 
certificate and its period of validity. 
Amendment 219 
 
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2. 
The organic certificate is an 
2. 
The organic certificate is an  deleted 
Not acceptable 
official certification within the 
official certification within the 
meaning of Articles 85 and 86 of 
meaning of Articles 85 and 86 of 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
(Official controls Regulation). 
(Official controls Regulation). 
Amendment 220 
Article 25 (3) 
3. 
Operators and groups of 
3. 
Operators and groups of 
3. Operators and groups of 
Acceptable 
operators shall not be entitled to be 
operators shall not be entitled to be 
operators shall not be entitled to be 
provided with an organic certificate 
provided with an organic certificate  provided with an organic certificate 
by different control authorities or 
by different control authorities or 
by different control bodies for 
control bodies for the same group of 
control bodies for activities 
activities carried out in one 
products, including when those 
carried out in one Member State, 
Member State, as regards the same 
operators and groups of operators 
for as regards the same category 
group of products, including when 
engage in different stages of 
group of products, including when 
those operators and groups of 
production, preparation and 
those operators and groups of 
operators engage in different stages 
distribution. 
operators engage in different stages 
of production, preparation and 
of production, preparation and 
distribution.   
distribution. 
Amendment 221 
Article 25 (3) (a) (new) 
 
 
3a. The groups of products 
Partly acceptable 
referred to in the paragraph 3 are 
Wording of GA is preferable (Art 
as follows: 
25(5a). 
For instance, “Vegetables” are too 
 
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restrictive (against plants) 
“seaweed” is not in line with other 
Amendments. It should read 
“algae” 
“fodder” should be read as 
“feed”… Furthermore, there is no 
reference to Annex I to the 
Regulation 
 
 
– vegetables and plant products; 
 
 
 
– animals and animal products; 
 
 
 
– seaweed and aquaculture 
 
animals; 
 
 
– processed foods and fodder, 
 
including yeasts; 
 
 
– wine. 
 
4. 
Members of a group of 
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operators shall not be entitled to be 
provided with an individual organic 
certificate for any of the activities 
covered by the certification of the 
group. 
5. 
Operators shall systematically 
5. 
Operators shall 
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verify the organic certificate of 
systematically verify the organic 
operators that are their suppliers. 
certificate of operators that are their 
 
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suppliers. 
 
5a. 
The categories of products 
 
GA text preferred 
referred to in paragraphs 0d 
and 3 are the following:
 
 

plant and plant 
 
GA text preferred 
products; 
 

livestock and livestock   
GA text preferred 
products; 
 

algae and aquaculture   
GA text preferred 
animals; 
 

processed food and 
 
GA text preferred 
feed, including yeast; 
 

wine; 
 
GA text preferred 
 

other products listed 
 
GA text preferred 
in Annex I to this 
Regulation or not covered 
by previous categories. 

Amendment 222 
Article 25 (6) 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
Categories of products amended by 
transparency of the organic 
transparency of the organic 
codecision.  
production and labelling system, 
production and labelling system, 
 
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the Commission shall be 
the Commission shall be 
Acceptable if an IA is foreseen for 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
empowered to adopt delegated 
the content and form of the 
in accordance with Article 36 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
certificate (see Art 25(6a)) 
concerning the criteria for defining 
concerning the criteria for 
the groups of products referred to 
defining the groups of products 
in paragraph 3. 
referred to in paragraph 3. 
 
6a. 
The Commission shall 
 
GA text preferred 
adopt implementing acts to 
provide details and specifications 
regarding the content and the 
form of the organic certificate 
referred to in paragraph 0a. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Article 26 
Group of operators 
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1. 
Each group of operators shall 
1. 
Each group of operators 
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establish a system for internal 
shall
controls. That system shall consist of 
a documented set of control 
- 
be established in a 
 
GA text preferred 
activities and procedures, in 
Member State or a third 
accordance with which an identified 
country; 
person or body is responsible for 
verifying compliance with this 
- 
have a legal entity; 
 
GA text preferred 
 
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- 
set up a joint 
 
GA text preferred 
group. 
marketing system; 
- 
establish a system for 
 
GA text preferred 
internal controls. That This 
system shall consist of a 
documented set of control 
activities and procedures, in 
accordance with which an 
identified person or body is 
responsible for verifying 
compliance with this 
Regulation of each member 
of the group. 
Amendment 223 
Article 26 (2) 
2. 
Deficiencies in the set-up or 
2. 
Deficiencies in the set-up or 
2. Deficiencies in the set-up or 
Not acceptable 
functioning of the system for 
functioning of the system for 
functioning of the system for 
Disproportionate 
internal controls referred in to 
internal controls referred in to in 
internal controls referred to in 
paragraph 1, in particular as regards 
paragraph 1, in particular as regards  paragraph 1, in particular as regards 
failures to detect or address non-
failures to detect or address non-
failures to detect or address non-
compliance by individual members 
compliance by individual members 
compliance by individual members 
of the group of operators that affect 
of the group of operators that affect 
of the group of operators that affect 
the integrity of organic products, 
the integrity of organic products, 
the integrity of organic products, 
may result in the withdrawal of the 
may result in the withdrawal of the 
shall result in the withdrawal of the 
organic certification for the whole 
organic certification certificate 
organic certificate referred to in 
group. 
referred to in Article 25 for the 
Article 25 for the whole group. 
whole group. 
 
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The members of the group 
 
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of operators shall be located in 
geographical proximity. 

 
2b.  Member States shall have a 
 
GA text preferred 
choice to apply one or a 
combination of more criteria 
(turnover, standard output, area 
in ha) referred to in Article 3(7). 

Amendment 224 
Article 26 (3) 
3. 
In order to ensure the 
3. 
In order to ensure the 
3. The criteria for group 
Not acceptable 
effective and efficient functioning 
effective and efficient functioning  certification of groups of operators 
The annex Ve is empty. Unclear 
of the certification of a group of 
of the certification of a group of 
are set out in Annex Ve. 
what critera refer to. 
operators, the Commission shall be 
operators, the Commission shall 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
in accordance with Article 36 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
concerning the responsibilities of 
concerning the responsibilities of 
the individual members of a group 
the individual members of a 
of operators, the composition and 
group of operators, the 
dimension of a group of operators, 
composition and dimension of a 
the categories of products to be 
group of operators, the categories 
produced by a group of operators, 
of products to be produced by a 
the conditions for participation in a 
group of operators, the 
group of operators, the set-up and 
conditions for participation in a 
functioning of the group's system 
group of operators, the set-up 
for internal controls, including the 
and functioning of the group's 
scope, content and frequency of the 
system for internal controls, 
including the scope, content and 

 
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controls to be carried out. 
frequency of the controls to be 
carried out. 

Amendment 225 
Article 26 (4) 
4. 
The Commission may adopt 
4. 
The Commission may shall 
deleted 
Not acceptable 
implementing acts concerning the 
adopt implementing acts laying 
These provisions do not cover only 
exchange of information between a 
down specific rules concerning:  
non compliance and therefore are 
group of operators and the 
not covered by provisions on non 
competent authority or authorities, 
 
compliance 
control authorities or control 
bodies, and between the Member 

- 
the composition and 
 
GA text preferred 
States and the Commission. Those 
dimension of a group of 
implementing acts shall be adopted 
operators as well as the 
in accordance with the examination 
criteria to determine the 
procedure referred to in Article 37 
geographical proximity of 
(2). 
the members of the group; 
- 
the conditions for 
 
GA text preferred 
participation in a group of 
operators, including 
regarding the categories of 
products they produce; 


the set-up and 
 
GA text preferred 
functioning of the group's 
system for internal 
controls, including the 
scope, content and 
frequency of the controls, 
the documentation and 

 
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record keeping systems, the 
system for internal 
traceability and the list of 
operators; 

- 
the responsibilities 
 
GA text preferred 
and obligations of the 
individual members of a 
group of operators and 

 
- 
the exchange of 
 
GA text preferred 
information between a group 
of operators and the 
competent authority or 
authorities, control 
authorities or control bodies, 
and between the Member 
States and the Commission. 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37 (2). 
 
Chapter Va
 
GA text preferred 
 
 
Controls 
 
 
 
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Article 26a 
 
General provision 
 
GA text preferred 
 
In addition to the provisions laid 
 
GA text preferred 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), the specific rules 
provided for in this Chapter shall 
apply to the official controls and 
other official activities carried 
out in relation to organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products. 

 
 
 
Article 26b 
 
Official controls in relation to 
 
GA text preferred 
organic production and labelling 
of organic products 

 
1. 
Official controls in relation 
 
GA text preferred 
to organic production and 
labelling of organic products 
shall be performed for the 
verification of compliance with 
the provisions of this Regulation 
and shall include, in particular, 
the verification of the application 

 
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of preventive measures, as 
defined in Article 3(4), of the 
conditions for the exemption 
from the notification obligation 
referred to in Article 24(1a), and 
of the effective separation 
between organic and non-organic 
production and products, 
referred to in Articles 7 and 8, 
including through the control of 
the non-organic production units 
or sites. 

 
2. 
The nature and frequency 
 
GA text preferred 
of the official controls shall be 
determined on the basis of the 
likelihood of non-compliance, 
taking into account in particular 
the following:  

 

the type, size and 
 
GA text preferred 
structure of the operators 
and groups of operators; 

 

the length of time 
 
GA text preferred 
during which operators and 
groups of operators have 
been in organic production, 
preparation and 
distribution; 

 
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the product 
 
GA text preferred 
categories; 
 

the type, quantity and 
 
GA text preferred 
value of products and their 
development over time; 

 

the possibility of 
 
GA text preferred 
commingling of products; 
 

the application of 
 
GA text preferred 
derogations or exceptions to 
the rules by operators and 
groups of operators; 

 

the critical points for 
 
GA text preferred 
non-compliance and 
likelihood of non-
compliance at any stage of 
production, preparation 
and distribution, as defined 
in Article 3(27). 

 
In any case, all operators and 
 
GA text preferred 
groups of operators with the 
exception of those referred to in 
Article 24(1a) shall be subject to 
a verification of compliance at 
least once a year. The verification 
of compliance shall imply a 
physical on-the-spot inspection, 

 
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except where Member States 
decide that in duly justified cases, 
taking into account the elements 
referred to in the first 
subparagraph, the operators and 
group of operators concerned 
present a proven low-risk profile 
and fulfill the criteria of 
compliant track-record of at least 
3 years. In those duly justified 
cases, however, the period 
between two physical on-the-spot 
inspections shall not exceed thirty 
months. 

 
3. 
For the purpose of 
 
GA text preferred 
paragraph 2 of Article 12 of 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX 
(Official Controls Regulation), 
the written records on the official 
controls performed for the 
verification of compliance with 
the provisions of this Regulation 
shall be countersigned by the 
operator or group of operators 
concerned or by their 
representative.  

 
Article 26c 
 
 
 
Delegation of tasks to control 
 
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1. 
Official control tasks or 
 
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other official activities may only 
be delegated by the competent 
authorities in accordance with 
Chapter III of Regulation (EU) 
No XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation) if  the following 
conditions are also met: 

 
(a)  the control bodies are 
 
GA text preferred 
accredited in accordance 
with the international 
harmonised standard 
‘Conformity assessment – 
Requirements for bodies 
certifying products, 
processes and services’, the 
reference of which has been 
published in the Official 
Journal of the European 
Union; 

 
(b)  the delegation of the 
 
GA text preferred 
competent authorities 
contains a detailed 
description of delegated 
control tasks and other 
official activities, of the 
reporting obligations and 

 
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other specific obligations; 
 
(c) 
the control bodies 
 
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submit to the competent 
authorities for prior 
approval: 

 
(i) their risk assessment 
 
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procedures determining 
in particular the basis 
for the intensity and 
frequency of the 
verification of 
compliance of the 
operators and group of 
operators; 

 
(ii) 
the standard 
 
GA text preferred 
control procedure to be 
followed, containing a 
detailed description of 
the control measures and 
precautions that the 
body undertakes to 
impose on operators and 
groups of operators 
subject to its controls; 

 
(iii) 
the measures 
 
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that the control body 
intends to apply where 

 
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non-compliances are 
found; 

 
(d)  the competent 
 
GA text preferred 
authorities have procedures 
and arrangements in place 
to ensure the supervision of 
control bodies, including 
the verification of the 
effectiveness, independence 
and objectiveness of the 
way in which the delegated 
tasks are carried out, in 
particular as regards the 
intensity and frequency of 
the verification of 
compliance. 

 
2. 
The competent authorities 
 
GA text preferred 
shall not delegate to control 
bodies the competence to grant 
exceptions except for the use of 
plant reproductive material not 
obtained from organic 
production. 

 
3. 
For the purpose of Article 
 
GA text preferred 
31 of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), the competent 
authorities shall ensure that 

 
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information on any non-
compliance and likelihood of non-
compliance identified by control 
bodies and on the measures 
applied is collected and used in 
order to supervise the activities of 
control bodies. 

 
4. 
In the cases where there is 
 
GA text preferred 
evidence that a control body is 
failing to properly perform the 
official control tasks delegated to 
it, the competent authorities may, 
before withdrawing the 
delegation in accordance with 
Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), fully or partly 
suspend it. 

 
 
 
Article 26d 
 
Measures in case of non-
 
GA text preferred 
compliance 
 
1. 
In the event of non-
 
GA text preferred 
compliance that affects the 
organic status of the products 
throughout any of the stages of 
production, preparation and 
distribution, the competent 

 
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authorities, or where 
appropriate, the control 
authorities or the control bodies 
shall ensure that no reference is 
made to organic production in 
the labelling and advertising of 
the entire lot or production run 
concerned. 

 
2. 
In the event of serious, 
 
GA text preferred 
repetitive or continued non-
compliance, competent 
authorities or where appropriate, 
the control authorities or the 
control bodies shall ensure that 
the operators or the group of 
operators concerned, in addition 
to the measures referred to in 
paragraph 1 and any appropriate 
measures taken in particular in 
accordance with Article 135 of 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX 
(Official Controls Regulation), 
are prohibited from marketing 
products which refer to organic 
production for a given period, 
and that their organic certificate 
be suspended or withdrawn 
accordingly. 

 
3. 
In addition to the 
 
GA text preferred 
 
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requirements laid down in Article 
104(1) of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), competent 
authorities, control authorities 
and control bodies shall 
immediately share information 
with other competent authorities, 
control authorities and control 
bodies as appropriate on any 
non-compliance or likelihood of 
non-compliance affecting the 
organic status of the products. 

 
 
 
Article 26e 
 
 
GA text preferred 
Presence of non-authorised 
products or substances 

 
1. 
When a competent 
 
GA text preferred 
authority, or where appropriate, 
a control authority or a control 
body receives reliable and 
substantiated information or 
detects the presence of products 
or substances that have not been 
authorised in accordance with 
Article 19 for the purposes listed 
in Article 19, it must carry out 
without delay an investigation in 

 
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order to determine the source 
and cause of contamination in 
view of verifying compliance with 
Article 7(1)(b). 

 
Based on the results of this 
 
GA text preferred 
investigation, the competent 
authority or, where appropriate, 
the control authority or control 
body shall ensure that such 
products are not marketed as 
organic, if the presence is due to 
the deliberate use by the operator 
or due to avoidable 
contamination in the production 
process. 

1a. 
A contamination shall be 
 
 
GA text preferred 
considered as avoidable when the 
operator: 

 

has not put in place or   
GA text preferred 
maintained appropriate, 
proportionate measures to 
identify and avoid the risks 
of contamination of organic 
products with non-
authorised products and 
substances or;  

 

has not regularly 
 
GA text preferred 
reviewed and adjusted such 
 
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appropriate measures, 
while the risk for 
contamination has clearly 
been perceptible or;  

 

has not taken 
 
GA text preferred 
appropriate measures 
pursuant to previous 
requests from the 
competent authorities or, 
where appropriate, from 
the control authority or 
control body to take steps 
to avoid contamination or;  

 

has not complied with 
 
GA text preferred 
relevant requirements of 
this Regulation or has 
otherwise failed to take 
necessary steps in the 
production process to avoid 
contamination. 

 
1b.  On the basis of the results 
 
GA text preferred 
of the investigation referred to in 
paragraph 1, the competent 
authority, or where appropriate 
the control authority or control 
body shall identify the possible 
deficiencies and non-compliances 
that cause the presence of non-

 
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authorised products or 
substances. The operator 
concerned shall take the 
necessary corrective measures to 
avoid future contamination. 

 
1c. 
By way of derogation from 
 
GA text preferred 
paragraphs 1, 1a and 1b, 
Member States that have, on 31 
December 2015, rules in place 
providing that products 
containing non-authorised 
products and substances above a 
certain level cannot be marketed 
as organic, may continue to apply 
these rules until 31 December 
2020 provided that these rules do 
not prohibit, restrict or impede 
the placing on the market as 
organic of products produced in 
other Member States in 
compliance with the 
requirements of this Regulation. 
Member States who apply this 
provision shall inform the 
Commission without delay. 

 
2. 
The control authority or 
 
GA text preferred 
control body shall keep records of 
the investigations carried out. 

 
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By 31 March of each year, 
 
GA text preferred 
Member States shall transmit to 
the Commission the relevant 
information, including 
information collected at border 
control posts, relating to the 
previous year concerning the 
nature of contamination detected, 
and in particular the cause, the 
source, the level of contamination 
and the volume and nature of 
products contaminated.  

 
By 31 December 2020 at the 
 
GA text preferred 
latest, the Commission shall 
present a report to the European 
Parliament and the Council on 
the state of play of 
implementation of this article and 
on the presence of products or 
substances not authorised in 
accordance with Article 19 which 
had been detected in organic 
products. This report may be 
accompanied, if appropriate, by a 
legislative proposal.. 

 
3. 
The Commission shall 
 
GA text preferred 
adopt implementing acts laying 
down uniform rules concerning: 

 
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the methodology to be 
 
GA text preferred 
used in order to detect and 
evaluate the presence of 
products or substances that 
have not been authorised in 
accordance with Article 19; 

 

the procedures to be 
 
GA text preferred 
followed in case the 
presence of products or 
substances that have not 
been authorised in 
accordance with Article 19 
is detected; 

 

the details of 
 
GA text preferred 
information referred to in 
paragraph 2 and the format 
in which it will be 
transmitted. 

 

measures to avoid the 
 
GA text preferred 
risks of contamination of 
organic products with non-
authorised products or 
substances as referred to in 
paragraph 1a. 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted  in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 

 
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to in Article 37(2). 
 
 
 
Article 26f 
 
Implementing powers in relation 
 
GA text preferred 
to official controls for organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products 

 
The Commission may, by means 
 
GA text preferred 
of implementing acts, lay down 
rules establishing uniform 
modalities and specific 
requirements for the 
performance of official controls 
and other official activities 
carried out in relation to organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products, as regards: 

 
(a)  the specific tasks of 
 
GA text preferred 
the competent authorities; 
 
(b)  methods and 
 
GA text preferred 
techniques for the 
performance of official 
controls; 

 
(c) 
the range of samples 
 
GA text preferred 
and the stage of production, 
 
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processing and distribution 
where the sample shall be 
taken according to the 
methods to be used for 
sampling and laboratory 
analysis; 

 
(d)  the modalities for 
 
GA text preferred 
establishing the likelihood 
of non-compliance and the 
frequency of sampling; 

 
(e) 
specific reporting 
 
GA text preferred 
obligations for the 
competent authorities, the 
control authorities and the 
control bodies; 

 
(f) 
specific obligations, 
 
GA text preferred 
arrangements and 
undertakings by operators; 

 
(g)  the cases where the 
 
GA text preferred 
competent authorities, in 
relation  to specific 
suspicion of non compliance 
and established non-
compliance are to take one 
or more of the actions and 
measures referred to in 
Article 26d (1) and (2); 

 
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(h)  the exchange of 
 
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information between 
competent authorites, 
control authorities and 
control bodies concerning 
cases of non-compliance or 
likelihood of non-
compliance including the 
exchange of relevant 
information on the results 
of their controls upon a 
request duly justified by the 
need to guarantee that a 
product has been produced 
in accordance with this 
Regulation. 

 
(i) 
the elements referred 
 
GA text preferred 
to in subparagraph 1 of 
Article 26b(2) to determine 
the risk-profile referred to 
in subparagraph 2 of 
Article 26b(2) for those 
Member States that decide 
to exempt operators and 
groups of operators from 
the annual physical on-the-
spot inspection in 
accordance with 
subparagraph 2 of Article 

 
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Those implementing acts shall be 
 
GA text preferred 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 226 
Article 26 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 26a 
 
Duties of competent authorities in 
the event of non-compliance 

 
 
 
Competent authorities shall: 
Partly acceptable 
“Control bodies and control 
authorities” are missing. 
 
The obligation of sharing 
information between all relevant 
control bodies, control authorities 
and competent authorities is 
missing. This should be added (GA, 
Art 26d(3))  
 
 
 
(a) ensure, in the event of non-
 
compliance affecting the status of 
organic products throughout any 

 
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of the stages of production, 
preparation and distribution and 
export, in particular arising from 
the use of prohibited or non-
authorised substances and 
techniques or commingling with 
non-organic products, that no 
reference is made to organic 
production in the labelling and 
advertising of the entire lot or 
production run concerned;
 
 
 
(b) ensure, in the event of 
 
repetitive, continued or fraudulent 
non-compliance, that the operators 
or group of operators concerned, 
in addition to being subjected to 
the measures referred to in point 
(a) of this Article, are prohibited 
from marketing products which 
refer to organic production, and 
that their organic certificate is 
suspended or withdrawn as 
appropriate.
 
Amendment 227 
Article 26 (b) (new) 
 
 
Article 26b 
Not acceptable 
Exchange of information and 
Already covered by 26f(h), 26d(3) 
administrative cooperation 
What national stakeholder panel ? 
 
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1. Administrative cooperation 
 
between Member States, control 
bodies, control authorities and 
competent authorities, including 
for the purposes of applying 
Article 20a(2), shall be based on 
the requirements laid down in 
Title 4 of the Official controls 
Regulation.
 
 
 
2. Upon a request duly justified by 
 
the need to guarantee that a 
product has been produced in 
accordance with this Regulation, 
the competent authorities, control 
authorities and control bodies 
shall exchange relevant 
information on the results of their 
controls with other competent 
authorities, control authorities and 
control bodies. They may also 
exchange such information on 
their own initiative. 

 
 
3. Information concerning 
 
substantiated suspicions and non-
compliance affecting the organic 
status of a product shall be 
immediately communicated 
between the competent authorities, 
control authorities, control bodies, 
operators and Member States 

 
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involved, the Commission and the 
operators affected. The level of 
communication shall depend on 
the seriousness and extent of the 
substantiated suspicion or 
confirmed non-compliance. 

 
 
4. A national stakeholder panel 
 
including control authorities, 
control bodies and representatives 
of the organic sector shall be 
established. 

Amendment 228 
Article 26 (c) (new) 
 
 
Article 26c 
Not acceptable 
Delegated powers with regard to 
Legal issue: it is not possible to  
the control system 
enable COM to adopt DA in order 
to amend or supplment rules 
provided for in a  different 
legislative act (ie OCR) 
 
 
In order to supplement the rules 
 
relating to the control system 
provided for in Article 23a and 
24a, and to ensure their full 
compatibility with the Official 
controls Regulation, the 
Commission shall be empowered 
to adopt delegated acts in 
accordance with Article 36 laying 

 
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down rules on: 
 
 
(a) the specific responsibilities and   
tasks of the competent authorities 
and control authorities, in addition 
to those provided for in this 
Chapter and in Articles 4, 8, 9, 
10(1), 11 to 13, 34(1) and (2), and 
36 of the Official controls 
Regulation; 

 
 
(b) risk assessment requirements 
 
additional to those referred to in 
this Chapter and in Article 8(1) of 
the Official controls Regulation, 
taking into account the risk of 
non-compliance; 

 
 
(c) the conditions under which 
 
certain operators are to be 
exempted from certain controls; 

 
 
(d) methods and techniques for 
 
controls additional to those 
referred to in Article 13 and 
Article 33(1) to (5) of the Official 
controls Regulation, and specific 
requirements for the carrying-out 
of controls designed to ensure the 
traceability of organic products at 
all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution; 

 
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(e) actions and measures 
 
additional to those provided for in 
Article 20a and Chapter V of this 
Regulation and in Article 134(2) 
and (3) of the Official controls 
Regulation in cases of suspected 
non-compliance, criteria 
additional to those referred to in 
the second subparagraph of 
Article 135(1) of the Official 
controls Regulation, and criteria 
and measures additional to those 
provided for in Article 135(2) of 
the Official controls Regulation 
and in Article 26a of this 
Regulation in the event of non-
compliance; 

 
 
(f) specific criteria and conditions 
 
for the activation and functioning 
of the administrative assistance 
mechanisms provided for in Title 
IV of the Official controls 
Regulation, including the 
exchange of information between 
competent authorities, control 
authorities and control bodies 
concerning instances of non-
compliance or the likelihood of 
non-compliance. 

Amendment 229 
 
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Article 26 (d) (new) 
 
 
Article 26d 
Not acceptable 
Implementation of this Regulation 
Duplicate tasks of  COM/FVO  
 
 
By 1 January 2020, the 
 
Commission shall establish the 
necessary administrative 
structures within competent Union 
authorities so as to fulfil its 
responsibilities with regard to 
improved harmonisation and 
implementation of this Regulation 
in Member States, specifically 
concerning controls within the 
Union and imports from third 
countries, and improved 
communication between Member 
States and with the Union's 
Institutions. 

 
 
The tasks to be carried out by 
 
those structures are set out in 
Annex Va. 

Chapter VI 
Trade with third countries 
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Acceptable 
Article 27 
Amendment 230 
Article 27 
 
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deleted 
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1. 
A product may be exported 
1. 
A product may be exported 
deleted 
Partly acceptable 
from the Union as organic and bear  from the Union as organic and bear 
The first subparagraph of  para 1 
the organic production logo of the 
the organic production logo of the 
should be retained. 
European Union if it complies with 
European Union if it complies with 
this Regulation. 
this Regulation. 
However, a product intended to be 
However, a product intended to 
exported as organic to a third 
be exported as organic to a third 
country which is recognised in 
country which is recognised in 
accordance with Article 31 may be 
accordance with Article 31 may 
exported to that third country if it 
be exported to that third country 
complies with that third country’s 
if it complies with that third 
requirements to be placed on the 
country’s requirements to be 
market in that third country as 
placed on the market in that 
organic. 
third country as organic. 
2. 
In order to avoid creating 
2. 
In order to avoid creating 
deleted 
 
unequal conditions for operators 
unequal conditions for operators 
when exporting to third countries, 
when exporting to third 
the Commission shall be 
countries, the Commission shall 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
in accordance with Article 36 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
concerning specific rules for 
concerning specific rules for 
exports of organic products to a 
exports of organic products to a 
third country which is recognised in  third country which is recognised 
accordance with Article 31. 

in accordance with Article 31. 
3. 
In order to ensure fair 
3. 
In order to ensure fair 
deleted 
Not acceptable  
competition among operators, the 
competition among operators, 
 
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adopt delegated acts in accordance 
empowered to may adopt 
with Article 36 concerning 
delegated implementing acts in 
documents intended for customs 
accordance with Article 36 laying 
authorities in third countries, in 
down specific details concerning 
particular as regards an organic 
documents intended for customs 
export certificate issued in 
authorities in third countries, in 
electronic form wherever possible 
particular as regards an organic 
and providing assurance that 
export certificate issued in 
exported organic products comply 
electronic form wherever possible 
with this Regulation. 
and providing assurance that 
exported organic products comply 
with this Regulation. 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Article 28 
Import of organic products 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Amendment 231 
Article 28 (1) 
1. 
A product may be imported 
1. 
A product may be imported 
1. A product may be imported from  Acceptable 
from a third country in order to be 
from a third country in order to be 
a third country in order to be placed  To introduce”or as a plant product 
placed on the market within the 
placed on the market within the 
on the market within the Union as 
in conversion” 
Union as organic if the following 
Union as organic or as in 
organic or as a plant product in 
conditions are met: 
conversion  if the following 
conversion if the following 
 
conditions are met: 
 
 
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conditions are met: 
(a) 
the product is an organic 
(a) 
the product is a
(a) the product is an organic 
 
product as referred to in 
organic product as referred 
product as referred to in Article 
Article 2(1); 
to in Article 2(1); 
2(1); 
(b) 
the product: 
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(b) the product: 
 
(i) 
complies with 
(i) complies with Chapters 
(i) complies with Chapters II, III 
Not acceptable 
Chapters II, III and IV and 
II, III and IV and all 
and IV and with all relevant 
The certificate is delivered to 
all operators, including 
operators, and group of 
implementing rules and all 
operators, not assigned to products 
the exporters in the third 
operators including the 
operators, including groups of 
in the case of compliance (see GA 
country concerned, have 
exporters in the third 
operators, and exporters in the 
Art 28, para 1(c)). Against WTO 
been subject to the control 
country concerned, have 
third country concerned, have been 
rules 
of control authorities or 
been subject to the control 
subject to the control of control 
control bodies recognised 
of control authorities or 
authorities or control bodies 
 
in accordance with Article 
control bodies recognised 
recognised in accordance with 
29; or 
in accordance with Article  Article 29 and the product, upon 
29 and are provided by 
being imported, is provided by 
these authorities or 
those authorities or control bodies 
bodies with a certificate 
with a certificate of inspection 
confirming that all 
confirming that all operators and 
operators or groups of 
their products are in compliance 
operators are in 
with this Regulation; or 
compliance with this 
Regulation
; or 
(ii) 
comes from a third 
(ii) 
comes from a 
(ii) comes from a third country 
Not acceptable 
country which is 
third country which is 
which is recognised in accordance 
GA text preferred 
recognised in accordance 
recognised in accordance 
with: 
with: 
with: Article 30; or 
 
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Article 31;.and complies 
 
with the equivalent 
production and control 
rules of that third 
country and is imported 
with a certificate of 
inspection issued by the 
competent authorities, 
control authorities or 
control bodies of that 
third country confirming 
this compliance; or 

- Article 30; or 
 
– Article 30; or 
 
- Article 31; 
 
– Article 31; 
 
 
(iia) 
comes from a 
 
 
third country which is 
recognised in accordance 
with Article 30 and 
complies with the 
conditions laid down in 
the relevant trade 
agreement; 

(c) 
the operators in third countries 
(c) 
the operators in third 
(c) the exporters in third countries 
Not acceptable  
are able to provide at any time, to 
countries are able to provide 
are able to provide at any time, to 
 
the importers or the national 
at any time, to the importers 
their control bodies, the importers 
authorities information allowing the 
or the national authorities 
and the national authorities
The 2nd part of (c) seems to 
identification of the operator who 
information allowing the 
information enabling all operators 
duplicate the  para 2: provides for 
who carried out operations to be 
specific conditions, to be set via 
 
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carried out the last operation with a 
identification of the operator 
identified, including the respective 
DA, for specific products imported 
view to ensuring the traceability of 
who carried out the last 
control authority or control body
from Third countries which do not 
the organic product. 
operation and his control 
with a view to ensuring the 
comply with the Regulation due to 
authority or control body 
traceability of the organic product 
specific climate and local 
with a view to ensuring the 
back to all operators involved. The  conditions. 
traceability of the organic 
exporters shall make such 
 
product. This information 
information available to the 
shall be made available also  control bodies or control 
 
to the control bodies or the 
authorities of the importers
 
control authorities of the 
After (a date, to be inserted which 
importers. 
 
corresponds to 5 years following 
the date of application of this 
Regulation), by way of derogation 
from point (b)(i) of the first 
subparagraph, when a product 
cannot comply with Chapters II, 
III and IV in a given third country 
because of specific climate and 
local conditions, and in order to 
avoid a supply disruption of the 
internal market for that specific 
product, the Commission shall be 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
in accordance with Article 36 
laying down specific conditions 
according to which the product 
may be imported from the third 
country in order to be placed on 
the market within the Union as an 
organic product. Such specific 
conditions shall apply for a 

 
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maximum of (2) years. Such 
specific conditions shall also apply 
from ...(the date of application of 
this Regulation) to the outermost 
regions of the Union where the 
product concerned is also 
produced.
 
Amendment 232 
Article 28 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. In order to ensure the traceability  Acceptable 
traceability of the imported products 
traceability of the imported 
of the imported products intended 
 
intended to be placed on the market 
products intended to be placed on  to be placed on the market within 
within the Union as organic, the 
the market within the Union as 
the Union as organic and their 
 
Commission shall be empowered to 
organic, the Commission shall be 
compliance with this Regulation, 
 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
empowered to adopt delegated 
the Commission shall adopt 
 
with Article 36 concerning 
acts in accordance with Article 36  implementing acts laying down 
documents, issued in electronic 
concerning documents, issued in 
specific rules for the content of the 
form wherever possible, that are 
electronic form wherever 
certificates referred to in 
necessary for the purposes of 
possible, that are necessary for 
paragraph 1 and the procedure to 
import. 
the purposes of import. The 
be followed for the establishment 
traceability of imported products 
and control of those certificates, in 
intended to be placed on the 
particular concerning the role of 
market within the Union as 
the competent authorities, control 
organic and their compliance 
authorities and control bodies, and 
with this Regulation have to be 
the possibility of taking regional 
ensured. The Commission shall 
differences into account in 
by way of implementing acts lay 
balancing ecological, climate and 
down specific rules concerning 
local conditions, as well as 
the content of the certificates 
practical conditions regarding 
 
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referred to in paragraph 1 and 
specific production matters
the procedure to be followed for 
Those implementing acts shall be 
their issuance and verification, in 
adopted in accordance with the 
particular as regards the role of 
examination procedure referred to 
competent authorities, control 
in Article 37(2). 
authorities and control bodies 
and the possibility to take into 
account regional differences in 
ecological balance, climate and 
local conditions, as well as 
specific production practices.
 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37 (2). 

Amendment 233 
Article 28 (2) (a) (new) 
 
 
2a. The provisions relating to 
Could be in a recital. More 
Commission supervision in third 
apropriate to have it as an objective 
countries shall be strengthened. It 
is also important to strengthen 
supervision and controls in 
equivalence agreements with third 
countries.
 
Amendment 234 
Article 28 (3) 
3. 
The respect of the conditions 
3. 
The respect of the conditions 
3. The respect of the conditions and  Not acceptable 
 
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and measures for the import of 
and measures for the import of 
measures for the import of organic 
The ref to chap V is superfluous 
organic products into the Union shall  organic products into the Union 
products into the Union shall be 
because it does not contain controls 
be ascertained at border control 
shall be ascertained at border 
ascertained by the control 
measures for the imported products 
posts, in accordance with Article 
control posts, in accordance with 
provisions laid down in Chapter V 
at the border, but concerns the 
45(1) of Regulation (EU) No 
Article 45(1) of Regulation (EU) 
and at border control posts, in 
control of the operators 
XXX/XXX (Official controls 
No XXX/XXX (Official controls 
accordance with Article 45(1) of 
regulation). The physical checks 
regulation). The physical checks 
the Official controls Regulation. 
Deletion of physical checks could 
referred to in Article 47(3) of that 
referred to in Article 47(3) of that 
weaken the efficiency of the 
Regulation shall be performed at a 
Regulation shall be performed at a 
controls 
frequency dependent on the risk of 
frequency dependent on the risk 
non-compliance with this 
likelihood of non-compliance with 
Regulation. 
this Regulation. 
Article 29 
Amendment 235 
Article 29 - title 
Recognition of control authorities 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Recognition of control bodies 
Not acceptable 
and control bodies 
Recognition can also apply to 
control authorities 
1. 
The Commission may adopt 
1. 
The Commission may adopt 
Commission proposal unchange 
GA text preferred 
implementing acts recognising, or 
implementing acts recognising, or 
withdrawing the recognition of 
withdrawing the recognition of 
control authorities and control 
control authorities and control 
bodies which fulfil the criteria set 
bodies which fulfil the criteria set 
out in a delegated act adopted 
out in a delegated act adopted 
pursuant to paragraph 7 and which 
pursuant to paragraph 7 and 
are competent to carry out controls 
which are competent to carry out 
in third countries, and establishing a 
controls and to issue an organic 
list of those control authorities and 
certificate in third countries, and 
 
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control bodies. Those implementing 
establishing a list of those control 
acts shall be adopted in accordance 
authorities and control bodies. 
with the examination procedure 
Those implementing acts shall be 
referred to in Article 37(2). 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2). 
 
1a. 
The control authorities or 
 
GA text preferred 
control bodies shall be recognised 
for the import of the categories of 
products as listed in Article 
25(5a).
 
 
1b.  In order to be recognised, 
 
GA text preferred 
the control authorities and 
control bodies shall fulfil the 
following criteria: 

 
(a)  control authorities 
 
GA text preferred 
and control bodies shall be 
legally established in one 
Member State or third 
country; 

 
(b)  control authorities 
 
GA text preferred 
and control bodies shall 
have the capacity to carry 
out controls to ensure that 
the conditions set out in 
Article 28(1)(a), (b)(i) and 
(c) and in this Article are 

 
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met for organic products 
intended for import into the 
Union; 

 
(c) 
control authorities 
 
GA text preferred 
and control bodies shall 
offer adequate guarantees 
of objectivity and 
impartiality and be free 
from any conflict of interest 
as regards the exercise of 
control tasks; 

 
(d)  control bodies shall be   
GA text preferred 
accredited to the relevant 
harmonised standard for 
‘Conformity assessment – 
Requirements for bodies 
certifying products, 
processes and services’, the 
reference of which has been 
published in the Official 
Journal of the European 
Union

 
(e) 
control authorities 
 
GA text preferred 
and control bodies shall 
have the expertise, 
equipment and 
infrastructure required to 
carry our control tasks and 

 
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a sufficient number of 
suitable qualified and 
experienced staff; 

 
(f) 
additional criteria that   
GA text preferred 
may be laid down in a 
delegated act, adopted 
pursuant to paragraph 7. 

2. 
The control bodies shall be 
2. 
The control bodies shall be 
Commission proposal unchange 
GA solution preferred (see Article 
accredited to the relevant 
accredited to the relevant 
29(3) of GA) 
harmonised standard for 
harmonised standard for 
‘Conformity assessment – 
‘Conformity assessment – 
Requirements for bodies certifying 
Requirements for bodies 
products, processes and services’, 
certifying products, processes 
the reference of which has been 
and services’, the reference of 
published in the Official Journal of 
which has been published in the 
the European Union
Official Journal of the European 
Union
.  
3. 
The accreditation referred to in  3. 
The accreditation referred to 
Commission proposal unchange 
GA text preferred 
paragraph 2 may only be granted by:  in paragraph 2 1b(d) may only be 
granted by: 
(a) 
a national accreditation 
(a) 
a national accreditation 
Commission proposal unchange 
GA text preferred 
body in the Union in 
body in the Union in 
accordance with Regulation 
accordance with Regulation 
(EC) No 765/2008 of the 
(EC) No 765/2008 of the 
 
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European Parliament and of 
European Parliament and of 
the Council57; or 
the Council58; or 
 
Amendment 236 
Article 29 (3) (b) 
(b) 
an accreditation body 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) an accreditation body outside 
GA text preferred 
outside the Union that is a 
the Union that is a signatory to a 
signatory of a multilateral 
multilateral recognition 
recognition arrangement under 
arrangement for product 
the auspices of the 
certification under the auspices of 
International Accreditation 
the International Accreditation 
Forum. 
Forum or its regional bodies, and 
which has proven competence in 
the accreditation of organic 
certification
. 
4. 
When examining requests for 
4. 
Control authorities and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
recognition, the Commission shall 
control bodies shall submit to the 
invite the control authority or control  Commission a request for 
body to supply all the necessary 
recognition consisting of a 
information. 
technical dossier containing all 
the information needed to ensure 

The recognised control bodies or 
that the criteria set out in 
control authorities shall provide the 
paragraph 1b are met. When 
                                                 
57 
Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and 
market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, p. 30). 
58 
Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and 
market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, p. 30). 
 
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certificate issued by the accreditation  examining requests for recognition, 
body or respectively the assessment 
the Commission shall invite the 
report issued by the competent 
control authority or control body to 
authority, and, as appropriate, 
supply all the necessary 
reports on the regular on-the-spot 
information.  
evaluation, surveillance and 
multiannual re-assessment of their 
The recognised control bodies or 
activities. 
control authorities shall provide the 
accreditation certificate issued by 
the accreditation body or 
respectively the latest assessment 
report issued by the competent 
authority, and, as appropriate, latest 
reports on the regular on-the-spot 
evaluation, surveillance and 
multiannual re-assessment of their 
activities. 
5. 
Based on the information 
5. 
Based on the information 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
referred to under paragraph 4, the 
referred to under paragraph 4 and 
Commission shall ensure appropriate  on any other relevant 
supervision of the recognised control  information related to the control 
authorities and control bodies by 
authority or control body, the 
regularly reviewing their 
Commission shall ensure 
recognition. For the purposes of that 
appropriate supervision of the 
supervision, the Commission may 
recognised control authorities and 
request additional information from 
control bodies by continuously 
the accreditation bodies or, as 
regularly reviewing their 
appropriate, the competent 
performance and recognition. For 
authorities. 
the purposes of that supervision, the 
Commission may request additional 
 
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information from the accreditation 
bodies or, as appropriate, the 
competent authorities. 
6. 
The nature of the supervision 
6. 
The nature of the supervision 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
shall be determined on the basis of 
shall be determined on the basis of 
an assessment of the risk of non-
an assessment of the risk 
compliance. 
likelihood of non-compliance 
taking into account in particular 
the activity of the control 
authority or control body, the 
type of products and operators 
under its control and the changes 
in the production standard and 
control measures

Amendment 237 
Article 29 (7) 
7. 
In order to ensure the 
7. 
In order to ensure the 
7. In order to ensure the 
Partly acceptable 
transparency of the recognition and 
transparency of the recognition and 
transparency of the recognition and 
The limitation of empowerement is 
supervision procedures, the 
supervision procedures, the 
supervision procedures, the 
acceptable, unde the condition that 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to  Commission shall be empowered to  the criteria are listed. 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
GA’s is prefereable because  
with Article 36 concerning the 
with Article 36 concerning 
with Article 36 supplementing the 
criteria to be applied to the 
supplementing the criteria laid 
criteria to be applied to the 
criteria have been listed (Art 29.1b) 
recognition, or the withdrawal of the 
down in paragraph 1b to be 
recognition, or the withdrawal of 
 
recognition, of the control 
applied to the recognition, or the 
the recognition, of the control 
The procedure leading to 
authorities and control bodies 
withdrawal of the recognition, of 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1, as  withdrawal of the recognition is 
referred to in paragraph 1, as well as 
the control authorities and control 
well as laying down provisions 
covered by Art 29.7a. (by IA) 
concerning the exercise of the 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1, as  concerning the exercise of the 
supervision by the Commission, 
 
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supervision by the Commission, 
well as laying down provisions 
including through on-the-spot 
The last part of the amendment 240 
including through on-the-spot 
concerning the exercise of the 
examinationsIn the event that 
leads to confusion because it only 
examination. 
supervision by the Commission, 
serious or repeated infringements 
refers to  one reason for the 
including through on-the-spot 
of the rules governing inspection 
withdrawal of the recognition of the 
examination. 
and certification are detected, 
CB and ignores other possible 
recognition of the control bodies 
reasons for withdrawal.. 
concerned shall be immediately 
withdrawn, in the third countries 
concerned as well as throughout 
the Union market, in respect of 
national accreditation bodies 
established in the Union in 
accordance with Regulation (EC) 
No 765/2008.
 
 
7a. 
The Commission shall 
 
GA text preferred 
adopt implementing acts laying 
down specific rules concerning 
the procedure to be followed for 
the recognition of the control 
authorities and control bodies 
referred to in paragraph 1, 
including the content of the 
technical dossier to be submitted, 
as well as the procedure to be 
followed for the withdrawal of 
the recognition
. Those 
implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

 
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7b.  In order to ensure 
 
GA text preferred 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
transparency of controls of 
imported products, the 
Commission shall be empowered 
to adopt delegated acts in 
accordance with Article 36 
concerning the controls and other 
actions to be performed by 
control authorities and control 
bodies recognised by the 
Commission for the purpose of 
this Article. 

Amendment 238 
Article 29 (7) (a) (new) 
 
 
7a. The Commission shall be 
Not acceptable  
empowered to adopt delegated acts  Covered by IA in Art 29.7a. 
in accordance with Article 36 
laying down specific rules 

“Control authorities” is also 
concerning the procedure to be 
missing 
followed for the recognition of the 
control bodies referred to in 
paragraph 1, including the content 
of the technical dossier to be 
submitted, as well as the procedure 
to be followed for a withdrawal of 
recognition.
 
Amendment 239 
 
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7b. In order to ensure the 
Partly Acceptable 
effectiveness, efficiency and 
Except for the omission of control 
transparency of controls of 
authorities (see Art 29. 7b of GA) 
imported products, the 
Commission shall be empowered 

 
to adopt delegated acts in 
accordance with Article 36 
concerning the controls and other 
actions to be performed by control 
bodies recognised by the 
Commission for the purpose of 
this Article. 

Amendment 240 
Article 29 (8) 
8. 
The Commission may adopt 
Commission proposal unchanged 
8. The Commission shall be 
Not acceptable 
implementing acts to ensure the 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
IA issue 
application of measures in relation to 
in accordance with Article 36 
cases of non-compliance affecting 
concerning the application of 
the integrity of organic products 
measures in relation to cases of 
imported under the recognition 
non-compliance affecting the 
provided for in this Article or 
integrity of organic products 
suspicion of such cases. Such 
imported under the recognition 
measures may consist in particular in 
provided for in this Article or 
the verification of the integrity of the 
suspicion of such cases. Such 
organic products before placing the 
measures may consist in particular 
products on the market within the 
in the verification of the integrity of 
Union and, where appropriate, the 
the organic products before placing 
suspension of the authorisation of 
the products on the market within 
 
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placing on the market within the 
the Union and, where appropriate, 
Union of such products as organic. 
the suspension of the authorisation 
Those implementing acts shall be 
of placing on the market within the 
adopted in accordance with the 
Union of such products as organic. 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2).
 
Amendment 241 
Article 29 (9) 
9. 
On duly justified imperative 
Commission proposal unchanged 
9. On duly justified imperative 
Not acceptable 
grounds of urgency relating to the 
grounds of urgency relating to the 
This amendment removes the 
protection against unfair practices or 
protection against unfair practices 
possibility of the suspension of the 
practices which are incompatible 
or practices which are incompatible  authorisation of placing on the 
with the principles and rules on 
with the principles and rules on 
market of non compliant products 
organic production, the protection of 
organic production, the protection 
by way of immediately applicable 
consumers' confidence or the 
of consumers' confidence or the 
IA. 
protection of fair competition 
protection of fair competition 
between operators, the Commission 
between operators, the Commission   
shall adopt immediately applicable 
shall adopt immediately applicable 
implementing acts in accordance 
implementing acts in accordance 
with the procedure referred to in 
with the procedure referred to in 
Article 37(3) to take the measures 
Article 37(3) to decide on the 
referred to in paragraph 8 of this 
withdrawal of recognition of the 
Article or to decide on the 
control authorities and control 
withdrawal of the recognition of the 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1 of 
control authorities and control 
this Article. 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1 of 
this Article. 
Article 30 
 
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Equivalence under a trade 
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agreement 
A recognised third country referred 
A recognised third country referred 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
to in the first indent of Article 
to in the first indent of Article 
28(1)(b)(ii) is a third country which 
28(1)(b)(iia) is a third country 
the Union has recognised under a 
which the Union has recognised 
trade agreement as having a system 
under a trade agreement as having a 
of production meeting the same 
system of production meeting the 
objectives and principles by 
same objectives and principles by 
applying rules which ensure the 
applying rules which ensure the 
same level of assurance of 
same level of assurance of 
conformity  as those of the Union. 
conformity  as those of the Union. 
Amendment 242 
Article 30 (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
The Commission shall publish, 
Not acceptable 
and shall provide the European 
Covered by Art 218 of TFEU 
Parliament and the Council with, 
regular status reports on all 

(procedure for trade agreements) 
ongoing negotiations on such 
trade agreements and a list of 
differences between the production 
rules and the control measures in 
the third country involved 
compared to the rules and 
measures that are applied within 
the Union. The final results of the 
negotiations shall be presented to 
the European Parliament and the 

 
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listing in detail any differences 
between the production rules and 
control measures applied in the 
third country concerned and those 
applied in the Union.
 
 
 
The Commission shall present a 
 
proposal on how to deal with the 
differences between the third 
country in question and the 
European Union when it comes to 
the production rules and the 
control measures. 

 
 
The Commission shall publish a 
 
list of the differences between the 
production and control provisions 
contained in all existing trade 
agreements covered by this Article. 

Article 31 
Equivalence under Regulation 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
(EC) No 834/2007 
Amendment 243 
Article 31 (1) (1) 
1. 
A recognised third country 
1. 
A recognised third country 
A recognised third country as 
Partly acceptable 
referred to in the second indent of 
referred to in the second indent of 
referred to in point (b)(ii) of the 
Art 31 (1) covers third country 
Article 28(1)(b)(ii) is a third country 
Article 28(1)(b)(ii) is a third 
first subparagraph of Article 28(1)  recognised under 834/2007 and not 
which has been recognised for the 
country which has been recognised 
is a third country which has been 
under ttrade agreement (Art 30). 
 
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purpose of equivalence under 
for the purpose of equivalence 
recognised for the purposes of 
This amendment does not work. 
Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
under Article 33(2) of Regulation 
equivalence under Article 33(2) of 
834/2007, including those 
(EC) No 834/2007, including those 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007. 
recognised under the transitional 
recognised under the transitional 
measure provided for in Article 42. 
measure provided for in Article 
420
The recognition of the third 
The recognition of the third 
 
GA text preferred 
countries referred to in the first 
countries referred to in the first 
subparagraph shall expire on [a date 
subparagraph shall expire on 31 
to be inserted which corresponds to 
December 2022 [a date to be 
5 years following the date of 
inserted which corresponds to 5 
application of the Regulation]. 
years following the date of 
application of the Regulation]

Amendment 244 
Article 31 (2) 
2. 
On the basis of annual reports 
2. 
On the basis of annual reports  2. On the basis of annual reports to 
Partly acceptable 
to be sent to the Commission, by 31 
to be sent to the Commission, by 31  be sent to the Commission, by 31 
“and in the light of any other 
March of each year, by the third 
March of each year, by the third 
March of each year, by the third 
information received” : acceptable 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
“continuously” is stricter than 
regarding the implementation and 
regarding the implementation and 
regarding the implementation and 
enforcement of the control measures 
enforcement of the control 
enforcement of the control 
annually, and should be prefered to 
“annually”
established by them, the 
measures established by them, and 
measures established by them, and 
 
Commission assisted by the Member  in the light of any other 
in the light of any other 
States shall ensure appropriate 
information received, the 
information received, the 
supervision of the recognised third 
Commission assisted by the 
Commission, assisted by the 
countries by regularly reviewing 
Member States shall ensure 
Member States, shall ensure 
their recognition. The nature of the 
appropriate supervision of the 
appropriate supervision of the 
supervision shall be determined on 
recognised third countries by 
recognised third countries by 
annually reviewing their 
 
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the basis of an assessment of the risk  continuously regularly reviewing 
recognition. The nature of the 
of non-compliance. 
their recognition. The nature of the 
supervision shall be determined on 
supervision shall be determined on 
the basis of an assessment of the 
the basis of an assessment of the 
risk of non-compliance, taking into 
risk likelihood of non-compliance
account in particular the volume 
taking into account in particular 
of exports to the Union from the 
the volume of exports to the 
third country concerned, the 
Union from that third country, 
results of the monitoring and 
the results of the monitoring and 
supervisory activities carried out 
supervisory activities carried out 
by the competent authority and the 
by the competent authority and 
results of previous controls. The 
the results of previous controls. 
Commission shall regulary report 
to the European Parliament and 
the Council on the outcome of its 
review
. 
3. 
The control bodies performing 
3. 
The control bodies 
Commission proposal unchanged 
GA text preferred 
controls in the third countries 
performing controls in the third 
referred to in paragraph 1 shall be 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
accredited to the relevant 
shall be accredited to the relevant 
harmonised standard for 
harmonised standard for 
‘Conformity assessment – 
‘Conformity assessment – 
Requirements for bodies certifying 
Requirements for bodies certifying 
products, processes and services’, 
products, processes and services’, 
the reference of which has been 
the reference of which has been 
published in the Official Journal of 
published in the Official Journal of 
the European Union. If the 
the European Union. If the 
accreditation is not granted by a 
accreditation is not granted by a 
national accreditation body in the 
national accreditation body in the 
Union in accordance with 
Union in accordance with 
Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, it 
Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, it 
 
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may only be granted by an 
may only be granted by an 
accreditation body outside the Union  accreditation body outside the 
that is a signatory of a multilateral 
Union that is a signatory of a 
recognition arrangement under the 
multilateral recognition 
auspices of the International 
arrangement under the auspices 
Accreditation Forum. 
of the International Accreditation 
Forum.
  
4. 
The Commission shall, by 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
means of an implementing act, 
establish a list of the third countries 
referred to in paragraph 1 and may 
amend that list by means of 
implementing acts. Those 
implementing acts shall be adopted 
in accordance with the examination 
procedure referred to in Article 
37(2). 
5. 
In order to ensure the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Acceptable 
management of the list of third 
countries referred to in paragraph 4, 
the Commission shall be empowered 
to adopt delegated acts in 
accordance with Article 36 
concerning the information to be 
sent by those third countries 
necessary for the supervision of their 
recognition by the Commission, as 
well as the exercise of that 
supervision by the Commission, 
 
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including through on-the-spot 
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Amendment 245 
Article 31 (6) 
6. 
The Commission may adopt 
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6. The Commission shall be 
Not acceptable 
implementing acts to ensure the 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
IA issue 
application of measures in relation to 
in accordance with Article 36 
cases of non-compliance affecting 
concerning the application of 
Imposition of sanctions could be 
the integrity of organic products 
common measures and procedures 
problematic from a legal point of 
imported from third countries 
for the imposition of sanctions in 
view 
referred to in this Article or 
relation to cases of non-
 
suspicion of such cases. Such 
compliance, or suspected non-
measures may consist in particular in 
compliance, affecting the status of 
the verification of the integrity of 
organic products imported from 
the organic products before placing 
third countries referred to in this 
the products on the market within 
Article. Such measures may 
the Union and, where appropriate, 
consist, in particular, in verification 
the suspension of the authorisation 
of the status of the organic products 
of placing on the market within the 
before they are placed on the 
Union of such products as organic. 
market within the Union and, where 
Those implementing acts shall be 
appropriate, suspension of the 
adopted in accordance with the 
authorisation to place them on the 
examination procedure referred to 
market within the Union as organic 
in Article 37(2). 
products. 
 
 
 
Article 31a 
Report from the Commission on 
 
 
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the application of Articles 30 and 
 
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By 31 December 2020 the 
 
 
GA text preferred 
Commission shall present a 
report to the European 
Parliament and the Council on 
the state of play concerning the 
application of Articles 30 and 31, 
in particular as regards the 
recognition of third countries for 
the purpose of equivalence.
 
Chapter VII 
General provisions 
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SECTION 1 
FREE MOVEMENT OF 
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ORGANIC PRODUCTS 
Article 32 
Non-prohibition and non-
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restriction of the marketing of 
organic products
 
1. 
Competent authorities, control 
1. 
Competent authorities, 
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authorities and control bodies may 
control authorities and control 
not, on grounds relating to the 
bodies may not, on grounds relating 
production, to the labelling or to the 
to the production, to the labelling or 
presentation of the products, prohibit  to the presentation of the products, 
or restrict the marketing of organic 
prohibit or restrict the marketing of 
 
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products controlled by another 
organic products controlled by 
competent authority, control 
another competent authority, 
authority or control body located in 
control authority or control body 
another Member State, if those 
located in another Member State, if 
products comply with this 
those products comply with this 
Regulation. In particular, no official 
Regulation. In particular, no official 
controls and other official activities 
controls and other official activities 
other than those under Regulation 
other than those under Regulation 
(EU) No XXX/XXX (Official 
(EU) No XXX/XXX (Official 
controls Regulation) may be 
controls Regulation) may be 
performed and no fees for official 
performed and no fees for official 
controls and other official activities 
controls and other official activities 
other than those under Article 76 of 
other than those provided for in 
that Regulation may be collected. 
Chapter VI under Article 76 of 
that Regulation may be collected. 
Amendment 246 
Article 32 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure the proper 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
deleted 
Acceptable 
functioning of the single market 
proper functioning of the single 
and trade between Member States, 
market and trade between 
the Commission shall be 
Member States, the Commission 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
shall be empowered to adopt 
in accordance with Article 36 
delegated acts in accordance with 
laying down rules relating to the 
Article 36 laying down rules 
free movement of organic products 
relating to the free movement of 
for the purposes of paragraph 1 of 
organic products for the purposes 
this Article. 
of paragraph 1 of this Article. 
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REPORTING 
Article 33 
Amendment 247 
Article 33 - title 
Information relating to the organic 
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Not acceptable 
sector and trade 
sector 
Information on trade is also needed 
 
Amendment 248 
Article 33 (1) 
1. 
Each year Member States shall  1. 
Each year Member States 
1. Each year Member States shall 
Partly acceptable 
transmit to the Commission the 
shall transmit to the Commission 
transmit to the Commission the 
 
information necessary for the 
the information necessary for the 
relevant statistical data for the 
implementation and monitoring of 
implementation and monitoring of 
implementation and monitoring of 
In the EP amendment, to include: 
“..//…
the application of this Regulation. 
the application of this Regulation
the application of this Regulation. 
informationincluding 
relevant statistical data..//”.
including the relevant statistical 
Those data shall be defined within 
 
data which shall be defined 
the context of the European 
within the context of the 
Statistical programme. 
European Statistical programme. 
The information shall relate to 
the organic production of the 
Member States, in particular as 
regards numbers of organic 
operators and groups of 
operators, numbers of organic 
holdings including mixed 

 
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holdings, volumes of organic crop 
production per type of crop, crop 
area under conversion and under 
organic production, organic 
livestock numbers and volumes of 
organic animal products, volumes 
of industrial production per type 
of activity, number of organic 
aquaculture animal production 
sites, volume of organic 
aquaculture production, number 
of organic algae production sites, 
volume of organic algae 
production

Amendment 249 
Article 33 (2) 
2. 
The Commission shall adopt 
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2. The Commission shall be 
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implementing acts as regards the 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
IA should be maintained 
system to be used for transmitting 
in accordance with Article 36 
the information referred to in 
concerning the system to be used 
 
paragraph 1, the details of 
for transmitting the information 
information to be transmitted, and 
referred to in paragraph 1, the 
the date by which that information is 
details of information to be 
to be transmitted. Those 
transmitted, and the date by which 
implementing acts shall be adopted 
that information is to be 
in accordance with the examination 
transmitted. 
procedure referred to in Article 
37(2).
 

 
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competent authorities, control 
authorities and control bodies
 
1. 
Members States shall keep a 
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regularly updated list containing: 
(a) 
the names and addresses 
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of the competent authorities; 
(b) 
the names and addresses 
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of the control authorities and 
control bodies, and their code 
numbers. 
Member States shall make public the  Member States shall transmit 
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list referred to in point (b) of the first  make public these lists, and any 
subparagraph. 
change thereof, to the 
Commission
 referred to in point 
(b) of the first subparagraph

2. 
The Commission shall publish 
2. 
The Commission shall 
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annually on the internet the list of 
regularly publish annually on the 
control authorities and control 
internet an updated the list of 
bodies referred to in point (b) of 
control authorities and control 
paragraph 1. 
bodies referred to in point (b) of 
paragraph 1. 
Article 35 
 
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Amendment 250 
Article 35 
By 31 December 2021, the 
By 31 December 20241, the 
1. By 31 December 2020the 
Not acceptable 
Commission shall present a report to  Commission shall present a report 
Commission shall present a report 
Unrealistic deadline  
the European Parliament and the 
to the European Parliament and the 
to the European Parliament and the 
Council on the availability of 
Council on the availability of 
Council based on a foresight study 
And the scope of the report is very 
organic plant reproductive material 
organic plant reproductive material,  including data collected and 
broad and detailed in light of the 
and animals for breeding purposes. 
and animals for breeding purposes 
analysis carried out in all Member 
lack of available data. 
and young stock of aquaculture 
States, and dealing specifically 
animals. This report shall be 
with the following items: 
accompanied, if appropriate, by a 
legislative proposal

 
 
(a) an analytical part on the state 
 
of development of organic farming 
and progress made as regards: 

 
 
– identification of the causes of 
 
limited access to organic plant and 
animal reproductive material as 
well as organic input in general on 
the Union market; 

 
 
– specific data on the availability 
 
of organic plant reproductive 
material and feed; 

 
 
– the availability of young poultry 
 
and parent animals for poultry 
production, including stocking 

 
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density criteria, feeding, health 
care, animal welfare and disease 
management; 

 
 
– the selection of species and sub-
 
species arising from differences in 
climate, soil, altitude and 
geography; 

 
 
– the situation of organic pig 
 
farming and poultry farming, 
including stocking density criteria, 
feeding, health care, animal 
welfare, and disease management; 

 
 
– the availability of aquaculture 
 
juveniles on the Union market; 
 
 
(b) a strategic part on measures 
 
applied or needed to improve the 
performance of organic farming 
and its institutional framework, 
including: 

 
 
– support measures established or 
 
still needed in order to close the 
gaps identified; 

 
 
– a development plan including 
 
measures aimed at providing 
support to operators who have 
committed to developing organic 
plant or animal reproductive 
material. Such measures may 

 
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include support for necessary 
investment by private operators in 
production facilities, quality 
control measures, distribution 
systems and pre-marketing 
research and development. 

 
 
2. In relation to assessing the 
 
availability of organic plant 
reproductive material, the study 
referred to in paragraph 1 shall 
also evaluate, for each relevant 
sub-market, the diversity of 
available material and the 
operators providing them, the 
current demand for such material 
and the demand forecast for the 
next five years. 

 
 
For the purposes of the study, a 
 
sub-market shall mean the tuple of 
a crop (defined as a botanical 
species or subspecies, e.g. Brassica 
oleracea) and a region, the region 
in question not being larger than a 
Member State. A Member State 
shall be divided into as many 
regions as may be necessary in 
terms of different growing 
conditions based on climate, soil 
types, and altitude or land use 
characteristics resulting in 

 
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demand for plant reproductive 
material that differs from one 
region to another, with a view to 
comparing the regional markets in 
a fair and non-discriminatory 
manner. The study shall also 
consider project grants for the 
breeding of new varieties suitable 
for organic agriculture, 
participatory capital for small and 
medium-sized enterprises 
dedicated to offering organic plant 
reproductive material and 
marketing support through 
websites run by the Commission 
and Member States. 

 
 
3. If appropriate, the report shall 
 
be accompanied by a legislative 
proposal. 

 
 
4. By 31 December 2020 at the 
A similar report is foreseen by GA 
latest, the Commission shall 
(Art 26e(2). 
present a report to the European 
A reference to a possible legislative 
Parliament and the Council on the  proposal setting up  the levels of 
presence of products or substances  unauthorised products or 
not authorised in accordance with 
substances, as well as a 
Article 19 which have been 
compensation for operator losses is 
detected in organic products, 
not acceptable 
including on exchanges of 
information between competent 
authorities, control authorities and 

 
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control bodies and exchanges of 
relevant information on the results 
of controls. The report may be 
accompanied, where appropriate, 
by a legislative proposal 
establishing the levels of 
unauthorised products or 
substances applicable to organic 
products and the systems for 
compensating operators for losses 
in connection with contamination 
where they have taken proper 
measures which may reasonably 
be implemented to prevent the risk 
of contamination. 

Chapter VIII 
Procedural, transitional and final 
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provisions 
SECTION 1 
PROCEDURAL PROVISIONS 
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Article 36 
Exercise of the delegation 
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1. 
The power to adopt delegated 
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acts is conferred on the Commission 
subject to the conditions laid down 
 
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1a. 
The delegation of power 
 
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referred to in Articles [……….] 
shall be conferred on the 
Commission for a period of 5 
years from the date of application 
of this Regulation. The 
Commission shall draw up a 
report in respect of the delegation 
of power no later than nine 
months before the end of the 5-
year period. The delegation of 
power shall be tacitly extended 
for periods of an identical 
duration, unless the European 
Parliament or the Council 
opposes such extension not later 
than three months before the end 
of each period.
 
2. 
The delegation of power 
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referred to in [……….] may be 
revoked at any time by the 
European Parliament or by the 
Council. A decision to revoke shall 
put an end to the delegation of the 
power specified in that decision. It 
shall take effect on the day following 
the publication of the decision in the 
Official Journal of the European 
 
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Union or at a later date specified 
therein. It shall not affect the validity 
of any delegated acts already in 
force. 
3. 
As soon as it adopts a 
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delegated act, the Commission shall 
notify it simultaneously to the 
European Parliament and to the 
Council. 
4. 
A delegated act adopted 
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pursuant to […..] shall enter into 
force only if no objection has been 
expressed either by the 
European Parliament or by the 
Council within a period of two 
months of notification of that act to 
the European Parliament and the 
Council or if, before the expiry of 
that period, the European Parliament 
and the Council have both informed 
the Commission that they will not 
object. That period shall be extended 
by two months at the initiative of the 
European Parliament or of the 
Council. 
Article 37 
Committee procedure 
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assisted by a Committee called the 
‘Organic production Committee’. 
That committee shall be a committee 
within the meaning of Regulation 
(EU) No 182/2011. 
2. 
Where reference is made to 
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this paragraph, Article 5 of 
Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 
shall apply. 
3. 
Where reference is made to 
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this paragraph, Article 8 of 
Regulation (EU) No 182/2011, in 
conjunction with Article 5 thereof, 
shall apply. 
 
3a. 
In the case of implementing 
 
GA text preferred 
acts referred to in this Regulation 
where the Committee delivers no 
opinion, the Commission shall not 
adopt the draft implementing act 
and the third subparagraph of 
Article 5(4) of Regulation (EU) 
No 182/2011 shall apply. 

SECTION 2 
REPEAL, AMENDMENTS, 
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Article 38 
Repeal 
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Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 is 
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repealed. 
However, Regulation (EC) No 
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834/2007 shall continue to apply for 
the purposes of completing the 
examination of pending applications 
from third countries, as provided for 
in Article 42 of this Regulation. 
Amendment 251 
Article 39 
Article 39 
deleted 
 
Article 39 
 
Transitional measures relating to 
deleted 
Acceptable 
conversion to organic farming 
Transitional measures relating to 
conversion to organic farming 

In order to ensure a smooth 
In order to ensure a smooth 
deleted 
 
transition from the old to the new 
transition from the old to the new 
legal framework, the Commission 
legal framework, the Commission 
shall be empowered to adopt 
shall be empowered to adopt 
delegated acts in accordance with 
delegated acts in accordance with 
 
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providing for a derogation from 
providing for a derogation from 
Article 8(3) in relation to 
Article 8(3) in relation to 
conversion periods for farmers 
conversion periods for farmers 
initiating conversion before the 
initiating conversion before the 
entry into force of this Regulation 
entry into force of this 
Regulation.  

Amendment 252 
Article 39 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 39a 
Not acceptable 
Transitional measures 
Goes against harmonisation 
 
 
1. Where necessary, measures to 
 
facilitate the transition from the 
rules established by Regulation 
(EC) No 834/2007 to this 
Regulation shall be adopted in 
accordance with the procedure 
referred to in Article 37(2). 

 
 
2. Transitional measures that can 
 
be applied when new provisions 
are adopted in forthcoming 
regulation: 

 
 
(a) When it is justified according 
 
to certain conditions, Member 
States can apply a transitional 
period when new EU provisions 
are introduced; 

 
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(b) The conditions are decided by 
 
delegated acts in the organic EU 
Regulation; 

 
 
(c) The conditions should protect 
 
operators against risk of market 
distortion and avoid confusion 
about the identity or profile of 
organic products amongst 
consumers. 

 
 
3. Those conditions should be: 
 
 
 
- The Member State has to 
 
demonstrate that the production is 
that small that export is not 
relevant. 

 
 
- The Member State has to 
 
demonstrate that he national 
production is that small that it 
does not make any competition 
against imported products of the 
same category. 

 
 
4. To guarantee full transparency, 
 
a Member State that apply a 
transitional period according to 
this article has to notify and send 
the relevant justification to the 
Commission and to other Member 
States; 

 
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5. A Member State can only apply 
 
a transitional period for maximum 
2 - 5 years. 

Amendment 253 
Article 40 
Article 40 
Deleted 
Acceptable 
Article 40 
Transitional measures relating to 
deleted 
Acceptable 
the origin of plant reproductive 
Transitional measures relating to 
material, animals for breeding 
the origin of plant reproductive 
purposes and young stock of 
material, animals for breeding 
aquaculture animals 
purposes and young stock of 
aquaculture animals 

In order to ensure a smooth 
In order to ensure a smooth 
deleted 
 
transition between the rules on 
transition between the rules on 
organic origin of plant reproductive  organic origin of plant 
material provided for in Article 

reproductive material provided 
12(1)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 
for in Article 12(1)(i) of 
834/2007 and on animals for 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and 
breeding purposes provided for in 
on animals for breeding purposes 
Article 14(1)(a)(ii) of that 
provided for in Article 14(1)(a)(ii) 
Regulation and on young stock of 
of that Regulation and on young 
aquaculture animals provided for in  stock of aquaculture animals 
Article 15(1)(a)(ii) of that 

provided for in Article 15(1)(a)(ii) 
Regulation and the exception to 
of that Regulation and the 
production rules that the 
exception to production rules that 
Commission adopted pursuant to 
the Commission adopted 
Article 22 of Regulation (EC) No 
pursuant to Article 22 of 
 
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834/2007, and the new production 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, 
rules for plants and plant products 
and the new production rules for 
and livestock and seaweed and 
plants and plant products and 
aquaculture animals provided for in  livestock and seaweed and 
Articles 10(1) and 11(1) and 12(1) , 

aquaculture animals provided for 
respectively, of this Regulation, the 
in Articles 10(1) and 11(1), 
Commission shall be empowered to 
respectively, of this Regulation, 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
the Commission shall be 
with Article 36 providing for 
empowered to adopt delegated 
exceptions where granting 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
exceptions is deemed necessary in 
providing for exceptions where 
order to ensure access to plant 
granting exceptions is deemed 
reproductive material and live 
necessary in order to ensure 
animals for breeding purposes and 
access to plant reproductive 
young stock of aquaculture 
material and live animals for 
animals, that may be used in 
breeding purposes and young 
organic production. The delegated 
stock of aquaculture animals, 
acts adopted under this Article shall  that may be used in organic 
cease to apply on 31 December 

production. The delegated acts 
2021. 
adopted under this Article shall 
cease to apply on 31 December 
2021. 

Article 41 
Transitional measures relating to 
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control authorities and control 
bodies recognised under Article 
33(3) of Regulation (EC) No 
834/2007
 
1. 
The recognition of control 
1. 
The recognition of control 
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authorities and control bodies 
authorities and control bodies 
granted under Article 33(3) of 
granted under Article 33(3) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 shall 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 shall 
expire on [31 December 2018] at the  expire on [31 December 20198] at 
latest. 
the latest. 
2. 
The Commission shall, by 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
means of an implementing act, 
establish a list of the control 
authorities and control bodies 
recognised under Article 33(3) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and 
may amend that list by means of 
implementing acts. Those 
implementing acts shall be adopted 
in accordance with the examination 
procedure referred to in Article 
37(2). 
3. 
In order to ensure the 
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Acceptable 
management of the list of control 
authorities and control bodies 
referred to in paragraph 2, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
with Article 36 concerning the 
information to be sent by those 
control authorities and control 
bodies necessary for the supervision 
of their recognition by the 
Commission, as well as the exercise 
 
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of that supervision by the 
Commission, including through on-
the-spot examination. 
Article 42 
Transitional measures relating to 
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Acceptable 
applications from third countries 
submitted under Article 33(2) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007
 
1. 
The Commission shall 
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complete the examination of 
applications from third countries 
submitted under Article 33(2) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 which 
are pending at the date of entry into 
force of this Regulation. Regulation 
(EC) No 834/2007 shall apply to the 
examination of such applications. 
2. 
In order to facilitate the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
completion of the examination of the 
applications referred to in paragraph 
1, the Commission shall be 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
in accordance with Article 36 
concerning the procedural rules 
necessary for the examination, 
including on the information to be 
submitted by the third countries. 
 
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Transitional measures for stocks 
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of organic products produced in 
accordance with Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007
 
Products produced in accordance 
Products produced in accordance 
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with Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
with Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
and placed on the market before 1 
and placed on the market before 1 
July 2017 may continue to be 
JulyJanuary 20187 [date of 
marketed after that date until stocks 
application of this Regulation] 
are exhausted.  
may continue to be placed on the 
market
 marketed after that date 
until stocks are exhausted. 
Amendment 254 
Article 44 
Article 44 
deleted 
Acceptable 
Article 44 
Amendments to Regulation (EU) 
deleted 
Acceptable 
No […][on official controls] 
Amendments to Regulation (EU) 
No […][on official controls

Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXXX 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXXX 
deleted 
 
(Official controls Regulation) is 
(Official controls Regulation) is 
amended as follows: 
amended as follows: 
1. 
In Article 2, points 38 and 39 
1. 
In Article 2, points 38 and 
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are replaced by the following: 
39 are replaced by the following: 
"38. 'delegated body' means a third 
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deleted 
 
party to which the competent 
third party to which the 
authorities have delegated specific 
competent authorities have 
official control tasks or other 
delegated specific official control 
official activities; 
tasks or other official activities; 
39. 'control authority for organic 
39. 'control authority for organic 
deleted 
 
production and labelling of organic  production and labelling of 
products' means a public 

organic products' means a public 
administrative organisation of a 
administrative organisation of a 
Member State to which the 
Member State to which the 
competent authorities have 
competent authorities have 
conferred, in whole or in part, their 
conferred, in whole or in part, 
competences in relation to the 
their competences in relation to 
application of the Union legislation 
the application of the Union 
in the area referred to in Article 
legislation in the area referred to 
1(2)(j), including, where 
in Article 1(2)(j), including, 
appropriate, the corresponding 
where appropriate, the 
authority of a third country or 
corresponding authority of a 
operating in a third country;";   
third country or operating in a 
third country;"; 

2. 
Article 3 is amended as 
2. 
Article 3 is amended as 
deleted 
 
follows: 
follows: 
(a) 
Paragraph 3 is replaced 
(a)  Paragraph 3 is 
deleted 
 
by the following: 
replaced by the following: 
"3. Competent authorities 
"3. Competent authorities 
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responsible for the 
3responsible for the 
verification of compliance 
verification of compliance 
with the rules referred to in 
with the rules referred to in 
point (j) of Article 1(2) may 
point (j) of Article 1(2) may 
confer official control tasks or 
confer official control tasks 
other official activities to one 
or other official activities to 
or more control authorities 
one or more control 
for organic production and 
authorities for organic 
labelling of organic products. 
production and labelling of 
In such cases, they shall 
organic products. In such 
allocate a code number to 
cases, they shall allocate a 
each of them."; 
code number to each of 
them."; 

(b) 
In paragraph 4, point 
(b)  In paragraph 4, point 
deleted 
 
(c) is replaced by the 
(c) is replaced by the 
following: 
following: 
" (c) the control authorities 
" (c) the control authorities 
deleted 
 
for organic production and 
for organic production and 
labelling of organic products 
labelling of organic 
referred to in paragraph 3;"; 
products referred to in 
paragraph 3;"; 

3. 
Article 23 is replaced by the 
3. 
Article 23 is replaced by the  deleted 
 
following: 
following: 
“Article 23 
“Article 23 
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Specific rules on official controls 
Specific rules on official controls 
deleted 
 
and on action to be taken by the 
and on action to be taken by the 
 
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competent authorities in relation to 
competent authorities in relation 
organic products and to protected 
to organic products and to 
designations of origin, protected 
protected designations of origin, 
geographical indications and 
protected geographical indications 
traditional specialties guaranteed 
and traditional specialties 
guaranteed 

1. In relation to the rules referred to  1. 
In relation to the rules 
deleted 
 
in point (j) of Article 1(2), 
referred to in point (j) of Article 
competent authorities shall: 
1(2), competent authorities shall: 
(a) in the event of non-
(a)  in the event of non-
deleted 
 
compliance that affects the 
compliance that affects the 
integrity of organic products 
integrity of organic 
throughout any of the stages 
products throughout any of 
of production, preparation 
the stages of production, 
and distribution and export, 
preparation and 
in particular due to the use of 
distribution and export, in 
prohibited or non-authorised 
particular due to the use of 
substances and techniques or 
prohibited or non-
commingling with non-
authorised substances and 
organic products, ensure that 
techniques or commingling 
no reference is made to 
with non-organic products, 
organic production in the 
ensure that no reference is 
labelling and advertising of 
made to organic production 
the entire lot or production 
in the labelling and 
run concerned; 
advertising of the entire lot 
or production run 
concerned;    

(b) in the event of repetitive or 
(b)  in the event of 
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continued non-compliance, 
repetitive or continued non-
ensure that the operators or 
compliance, ensure that the 
the group of operators 
operators or the group of 
concerned, as defined in 
operators concerned, as 
points (6) and (7) of Article 3 
defined in points (6) and (7) 
of Regulation (EU) No 
of Article 3 of Regulation 
[organic production] of the 
(EU) No [organic 
European Parliament and of 
production] of the 
the Council*, in addition to 
European Parliament and 
the measures referred to in 
of the Council*, in addition 
point (a) of this paragraph, 
to the measures referred to 
are prohibited from marketing 
in point (a) of this 
products which refer to 
paragraph, are prohibited 
organic production, and that 
from marketing products 
their organic certificate be 
which refer to organic 
suspended or withdrawn as 
production, and that their 
appropriate. 
organic certificate be 
suspended or withdrawn as 
appropriate.  

2. The Commission shall be 
2. 
The Commission shall be 
deleted 
 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
empowered to adopt delegated 
in accordance with Article 139 
acts in accordance with Article 
concerning rules for the 
139 concerning rules for the 
performance of official controls 
performance of official controls 
and other official activities to verify 
and other official activities to 
compliance with the rules referred 
verify compliance with the rules 
to in points (j) and (k) of Article 
referred to in points (j) and (k) of 
1(2), and on action to be taken by 
Article 1(2), and on action to be 
the competent authorities following 
taken by the competent 
such official controls and other 
authorities following such official 
 
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official activities. 
controls and other official 
activities.  

3. In relation to the rules referred to  3. 
In relation to the rules 
deleted 
 
in point (j) of Article 1(2), the 
referred to in point (j) of Article 
delegated acts referred to in 
1(2), the delegated acts referred 
paragraph 2 of this Article shall lay  to in paragraph 2 of this Article 
down rules on: 

shall lay down rules on: 
(a) the specific responsibilities 
(a)  the specific 
deleted 
 
and tasks of the competent 
responsibilities and tasks of 
authorities, in addition to 
the competent authorities, 
those provided for in Articles 
in addition to those 
4, 8, 9, 10(1), 11 to 13, 34(1) 
provided for in Articles 4, 
and (2), and 36, and in 
8, 9, 10(1), 11 to 13, 34(1) 
addition to Articles 25, 26, 28, 
and (2), and 36, and in 
29, 30 and 32 for the approval 
addition to Articles 25, 26, 
and supervision of delegated 
28, 29, 30 and 32 for the 
bodies, and to Articles 85 to 
approval and supervision of 
90 concerning official 
delegated bodies, and to 
certification; 
Articles 85 to 90 concerning 
official certification; 

(b) requirements additional to 
(b)  requirements 
deleted 
 
those referred to in Article 
additional to those referred 
8(1) for risk assessment and 
to in Article 8(1) for risk 
for establishing the frequency 
assessment and for 
of official controls, and of 
establishing the frequency 
sampling as appropriate, 
of official controls, and of 
taking into account the risk of 
sampling as appropriate, 
the occurrence of non-
taking into account the risk 
 
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compliance; 
of the occurrence of non-
compliance; 

(c) the frequency of official 
(c) 
the frequency of 
deleted 
 
controls on operators, and the 
official controls on 
cases where and conditions 
operators, and the cases 
under which certain such 
where and conditions under 
operators are to be exempted 
which certain such 
from certain official controls; 
operators are to be 
exempted from certain 
official controls; 

(d) methods and techniques 
(d)  methods and 
deleted 
 
for official controls additional 
techniques for official 
to those referred to in Article 
controls additional to those 
13 and Article 33(1) to (5), 
referred to in Article 13 
and specific requirements for 
and Article 33(1) to (5), and 
the performance of official 
specific requirements for 
controls aimed at ensuring 
the performance of official 
the traceability of organic 
controls aimed at ensuring 
products at all stages of 
the traceability of organic 
production, preparation and 
products at all stages of 
distribution, and at providing 
production, preparation 
assurances as to compliance 
and distribution, and at 
with the rules referred to in 
providing assurances as to 
point (j) of Article 1(2); 
compliance with the rules 
referred to in point (j) of 
Article 1(2); 

(e) actions and measures 
(e) 
actions and measures 
deleted 
 
additional to those provided 
additional to those provided 
 
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for in Article 134(2) and (3) 
for in Article 134(2) and (3) 
in case of suspicion of non-
in case of suspicion of non-
compliance, criteria 
compliance, criteria 
additional to those referred to 
additional to those referred 
in the second subparagraph 
to in the second 
of Article 135(1), and criteria 
subparagraph of Article 
and measures additional to 
135(1), and criteria and 
those provided for in Article 
measures additional to 
135(2) and in paragraph 1 of 
those provided for in 
this Article in the event of 
Article 135(2) and in 
non-compliance; 
paragraph 1 of this Article 
in the event of non-
compliance; 

(f) requirements additional to 
(f) 
requirements 
deleted 
 
those provided for in point (f) 
additional to those provided 
of Article 4(1) in relation to 
for in point (f) of Article 
the facilities and equipment 
4(1) in relation to the 
necessary to carry out official 
facilities and equipment 
controls and specific and 
necessary to carry out 
additional conditions and 
official controls and specific 
obligations to those referred 
and additional conditions 
to in Articles 25, 26, 28, 29, 
and obligations to those 
and 30 to 32 for the 
referred to in Articles 25, 
delegation of official control 
26, 28, 29, and 30 to 32 for 
tasks and other official 
the delegation of official 
activities to delegated bodies; 
control tasks and other 
official activities to 
delegated bodies;  

g)  reporting obligations 
(g)  reporting obligations 
deleted 
 
 
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additional to those referred to 
additional to those referred 
in Articles 12, 28 and 31 for 
to in Articles 12, 28 and 31 
the competent authorities, the 
for the competent 
control authorities  and the 
authorities, the control 
delegated bodies in charge of 
authorities and the 
official controls and other 
delegated bodies in charge 
official activities; 
of official controls and 
other official activities; 

(h) specific criteria and 
(h)  specific criteria and 
deleted 
 
conditions for the activation 
conditions for the activation 
and the functioning of the 
and the functioning of the 
mechanisms of administrative 
mechanisms of 
assistance provided for in 
administrative assistance 
Title IV, including  the 
provided for in Title IV, 
exchange of information 
including the exchange of 
concerning instances of non-
information concerning 
compliance or the likelihood 
instances of non-
of non-compliance between 
compliance or the 
competent authorities, control 
likelihood of non-
authorities and delegated 
compliance between 
bodies. 
competent authorities, 
control authorities and 
delegated bodies.
 
4. In relation to the rules referred to  4. 
In relation to the rules 
deleted 
 
in point (k) of Article 1(2), the 
referred to in point (k) of Article 
delegated acts referred to in 
1(2), the delegated acts referred 
paragraph 3 of this Article shall lay  to in paragraph 3 of this Article 
down rules on: 

shall lay down rules on: 
 
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(a) requirements, methods 
(a)  requirements, 
deleted 
 
and techniques additional to 
methods and techniques 
those referred to in Articles 11 
additional to those referred 
and 13 for official controls 
to in Articles 11 and 13 for 
performed to verify 
official controls performed 
compliance with product 
to verify compliance with 
specifications and labelling 
product specifications and 
requirements; 
labelling requirements; 
(b) methods and techniques 
(b)  methods and 
deleted 
 
additional to those referred to 
techniques additional to 
in Article 13 for the 
those referred to in Article 
performance of official 
13 for the performance of 
controls aimed at ensuring 
official controls aimed at 
the traceability of products 
ensuring the traceability of 
falling within the scope of the 
products falling within the 
rules referred to in point (k) 
scope of the rules referred 
of Article 1(2) at all stages of 
to in point (k) of Article 
production, preparation and 
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distribution, and at providing 
EN production, preparation 
assurances as to compliance 
and distribution, and at 
with those rules; 
providing assurances as to 
compliance with those 
rules; 

(c) specific criteria and 
(c) 
specific criteria and 
deleted 
 
content additional to those 
content additional to those 
provided for in Article 108, 
provided for in Article 108, 
for the preparation of the 
for the preparation of the 
relevant parts of the multi-
relevant parts of the multi-
annual national control plan 
annual national control 
 
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provided for in Article 107(1), 
plan provided for in Article 
and specific additional 
107(1), and specific 
content of the report provided 
additional content of the 
for in Article 112; 
report provided for in 
Article 112; 

(d) specific criteria and 
(d)  specific criteria and 
deleted 
 
conditions for activating the 
conditions for activating the 
mechanisms of administrative 
mechanisms of 
assistance provided for in 
administrative assistance 
Title IV; 
provided for in Title IV; 
(e) specific measures to be 
(e) 
specific measures to 
deleted 
 
taken, in addition to those 
be taken, in addition to 
referred to in Article 135(2) in 
those referred to in Article 
the event of non-compliance 
135(2) in the event of non-
and of serious or recurrent 
compliance and of serious 
non-compliance. 
or recurrent non-
compliance. 

5. Where appropriate, the delegated  5. 
Where appropriate, the 
deleted 
 
acts referred to in paragraphs 3 and  delegated acts referred to in 
4 shall derogate from the provisions  
paragraphs 3 and 4 shall 
of this Regulation referred to in 

derogate from the provisions of 
those paragraphs. 
this Regulation referred to in 
those paragraphs. 

* OJ L …, p. …” 
* OJ L …, p. …” 
deleted 
 
4. 
In Article 128, paragraph 1 is 
4. 
In Article 128, paragraph 1 
deleted 
 
replaced by the following: 
is replaced by the following: 
 
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"1. In the areas governed by the 
"1. In the areas governed by the 
deleted 
 
rules referred to in Article 1(2), 
rules referred to in Article 1(2), 
with the exclusion of points (d), 
with the exclusion of points (d), (e), 
(e), (g), (h) and (j) of Article 1(2), 
(g), (h) and (j) of Article 1(2), the 
the Commission may, by means 
Commission may, by means of 
of implementing acts, recognise 
implementing acts, recognise that 
that measures applied in a third 
measures applied in a third country,  country, or regions thereof, are 
or regions thereof, are equivalent to  equivalent to the requirements 
the requirements laid down in those  laid down in those rules, on the 
rules, on the basis of: 
basis of:  
(a) a thorough examination of 
(a)  a thorough 
deleted 
 
information and data 
examination of information 
provided by the third country 
and data provided by the 
concerned pursuant to Article 
third country concerned 
124(1); 
pursuant to Article 124(1); 
(b) where appropriate, the 
(b)  where appropriate, 
deleted 
 
satisfactory outcome of a 
the satisfactory outcome of 
control performed in 
a control performed in 
accordance with Article 
accordance with Article 
119(1); 
119(1); 
Those implementing acts shall be 
Those implementing acts shall be 
deleted 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
examination procedure referred 
in Article 141(2)." 
to in Article 141(2)." 
5. 
In Article 141, paragraph 1 is 
5. 
In Article 141, paragraph 1 
deleted 
 
replaced by the following: 
is replaced by the following: 
 
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"1. The Commission shall be 
"1. The Commission shall be 
deleted 
 
assisted by the Standing Committee 
assisted by the Standing 
on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed  Committee on Plants, Animals, 
established by Article 58(1) of 

Food and Feed established by 
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002. That  Article 58(1) of Regulation (EC) 
Committee shall be a Committee 

No 178/2002. That Committee 
within the meaning of Regulation 
shall be a Committee within the 
(EU) No 182/2011. For measures 
meaning of Regulation (EU) No 
falling within the area referred to in  182/2011. For measures falling 
Article 1(2)(j) of this Regulation, 

within the area referred to in 
the Commission shall be assisted by  Article 1(2)(j) of this Regulation, 
the Organic production Committee 

the Commission shall be assisted 
established by Article 37(1) of 
by the Organic production 
Regulation (EU) No  [organic 
Committee established by Article 
production]."   
37(1) of Regulation (EU) No  
[organic production]."  

Article 45 
Entry into force and application 
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This Regulation shall enter into 
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Acceptable 
force on the third day following that 
of its publication in the Official 
Journal of the European Union

It shall apply from 1 July 201759
It shall apply from 1 JulyJanuary 
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At least 6 months after enter into force.  
60 
At least 6 months after enter into force.  
 
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This Regulation shall be binding in 
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Acceptable 
its entirety and directly applicable in 
all Member States. 
Done at Brussels, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
For the European Parliament 
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For the Council 
The President 
 
 
 
The President 
[…]   
  
  
  
 
 
[…] 
 
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ANNEX I 
OTHER PRODUCTS 
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Acceptable 
REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 
2(1) 

Amendment 255 
Annex I - indent 1 
- yeasts used as food or feed, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
deleted 
Not acceptable 
Amendment 256 
Annex I - indent 2 
- beer, 
– 
beer, 
deleted 
Acceptable if ref to Annex I to  the 
TFEU is mentioned 
- maté, 
– 
maté, 
 
 
 
– 
maté, sweetcorn, vine 
 
GA text preferred 
leaves, palm hearts, hop shoots, 
and other similar edible parts of 
plants and products produced 
therefrom; 

Amendment 257 
Annex I - indent 4 
- extracts, essences and 
– 
extracts, essences and 
deleted 
Acceptable if ref to Annex I to  the 
concentrates of coffee, tea and maté  concentrates of coffee, tea and 
TFEU is mentioned 
and preparations with a basis of 
maté and preparations with a 
Except for maté that has to be 
those products or with a basis of 
basis of those products or with a 
mentioned 
 
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coffee, tea and maté; roasted 
basis of coffee, tea and maté; 
chicory and other roasted coffee 
roasted chicory and other roasted 
subsitutes, and extracts, essences 
coffee subsitutes, and extracts, 
and concentrates thereof, 
essences and concentrates 
thereof, 

Amendment 258 
Annex I - indent 5 
- fruit nectars, 
– 
fruit nectars, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment 259 
Annex I - indent 6 
- cocao paste, butter, fat, oil and 
– 
cocao paste, butter, fat, oil 
deleted 
Acceptable  
powder; chocolate, and other food 
and powder; chocolate, and other 
Already covered by processed 
preparations containing cocoa, 
food preparations containing 
products (Art 2) 
cocoa, 
Amendment 260 
Annex I - indent 7 
- sugar confectionery, 
– 
sugar confectionery, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment 261 
Annex I - indent 8 
- preparations of cereals, flour, 
– 
preparations of cereals, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
 
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starch or milk; pastrycooks' 
flour, starch or milk; 
Already covered by processed 
products, 
pastrycooks' products, 
products (Art 2) and if ref to Annex 
I to TFEU is mentioned 
Amendment 262 
Annex I - indent 9 
- soups, 
– 
soups, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment 263 
Annex I - indent 10 
- sauces, 
– 
sauces, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment 264 
Annex I - indent 11 
- cooked meals, 
– 
cooked meals, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment 265 
Annex I - indent 12 
- ice cream, 
– 
ice cream, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
Already covered by processed 
products (Art 2) 
 
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Amendment 266 
Annex I - indent 13 
- flavoured yoghurts, yoghurts 
– 
flavoured yoghurts, 
deleted 
Acceptable  
containing added fruits, nuts or 
yoghurts containing added fruits, 
Already covered by processed 
cocoa, 
nuts or cocoa, 
products (Art 2) 
Amendment267 
Annex I - indent 14 
sea salt, 
– 
sea salt and other salts for 
– salt, 
Acceptable if sea salt is mentioned  
food and feed, 
 
 
– 
silkworm cocoon suitable 
 
GA text preferred 
for reeling 
Amendment 268 
Annex I - indent 15 
- natural gums and resins, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
– natural gums, 
Not acceptable as natural resins are 
missing 
Clarification with EP about the  
deletion of resins, 
 
Amendment 269 
Annex I - indent 15 (a) (new) 
 
 
– natural corks, non-agglomerated  Acceptable if cork intended for non 
and without binders, 
food purposes is excluded. 
To be clarified with EP about other 
 
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possible uses in food ? 
- pollen, 
– 
pollen, 
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GA text preferred 
- beeswax, 
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Acceptable 
- essential oils, 
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Acceptable 
 
– 
cork stoppers of natural 
 
 
cork, not agglomerated and 
without any binding substances, 

Amendment 270 
Annex I - indent 19 
- spirit drinks, provided that the 
– 
spirit drinks, provided that 
deleted 
Acceptable 
ethyl alcohol used for the 
the ethyl alcohol used for the 
production of the spirit drinks is 
production of the spirit drinks is 
exclusively of agricultural origin. 
exclusively of agricultural origin. 
 
– 
cotton, not carded or 
 
See amendment 272 
combed, 
 
– 
wool, not carded or 
 
See amendment 273 
combed, 
 
– 
raw hides and untreated 
 
See amendment 274 
skins. 
Amendment 271 
Annex I - indent 19 (a) (new) 
 
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– aromatised wine products as 
Not acceptable 
defined in Council Regulation 
Armatised wine is already covered 
(EU) No 251/20141a. 
by processed products (Art 2) 
Amendment 272 
Annex I - indent 19 (b) (new) 
 
 
– uncarded and uncombed cotton,  Acceptable 
Amendment 273 
Annex I - indent 19 (c) (new) 
 
 
– uncarded and uncombed wools, 
Acceptable 
Amendment 274 
Annex I - indent 19 (d) (new) 
 
 
– raw hides and unprocessed 
Acceptable 
skins, 
Amendment 275 
Annex I - indent 19 (e) (new) 
 
 
– plant-based raw materials for 
Acceptable if “medicinal” is 
traditional herbal medicinal 
deleted because outside of the 
products. 
scope of the Regulation, and if 
limited to food purposes 
ANNEX II 
SPECIFIC PRODUCTION 
SPECIFIC PRODUCTION 
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RULES REFERRED TO IN 
RULES REFERRED TO IN 
 
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CHAPTER III 
CHAPTER III 
Part I: Plant production rules 
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In addition to the production rules 
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laid down in Articles 7 to 10, the 
rules set out in this Part shall apply 
to organic plant production. 
1. 
General requirements 
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Amendment 276 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.1 
1.1  Hydroponic production, which  1.1.  Hydroponic production, 
1.1. Hydroponic production is 
Not acceptable 
is a method of growing plants with 
which is a method of growing 
prohibited. 
Definition of GA to be maintained 
their roots in a nutrient solution 
plants, which are not naturally 
(1.1)  
only or in an inert medium to which  growing in water, with their roots 
a nutrient solution is added, is 
in a nutrient solution only or in an 
prohibited. 
inert medium to which a nutrient 
solution is added, is prohibited. 
 
 
1.1.a By way of derogation from 
Not acceptable  
point 1.1, growing plants in pots as  (see amendment 102 ; 
an exception to soil-bound plant 
production as defined in point 

moreover  growing  plant  in  pots  is 
(e)(ii) of Article 4 shall only be 
not  a  derogation  from  hydroponic 
allowed for seedlings or for the 
production) 
production of ornamentals and 
 
herbs if the ornamentals and herbs 
in question are sold in pots to the 

The meaning of “herbs” has to be 
clarified with the EP. 
 
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final consumer. 
 
 
Only mixtures of soil and/or soil 
 
improvers which are approved for 
use in organic farming shall be 
used. 

1.2  All plant production 
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techniques used shall prevent or 
minimise any contribution to the 
contamination of the environment. 
1.3  Conversion 
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1.3.1  For plants and plant products 
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to be considered organic, the 
production rules laid down in this 
Regulation must have been applied 
on the parcels during a conversion 
period of at least two years before 
sowing, or, in the case of grassland 
or perennial forage, at least two 
years before its use as feed from 
organic production, or, in the case of 
perennial crops other than forage, at 
least three years before the first 
harvest of organic products. 
 
1.3.1a 
By way of derogation 
 
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from article 7.1a.(ii), for the 
purpose of the conversion of 
perennial crops, which require a 

 
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cultivation period of at least three 
years, varieties that cannot be 
easily differentiated may be 
involved provided that the 
production in question forms 
part of a conversion plan and the 
conversion to organic production 
of the last part of the area 
concerned begins within the 
shortest possible period and, in 
any event, does not exceed a 
maximum of five years.  

In such cases: 
 
(i) 
appropriate measures 
 
GA text preferred 
have been taken to ensure 
the permanent separation 
of the products obtained 
from each unit concerned; 

 
(ii)  the control authority 
 
GA text preferred 
or control body is notified 
of the harvest of each of the 
products concerned at least 
48 hours in advance; 

 
(iii)  upon completion of 
 
GA text preferred 
the harvest, the producer 
informs the control 
authority or control body of 

 
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the exact quantities 
harvested on the units 
concerned and of the 
measures applied to 
separate the products; 

 
(iv)  the conversion plan 
 
GA text preferred 
and the measures to ensure 
the permanent separation 
have been approved by the 
competent authority; this 
approval shall be confirmed 
each year after the start of 
the conversion plan. 

Amendment 277 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.1 (a) (new) 
 
 
1.3.1a. For the purpose of the 
Acceptable 
conversion of perennial crops, 
Similar to new Annex II, Part I, 
which require a cultivation period 
1.3.1a of GA 
of at least three years, varieties 
that cannot be easily differentiated 
may be involved provided that the 
production in question forms part 
of a conversion plan and the 
conversion to organic production 
of the last part of the area 
concerned begins within the 
shortest possible period and, in 
any event, does not exceed five 

 
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years in duration. 
1.3.2  The competent authority may 
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decide, in the cases where the land 
has been contaminated with products 
not authorised for organic 
production, to extend the conversion 
period beyond the period referred to 
in point 1.3.1. 
Amendment 278 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.3 (1) 
1.3.3  In the case of treatment with a 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.3.3. In the case of treatment with 
Acceptable 
product not authorised for organic 
a product not authorised for organic 
production, the competent authority 
production, the competent authority 
shall require a new conversion 
shall require a new conversion 
period in accordance with point 
period for treated parts of the 
1.3.1. 
parcels in accordance with point 
1.3.1. 
 
Amendment 279 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.3 (2) - introductory part 
That period may be shortened in the 
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The competent authorities may 
Not acceptable 
following two cases: 
decide that that period may be 
Wording of GA is preferable, 
shortened in the following cases: 
clearer 
EP amendment gives more power 
to the Competent authority 
 
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Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.3 (2) (a) 
(a) 
treatment with a product  Commission proposal unchanged 
(a) parcels treated with a product 
Not acceptable 
not authorised for organic 
not authorised for organic 
Treament is more general 
production as part of a 
production as part of a compulsory 
compulsory control measure 
control measure for pests or weeds, 
for pests or weeds, including 
including quarantine organisms or 
quarantine organisms or 
invasive species, imposed by the 
invasive species, imposed by 
competent authority of the Member 
the competent authority of the 
State; 
Member State; 
Amendment 281 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.3 (1) (b) 
(b) 
treatment with a product  Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) parcels treated with a product 
Not acceptable 
not authorised for organic 
not authorised for organic 
Treament is more general 
production as part of scientific 
production as part of scientific tests 
tests approved by the 
approved by the competent 
 
competent authority of the 
authority of the Member State. 
Member State. 
 
1.3.4  In the cases referred to in 
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points 1.3.2. and 1.3.3., the length of 
the conversion period shall be fixed 
taking into account the following 
factors: 
(a) 
the process of 
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degradation of the product 
 
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concerned shall guarantee, at 
the end of the conversion 
period, an insignificant level of 
residues in the soil and, in the 
case of a perennial crop, in the 
plant; 
Amendment 282 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (b) 
(b) 
the harvest following the  Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) the harvest following the 
Partly acceptable 
treatment may not be sold with 
treatment may not be sold with 
If ref to “methods “ is deleted 
reference to organic 
reference to in-conversion or 
production. 
organic production methods. 
Amendment 283 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
Member States shall inform other 
Not acceptable 
Member States and the 
Too burdensome for MS 
Commission of any decision taken 
by them which lays down 
compulsory measures;
 
Amendment 284 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (1) (b) (new) 
 
 
In the case of treatments with a 
Not acceptable 
product which is not authorised 
 
for organic production, the 
provisions of point 1.3.5.2 shall 

linked with Amen 285 
not apply. 
 
 
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for land associated with organic 
livestock production should be as 
follows: 
1.3.5.1 
The conversion rules 
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shall apply to the whole area of the 
production unit on which animal 
feed is produced. 
Amendment 285 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.5.2 
1.3.5.2 Notwithstanding point 
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Not acceptable 
1.3.5.1., the conversion period may 
1.3.5.1, the conversion period may 
Linked with Amendment 284. 
be reduced to one year for 
be reduced to one year for 
pasturages and open air areas used 
pasturages and open air areas used 
by non-herbivore species. 
by non-herbivore species. This 
period may be reduced to six 
months where the land concerned 
has not during the last year 
received any treatment with 
products not authorised for 
organic farming.
 
1.4  Origin of plants including 
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plant reproductive material 
Amendment 286 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.4.1 to 1.4.1b 
 
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1.4.1. For the production of plants 
1.4.1. For the production of plants 
Not acceptable 
and plant products only organically 
and plant products other than 
and plant products only organically 
Stick to GA  
produced plant reproductive material  plant reproductive material, only 
produced plant reproductive 
shall be used. To this end, the plant 
organically produced plant 
material shall be used. As referred 
The amendment  is too detailed .  
intended for plant reproductive 
reproductive material shall be used.  to in Article 10(2), a database shall  Origin of plant and plant 
material production and, where 
To this end, tThe plant intended 
list the corresponding plant 
reproductive material (PRM) 
relevant, the mother plant shall have 
for plant reproductive material 
intended for plant reproductive 
should cover whether it is organic 
been produced in accordance with 
production and, where relevant, the 
material production and, where 
or not , and what should be in the 
this Regulation for at least one 
mother plant shall have been 
relevant, the mother plant shall 
database. 
generation, or, in the case of 
produced in accordance with this 
have been produced in accordance 
The whole question of PRM has to 
perennial crops, for at least one 
Regulation for at least one 
with this Regulation for at least one  be considered together with Article 
generation during two growing 
generation, or, in the case of 
generation, or, in the case of 
10(2) 
seasons. 
perennial crops, for at least one 
perennial crops, during two 
generation during two growing 
growing seasons. 
seasons. 
 
 
Plant reproductive material 
 
coming during the second year of 
conversion from a production unit 
which is run in accordance with 
this Regulation may be used for 
the production of organic plants 
and organic plant products

 
 
Operators may, in order to foster 
 
genetic resources adapted to the 
special conditions of organic 
production, use traditional crop 
varieties obtained from their own 
farm.
 
 
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1.4.1a. Varieties bred shall be used   
in accordance with the breeding 
rules laid down in this Regulation 
except in the event that the 
requisite plant reproductive 
material is not available.
 
 
 
Plant reproductive material 
 
selected for its ability to meet the 
specific needs and aims of organic 
agriculture shall be increasingly 
used and may include local breeds 
or varieties of population or open 
pollinated varieties, namely 
material not obtained by controlled 
pollination or by the hybridisation 
of inbred lines.
 
 
 
1.4.1b. For the production of 
 
organically bred varieties, the 
varieties in question shall be bred 
and selected under organic 
conditions that comply with the 
requirements of this Regulation. 
All multiplication practices except 
meristem culture shall be under 
certified organic management.  

Amendment 287 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.4.2 
1.4.2  Use of plant reproductive 
1.4.2. Use of plant reproductive 
1.4.2. Use of seed or vegetative 
Not acceptable 
propagating material not obtained 
 
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material not obtained from organic 
material not obtained from organic 
from organic production 
Same  rationale as in Amen 133 on 
production 
production  
 
Article 10(2) 
Plant reproductive material not 
Plant reproductive material not 
 
obtained from organic production 
obtained from organic 
 
may be used only when it comes 
production may be used only 
from a production unit in 
when it comes from a production 
conversion to organic production or  unit in conversion to organic 
where it is justified for use in 

production or where it is justified 
research, test in small-scale field 
for use in research, test in small-
trials or for genetic resources 
scale field trials or for genetic 
conservation purposes agreed by 
resources conservation purposes 
the competent authority of the 
agreed by the competent 
Member State. 
authority of the Member State. 
By way of derogation from point 
1.4.1., for a limited period of 
time, where plant reproductive 
material is not available on the 
market in organic form, 

 
(a)  plant reproductive 
 
GA text preferred 
material from a production 
unit in conversion to 
organic farming may be 
used. 

 
(b)  Where point (a) is not 
 
GA text preferred 
applicable, Member States 
may authorise the use of 
non-organic plant 
reproductive material, 

 
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except for seedlings. 
However, for the use of 
such non-organic material, 
points 1.4.2.1 to 1.4.2.7 
apply. 

 
1.4.2.1. 
Non-organic 
 
GA text preferred 
plant reproductive material 
may be used, provided that 
the plant reproductive 
material is not treated with 
plant protection products, 
other than those authorised 
for treatment of seed in 
accordance with point 
1.6.2., unless chemical 
treatment is prescribed in 
accordance with Regulation 
(EU) No XX/XXX of the 
European Parliament and 
of the Council (protective 
measures against pests of 
plants) for phytosanitary 
purposes by the competent 
authority of the Member 
State for all varieties of a 
given species in the area 
where the plant 
reproductive material is to 
be used. 

 
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1.4.2.2. 
Member States 
 
GA text preferred 
may confer the 
responsibility for granting 
the authorisation referred 
to in point 1.4.2.(b) to 
control authorities or 
delegate it to another public 
administration under their 
supervision or to control 
bodies. 

 
1.4.2.3. 
Authorisation to 
 
GA text preferred 
use plant reproductive 
material not obtained by 
the organic production 
method may only be 
granted in the following 
cases: 

 
(i) where no variety of 
 
GA text preferred 
the species which the 
user wants to obtain is 
registered in the 
database referred to in 
Article 10; 

 
(ii) 
where no 
 
GA text preferred 
supplier, meaning an 
operator who markets 
plant reproductive 
material to other 

 
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operators, is able to 
deliver the plant 
reproductive material 
before sowing or 
planting in situations 
where the user has 
ordered the plant 
reproductive material in 
reasonable time; 

 
(iii) 
where the 
 
GA text preferred 
variety which the user 
wants to obtain is not 
registered in the 
database referred to in 
Article 10, and the user 
is able to demonstrate 
that none of the 
registered alternatives of 
the same species are 
appropriate and that the 
authorisation therefore 
is significant for his 
production; 

 
(iv) 
where it is 
 
GA text preferred 
justified for use in 
research, test in small-
scale field trials or for 
variety conservation 
purposes agreed by the 

 
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competent authority of 
the Member State. 

 
1.4.2.4. 
The 
 
GA text preferred 
authorisation shall be 
granted before the sowing 
of the crop. 

 
1.4.2.5. 
The 
 
GA text preferred 
authorisation shall be 
granted only to individual 
users for one season at a 
time and the authority or 
body responsible for the 
authorisations shall register 
the quantities of plant 
reproductive material 
authorised. 

 
1.4.2.6. 
By way of 
 
GA text preferred 
derogation from point 
1.4.2.5., the competent 
authority of the Member 
State may grant to all users 
a general authorisation: 

 
(i) for a given species 
 
GA text preferred 
when and in so far as the 
condition laid down in 
point 1.4.2.3.(i) is 
fulfilled; 

 
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(ii) 
for a given 
 
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variety when and in so 
far as the conditions laid 
down in point 1.4.2.3.(iii) 
are fulfilled. 

 
The authorisations referred   
GA text preferred 
to in the first subparagraph 
shall be clearly indicated in 
the database referred to in 
Article 10. 

 
1.4.2.7. 
Authorisation 
 
GA text preferred 
may only be granted during 
periods for which the 
database is updated. 

 
 
1.4.2.1. In order to ensure access 
 
to seed and vegetative propagating 
material where such organic 
inputs are not available,Member 
States may authorise the use of 
non-organic seed or vegetative 
propagating material. In that case, 
points 1.4.2.2 to 1.4.2.8 shall 
apply.
 
 
 
1.4.2.2. Non-organic seed and seed   
potatoes may be used, provided 
that the seed or seed potatoes are 
not treated with plant protection 
products other than those 

 
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authorised for treatment of seed in 
accordance with Article 19(1) of 
this Regulation, unless chemical 
treatment is prescribed in 
accordance with Council Directive 
2000/29/EC1a for phytosanitary 
purposes by the competent 
authority of the Member State 
concerned for all varieties of a 
given species in the area where the 
seed or seed potatoes are to be 
used.
 
 
 
1.4.2.3. Member States may 
 
delegate responsibility for granting 
the authorisation referred to in 
point 1.4.2.1 to other public 
administrations or to the control 
authorities or bodies referred to in 
points (33) and (34) of Article 3.
 
 
 
1.4.2.4. Authorisation to use seed 
 
or vegetative propagating material 
or plants not obtained from 
organic production methods may 
only be granted in the following 
cases:
 
 
 
(a) where no variety of the species 
 
which the user wishes to obtain is 
listed in the database referred to in 
Article 10;
 
 
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(b) where no supplier, meaning an   
operator selling seed or vegetative 
propagating material or plants to 
other operators, is in a position to 
deliver the seed or vegetative 
propagating material or plants 
before sowing or planting, when 
the user has ordered them in good 
time;
 
 
 
(c) where the variety which the 
 
user wishes to obtain is not listed 
in the database referred to in 
Article 10, and the user can show 
that none of the listed varieties of 
the same species is appropriate 
and therefore authorisation is 
important for his production. 

 
 
1.4.2.5. Authorisation shall be 
 
granted before the sowing takes 
place. 

 
 
1.4.2.6. Authorisation can only be 
 
granted individually for one 
season at a time and the authority 
or body responsible for granting 
authorisations shall list the 
quantities of seed or vegetative 
propagating material or plants 
authorised. 

 
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1.4.2.7. Authorisation can only be 
 
granted at times when the 
database referred to in Article 10 
is annually updated by each 
Member State. 

 
 
1.4.2.8. In order to improve the use   
of organic seed within the Union, 
each Member State shall publish 
in the database referred to in 
Article 10 a national list of seeds 
and vegetative propagating 
material and plants that can only 
be used in organic form. That list 
must specify the species and 
subspecies for which it is 
established that the seed and 
propagating material or plants 
obtained from organic production 
are available in sufficient 
quantities and are therefore to be 
used only in organic form. 

1.5  Soil management and 
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fertilisation 
1.5.1  Organic plant production shall 
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use tillage and cultivation practices 
that maintain or increase soil organic 
matter, enhance soil stability and soil 
biodiversity, and prevent soil 
 
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compaction and soil erosion. 
Amendment 288 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.2 
1.5.2  The fertility and biological 
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1.5.2. The fertility and biological 
Not acceptable  
activity of the soil shall be 
activity of the soil shall be 
Not adapted to all production  
maintained and increased by 
maintained and increased by the 
activities, eg vegetables 
multiannual crop rotation including 
use of soil engineering, by 
legumes and other green manure 
multiannual crop rotation including 
crops, and by the application of 
mandatory leguminous crops as 
livestock manure or organic 
the main or cover crop for rotating 
material, both preferably composted, 
crops and other green manure 
from organic production. 
crops, and by the application of 
livestock manure or organic 
material, both preferably 
composted, from organic 
production. 
 
1.5.2a. 
The use of biodynamic   
GA text preferred 
preparations is allowed. 
1.5.3  Where the nutritional needs of 
1.5.3. Where the nutritional needs 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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plants cannot be met by measures 
of plants cannot be met by 
provided for in points 1.5.1. and 
measures provided for in points 
1.5.2. only fertilisers and soil 
1.5.1. and 1.5.2. only fertilisers and 
conditioners authorised for use in 
soil conditioners authorised for use 
organic production pursuant to 
in organic production pursuant to 
Article 19 may be used and only to 
Article 19 may be used and only to 
the extent necessary. 
the extent necessary. Operators 
shall keep records of the use of 

 
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these products. 
Amendment 289 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.4 
1.5.4  The total amount of livestock 
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1.5.4 The total amount of livestock 
Not acceptable 
manure, as defined in Council 
manure, as defined in Council 
 
Directive 91/676/EEC61, applied on 
Directive 91/676/EEC67, applied on 
the agricultural holding, shall not 
the parcel, shall not exceed 170 kg 
What is market garden production ? 
exceed 170 kg of nitrogen per 
of nitrogen per year/hectare of 
To be clarified with EP 
year/hectare of agricultural area 
agricultural area used. That limit 
Requirement of nitrate directive to 
used. That limit shall only apply to 
shall only apply to the use of 
be clarified (eg why to raise from 
the use of farmyard manure, dried 
farmyard manure, dried farmyard 
170 kg/ha to 240 kg/ha nitrogen?) 
farmyard manure and dehydrated 
manure and dehydrated poultry 
poultry manure, composted animal 
manure, composted animal 
 
excrements, including poultry 
excrements, including poultry 
Not in line with EGTOP report on 
manure, composted farmyard 
manure, composted farmyard 
greenhouse production 
manure and liquid animal 
manure and liquid animal 
excrements. 
excrements. The total amount of 
livestock manure applied in 
market garden production under 
shelter shall not exceed 240kg of 
nitrogen per year/hectare over the 
whole area under shelter.
 
1.5.5  Organic agricultural holdings  Commission proposal unchanged 
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may establish written cooperation 
agreements exclusively with other 
agricultural holdings and enterprises 
                                                 
61 
Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural 
sources (OJ L 375, 31.12.1991, p. 1). 
 
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which comply with the organic 
production rules, with the intention 
of spreading surplus manure from 
organic production. The maximum 
limit as referred to in point 1.5.4., 
shall be calculated on the basis of all 
of the organic production units 
involved in such cooperation. 
Amendment 290 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.6 
1.5.6  Preparations of micro-
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Not acceptable 
organisms may be used to improve 
organisms and biochar may be 
In any case should follow the 
the overall condition of the soil or 
used to improve the overall 
normal authorisation procedure via 
the availability of nutrients in the 
condition of the soil or the 
EGTOP 
soil or in the crops. 
availability of nutrients in the soil 
or in the crops. 
1.5.7  For compost activation 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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appropriate plant-based preparations 
or preparations of micro-organisms 
may be used. 
1.5.8  Mineral nitrogen fertilisers 
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shall not be used. 
Amendment 291 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.8 (a) (new) 
 
 
1.5.8a. The use of biodynamic 
Acceptable  
preparations shall be allowed. 
But the wording “is allowed” is 
 
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better (see GA, Annex II, part I, 
1.5.2a) 
Amendment 292 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.8 (b) (new) 
 
 
1.5.8b. The use of ferti-irrigation 
Not acceptable 
is prohibited. 
Hydroponic and soluble nitrogen 
already prohibited 
1.6  Pest and weed management 
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Acceptable 
Amendment 293 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.1 - introductory part 
1.6.1  The prevention of damage 
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1.6.1. The prevention of damage 
Not acceptable 
caused by pests and weeds shall rely 
caused by pests, weeds and 
disease is included in pest (see 
primarily on the protection by: 
diseases shall rely primarily on the 
definition in the reg on the 
protection by: 
protection against pests of plants) 

natural enemies,   
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the choice of species, 

the choice of species, 
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varieties and heterogeneous 
varieties and heterogeneous 
material, 
material populations

crop rotation, 
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Acceptable 

cultivation techniques 

cultivation techniques 
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such as biofumigation, and 
such as biofumigation, 
mechanical und physical 

 
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methods, and 
Amendment 294 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.1 - indent 5 

thermal processes such 
Commission proposal unchanged 
– thermal processes such as 
Not acceptable 
as solarisation and shallow 
solarisation and, exclusively for 
Reference to 10cm comes from 
steam treatment of the soil (to 
protected crops, shallow steam 
EGTOP’s report. 
a maximum depth of 10 cm)
treatment of the soil. 
 
Amendment 295 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.2 
1.6.2  Where plants cannot be 
1.6.2. Where plants cannot be 
1.6.2. Where plants cannot be 
Not acceptable 
protected adequately from pests by 
protected adequately from pests by 
protected adequately from pests
Disease is included in pest (see 
measures provided for in point 1.6.1.  measures provided for in point 
weeds and diseases by measures 
definition in the reg on the 
or in the case of an established threat  1.6.1. or in the case of an 
provided for in point 1.6.1. or in the  protection against pests of plants) 
to a crop, only products authorised 
established threat to a crop, only 
case of an established threat to a 
for use in organic production 
products authorised for use in 
crop, only products authorised for 
 
pursuant to Article 19 may be used 
organic production pursuant to 
use in organic production pursuant 
More burdensome for operators 
and only to the extent necessary. 
Article 19 may be used and only to 
to Article 19 may be used, and only   
the extent necessary. Operators 
to the extent necessary. Operators 
shall keep records of the use of 
shall keep documentation proving 
these products. 
the need for the use of such 
products.
 
Amendment 296 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.3 
1.6.3  The traps or dispensers of 
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Acceptable 
products other than pheromones 
in traps or dispensers other than 
shall prevent the substances from 
pheromones, the traps and/or 
 
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being released into the environment 
dispensers shall prevent the 
and prevent contact between the 
substances from being released into 
substances and the crops being 
the environment and shall prevent 
cultivated. The traps shall be 
contact between the substances and 
collected after use and disposed of 
the crops being cultivated. All traps 
safely
including pheromone traps shall 
be collected after use and safely 
disposed of. 
1.7  Products  used for cleaning 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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Acceptable 
and disinfection 
Amendment 297 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.7 (1) 
With regard to cleaning and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For cleaning and disinfection, 
Acceptable 
disinfection, only the products for 
products shall be used in plant 
cleaning and disinfection in plant 
production only if they are 
production authorised for use in 
authorised for use in organic 
organic production pursuant to 
production pursuant to Article 19. 
Article 19 shall be used
Amendment 298 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.7 (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
Operators shall keep 
Not acceptable 
documentation on the parcels 
This part has been deleted from GA 
concerned and on the amount of 
the harvest. 

2. 
Requirements for specific 
2. 
Requirements for specific 
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plants or plant products 
plants or plant products 
 
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2.1  Rules on mushroom 
2.1. 
Rules on mushroom 
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production 
production 
For the production of mushrooms, 
For the production of 
substrates may be used, if they are 
mushrooms, substrates may be 
composed only of the following 
used, if they are composed only of 
components: 
the following components: 
(a) 
farmyard manure and 
(a)  farmyard manure and  Commission proposal unchanged 
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animal excrements: 
animal excrements: 
(i) 
either from 
(i) either from 
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agricultural holdings 
agricultural holdings 
producing according to the 
producing according to 
organic production rules; 
the organic production 
or 
rules; or 
(ii) 
referred to in point 
(ii) 
referred to in 
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1.5.3., only when the 
point 1.5.3., only when 
product referred to in 
the product referred to 
point (i) is not available, 
in point (i) is not 
provided that these 
available, provided that 
farmyard manure and 
these farmyard manure 
animal excrements do not 
and animal excrements 
exceed 25 % of the weight 
do not exceed 25 % of 
of total components of the 
the weight of total 
substrate, excluding the 
components of the 
covering material and any 
substrate, excluding the 
added water, before 
covering material and 
composting; 
any added water, before 
 
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composting; 
(b) 
products of agricultural 
(b)  products of 
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origin, other than those 
agricultural origin, other 
referred to in point (a), from 
than those referred to in 
agricultural holdings 
point (a), from agricultural 
producing according to the 
holdings producing 
organic production rules; 
according to the organic 
production rules; 

(c) 
peat not chemically 
(c) 
peat not chemically 
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treated; 
treated; 
(d) 
wood, not treated with 
(d)  wood, not treated with  Commission proposal unchanged 
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chemical products after felling; 
chemical products after 
felling; 

(e) 
mineral products referred 
(e) 
mineral products 
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to in point 1.5.3., water and 
referred to in point 1.5.3., 
soil. 
water and soil. 
2.2  Rules concerning the 
2.2.  Rules concerning the 
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collection of wild plants 
The collection of wild plants and 
The collection of wild plants and 
parts thereof, growing naturally in 
parts thereof, growing naturally 
natural areas, forests and agricultural  in natural areas, forests and 
areas is considered as organic 
agricultural areas is considered 
production provided that: 
as organic production provided 
that: 

(a) 
those areas have not, for 
(a)  those areas have not, 
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a period of at least three years 
for a period of at least three 
before the collection, received 
years before the collection, 
treatment with products other 
received treatment with 
than those authorised for use in 
products other than those 
organic production pursuant to 
authorised for use in 
Article 19; 
organic production 
pursuant to Article 19; 

(b) 
the collection does not 
(b)  the collection does not 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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affect the stability of the 
affect the stability of the 
natural habitat or the 
natural habitat or the 
maintenance of the species in 
maintenance of the species 
the collection area. 
in the collection area. 
Part II: Livestock production 
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rules 
In addition to the production rules 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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laid down in Articles 7, 8, 9 and 11, 
the rules laid down in this Part shall 
apply to livestock production. 
2. 
General requirements 
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Amendment 299 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.1 
1.1  Where the farmer producing 
1.1.  Where the farmer producing 
1.1. Landless livestock production,  Partly acceptable  
livestock does not manage 
organic livestock does not manage 
by which the operator of the 
“with the exception of beekeeping” 
agricultural land and has not 
agricultural land and has not 
livestock does not manage 
is acceptable 
established a written cooperation 
established a written cooperation 
agricultural land and/or has not 
concluded a written cooperation 
 
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agreement with another organic 
agreement with another organic 
agreement with another operator in 
farmer, landless livestock 
farmer, landless livestock 
accordance with Annex II, Part I, 
production shall be prohibited. 
production shall be prohibited. 
point 1.5.4, shall be prohibited with 
the exception of beekeeping
. 
1.2  Conversion 
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Amendment 300 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.2.1 
1.2.1  The conversion period shall 
1.2.1. The conversion period shall 
1.2.1. The conversion period shall 
Acceptable in substance 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
start at the earliest when the 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
 
has notified his activity to the 
farmer has notified his activity to 
or operator has notified his activity 
competent authorities and subjected 
the competent authority and 
to the competent authorities and 
However  this subject is already  
his holding to the control system in 
subjected his holding to the 
subjected his holding to the control 
covered by Art 8. The text of Art 
accordance with this Regulation. 
control system in accordance 
system in accordance with this 
8(2)  is more precise and therefore 
with this Regulation. 
Regulation. 
is prefered. 
 
Amendment 301 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.2.2 
1.2.2  Conversion periods specific to 
1.2.2. Conversion periods specific 
1.2.2. In the case of non-
Not acceptable 
the type of animal production are set  to the type of animal production 
simultaneous conversion of 
out in point 2. 
are set out in point 2 for the 
pasturage/land used for animal 
animal species referred to Article 
feed and animals, the periods 
11(3) from (a) to (e) are: 
specific to the type of animal 
production set out in point 2 shall 
be applied
. 
 
(a)  12 months in the case 
 
GA text preferred 
of bovine and equine 
 
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animals for meat 
production, and in any case 
at least three quarters of 
their lifetime; 

 
(b)  six months in the case 
 
GA text preferred 
of ovine, caprine and 
porcine animals and 
animals for milk 
production; 

 
(c) 
10 weeks for poultry 
 
GA text preferred 
for meat production, except 
for Peking ducks, brought 
in before they are three 
days old;  

 
(d)  7 weeks for Peking 
 
GA text preferred 
ducks, brought in before 
they are three days old; 

 
(e) 
six weeks in the case 
 
GA text preferred 
of poultry for egg 
production, brought in 
before they are three days 
old; 

 
(f) 
12 months for bees. 
 
GA text preferred 
During the conversion 
period the wax shall be 
replaced with wax coming 
from organic beekeeping. 

 
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However,  non-organic 
beeswax may be used: 

 
(i) where beeswax from 
 
GA text preferred 
organic beekeeping is not 
available on the market; 

 
(ii) 
where it is 
 
GA text preferred 
proven free of 
contamination by 
products or substances 
not authorised for 
organic production; and 

 
(iii) 
provided that it 
 
GA text preferred 
comes from the cap. 
1.2.3  Animals and animal products 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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produced during the conversion 
period shall not be marketed as 
organic. 
Amendment 302 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.2.4 
1.2.4  Animals and animal products 
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1.2.4. The total combined 
Acceptable 
may be considered organic at the 
conversion period for both existing   
end of the conversion period if 
animals and their offspring, 
there is simultaneous conversion of 
pasturage and/or any land used 
Incentive to start conversion. 
the complete production unit, 
for animal feed, may be reduced to 
including livestock, pasturage or 
24 months if the animals are 
mainly fed with products from the 

 
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any land used for animal feed. 
production unit in conversion. 
1.3  Origin of animals 
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Amendment 303 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.3.1 
1.3.1  Organic livestock shall be born  Commission proposal unchanged 
1.3.1. Organic livestock shall be 
Partly acceptable ( “hatched is 
and raised on organic 
born or hatched and raised on 
acceptable”) 
agriculturalholdings. 
organic agricultural holdings. 
 
 
 
 
With regard to the provisions 
Not acceptable 
provided for in Article 11(1), when  goes against harmonisation 
a flock is constituted for the first 
time, renewed or reconstituted, 

The wording of GA in 1.3.51 is 
and organically reared poultry are 
prefered 
not available in sufficient numbers 
and with the prior authorisation of 
the competent authority, non-
organically reared poultry may be 
brought into an organic poultry 
production unit, provided that the 
pullets for the production of eggs 
and poultry for meat production 
are less than three days old.
 
 
 
Such livestock and products 
 
derived from it may be considered 
as organic provided that the 
conversion period specified in 
point 2.4.1 of Part II of this Annex 

 
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1.3.2  Animals existing on the 
1.3.2. Animals existing on the 
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agricultural holding at the beginning 
agricultural holding at the 
of the conversion period and their 
beginning of the conversion period 
products may be deemed organic 
and their products may be deemed 
after compliance with the applicable 
organic after compliance with the 
conversion period referred to in 
applicable conversion period 
point 2. 
referred to in point 2 1.2.2 and the 
provision of point 1.2.4

1.3.3  With regard to the breeding of 
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Acceptable 
organic animals: 
(a) 
reproduction shall use 
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Acceptable 
natural methods; however, 
artificial insemination shall be 
allowed; 
(b) 
reproduction shall not be 
(b)  reproduction cycles 
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GA text preferred 
induced by treatment with 
shall not be induced or 
hormones or similar 
impeded by treatment with 
substances, unless as a form of 
hormones or similar 
veterinary therapeutic 
substances, unless as a form 
treatment in case of an 
of veterinary therapeutic 
individual animal; 
treatment in case of an 
individual animal; 
(c) 
other forms of artificial 
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reproduction, such as cloning 
and embryo transfer, shall not 
 
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be used; 
Amendment 304 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.3.3 (d) 
(d) 
the choice of breeds shall  Commission proposal unchanged 
(d) the choice of breeds shall be 
Not acceptable 
be appropriate and shall 
appropriate to ensure a high 
Should be looked at globally, as 
contribute to the prevention of 
standard of animal welfare and 
there are other reasons other than 
any suffering and to avoiding 
shall also contribute to the 
animal welfare (eg. Resistance to 
the need for the mutilation of 
prevention of any suffering and to 
disease, type of feed, resistance to 
animals. 
avoiding the need for the mutilation  climate, etc). 
of animals. 
And Art 5(j) of Reg 834/2007 is 
different 
Amendment 305 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.3.4 to 1.3.4 (c) (new) 
1.3.4  In the choice of breeds or 
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1.3.4. In the choice of breeds or 
Partly acceptable 
strains, account shall be taken of the 
strains, account shall be taken of 
 
capacity of animals to adapt to local 
the capacity of animals to adapt to 
conditions, without impairment of 
local conditions, without 
their welfare, their vitality and their 
impairment of their welfare, their 
resistance to disease. In addition, 
vitality and their resistance to 
breeds or strains of animals shall be 
disease. In addition, breeds or 
selected to avoid specific diseases or 
strains of animals shall be selected 
health problems associated with 
to avoid specific diseases or health 
some breeds or strains used in 
problems associated with some 
intensive production, such as porcine 
breeds or strains used in intensive 
stress syndrome, pale-soft-exudative 
production, such as porcine stress 
(PSE) syndrome, sudden death, 
syndrome, pale-soft-exudative 
spontaneous abortion and difficult 
(PSE) syndrome, sudden death, 
 
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births requiring caesarean 
spontaneous abortion and difficult 
operations. Preference shall be given 
births requiring caesarean 
to indigenous breeds and strains. 
operations. Preference shall be 
given to indigenous breeds and 
strains. 
 
 
The preservation of rare and/or 
Partly acceptable 
native breeds in danger of 
This text could be put in Article 5 
extinction shall be encouraged. 
(specific principles applicable to 
agriculture activities and 
aquaculture) 
 
 
1.3.4a. Average growth and 
The remaining part of the 
production rates shall be 
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determined by the Commission in 
accordance with Article 11(2) for 
all fattening animals, including 
broilers and turkeys. Indicators 
shall be used where appropriate to 
assess and affirm the robustness 
and suitability of breeds in organic 
farming. Such indicators shall 
include average growth rates for 
all breeds and average production 
rates for all egg- and milk-
producing breeds that are 
compatible with farming duration 
rules for each species (i.e. days 
until slaughter for poultry).
 
 
 
1.3.4b. Information on breeds used   
in organic farming shall be kept in 
 
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a dedicated database that shall be 
set up by the Commission to 
promote transparency on the use 
of and information on the 
availability of breeds, including 
their adaptability to local 
conditions.
 
 
 
1.3.4c. Proper application and 
 
enforcement of breeding rules 
shall be facilitated, where 
appropriate, through rural 
development support and the 
Commission's Action Plan for the 
future of Organic Production in 
the European Union. 

1.3.5  For breeding purposes, non-
1.3.5. For breeding purposes, 
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organically raised animals may be 
non-organically raised animals 
brought onto an agricultural holding 
may be brought onto an 
when breeds are in danger of being 
agricultural holding when breeds 
lost to farming in accordance with 
are in danger of being lost to 
Annex IV to Commission 
farming in accordance with 
Regulation (EC) No 1974/200662 
Annex IV to Commission 
and in that case animals of those 
Regulation (EC) No 1974/200663 
                                                 
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Commission Regulation (EC) No 1974/2006 of 15 December 2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) 
No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (OJ L 368, 23.12.2006, 
p. 15). 
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Commission Regulation (EC) No 1974/2006 of 15 December 2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation 
(EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (OJ L 368, 
23.12.2006, p. 15). 

 
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breeds must not necessarily be 
and in that case animals of those 
nulliparous. 
breeds must not necessarily be 
nulliparous.
 
 
By way of derogation from point 
 
GA text preferred 
1.3.1, non-organic animals may 
be brought onto a holding for 
breeding purposes, only when 
organic animals are not available 
in sufficient number and subject 
to the conditions provided for in 
points 1.3.5.1 to 1.3.5.5. 

 
1.3.5.1. 
Non-organic 
 
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young animals, when a herd 
or flock is constituted for 
the first time, shall be 
reared in accordance with 
the organic production 
rules immediately after 
they are weaned. Moreover, 
the following restrictions 
shall apply at the date on 
which the animals enter the 
herd:  

 
(a) 
bovine and 
 
GA text preferred 
equine animals shall be 
less than six months old;  

 
(b) 
ovine and 
 
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caprine animals shall be 
less than 60 days old;  

 
(c) 
porcine animals 
 
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shall weigh less than 35 
kg. 

 
1.3.5.2 
Non-organic 
 
GA text preferred 
adult male and nulliparous 
female animals, for the 
renewal of a herd or flock, 
shall be reared 
subsequently in accordance 
with the organic production 
rules. Moreover, the 
number of female mammals 
is subject to the following 
restrictions per year: 

 
(a) 
up to a 
 
GA text preferred 
maximum of 10 % of 
adult equine or bovine 
animals and 20 % of the 
adult porcine, ovine and 
caprine animals; 

 
(b) 
for units with 
 
GA text preferred 
less than 10 equine or 
bovine animals, or with 
less than five porcine, 
ovine or caprine animals 

 
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any renewal as 
mentioned above shall be 
limited to a maximum of 
one animal per year. 

 
1.3.5.3. 
The percentages 
 
GA text preferred 
referred to in point 1.3.5.2 
may be increased up to 40 
%, subject to prior 
authorisation by the 
competent authority, in the 
following special cases: 

 
(a) 
when a major 
 
GA text preferred 
extension to the farm is 
undertaken; 

 
(b) 
when a breed is 
 
GA text preferred 
changed; 
 
(c) 
when a new 
 
GA text preferred 
livestock specialisation is 
initiated; 

 
(d) 
when breeds are 
 
GA text preferred 
in danger of being lost to 
farming as defined by 
Member States in 
accordance with 
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807/201464 and in that 
case animals of those 
breeds must not 
necessarily be 
nulliparous. 

 
1.3.5.4. 
For the 
 
GA text preferred 
renovation of apiaries, 20% 
 
per year of the queen bees 
and swarms may be 
replaced by non-organic 
queen bees and swarms in 
the organic production unit 
provided that the queen 
bees and swarms are placed 
in hives with combs or 
comb foundations coming 
from organic production 
units. 

 
1.3.5.5. 
When a flock of 
 
GA text preferred 
birds is constituted for the 
first time, renewed or 
reconstituted, non-
organically reared poultry 
may be brought into an 

                                                 
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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 807/2014 of 11 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council  on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 
and introducing transitional provisions (OJ L 227, 31.7.2014, p. 1) 

 
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organic poultry production 
unit, provided that the 
pullets for the production 
of eggs and poultry for 
meat production are less 
than three days old. 

Amendment 306 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.3.5 (a) to 1.3.5 (d) (new) 
 
 
1.3.5a. By way of derogation from 
Request EP explanation on  the 
point 1.3.1, non-organic young 
logic of the text introduced. 
mammals, when a herd or flock is 
constituted for the first time, shall 
be reared in accordance with the 
organic production rules 
immediately after they are weaned. 
Moreover, the following 
restrictions shall apply as at the 
date on which the animals enter 
the herd:
 
 
 
(a) buffalo, calves and foals shall 
 
be less than six months old; 
 
 
(b) lambs and kids shall be less 
 
than 60 days old; 
 
 
(c) piglets shall weigh less than 35 
 
kg. 
 
 
The derogation provided for in this   
point shall be phased out in 
accordance with the availability of 

 
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bred organic animals. 
 
 
1.3.5b. Non-organic adult male 
 
and nulliparous female mammals, 
introduced into a herd or flock 
with a view to its renewal, shall be 
reared subsequently in accordance 
with the organic production rules. 
Moreover, the number of female 
mammals is subject to the 
following restrictions per year: 

 
 
(a) no more than 10 % of adult 
 
equine or bovine livestock, 
including bubalus and bison 
species, and 20 % of the adult 
porcine, ovine and caprine 
livestock, shall be females; 

 
 
(b) for units with fewer than 10 
 
equine or bovine animals, or with 
fewer than five porcine, ovine or 
caprine animals, any renewal as 
mentioned above shall be limited 
to a maximum of one animal per 
year. 

 
 
The derogation provided for in this   
point shall be phased out in 
accordance with the availability of 
bred organic animals: 

 
 
(a) when a new livestock 
 
specialisation is initiated;or 
 
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(b) when breeds are in danger of 
 
being lost to farming as provided 
for in Annex IV to Commission 
Regulation (EC) No 1974/20061a. 

 
 
Such livestock and products 
 
derived from them may be 
considered as organic provided 
that the conversion period 
specified in point 1.2 of Part II of 
this Annex is respected. 

 
 
1.3.5c. The percentages referred to   
in point 1.3.5b may be increased to 
a maximum of 40 %, subject to 
prior authorisation by the 
competent authority, in the 
following cases: 

 
 
(a) when a major extension of the 
 
farm is undertaken; 
 
 
(b) when a breed is changed. 
 
 
 
1.3.5d. For the renovation of 
The last sentence is acceptable 
apiaries, 20 % per year of the 
“In any case, one swarm or queen 
queen bees and swarms may be 
bee can be replaced per year.” 
replaced by non-organic queen 
bees and swarms in the organic 
production unit, provided that the 
queen bees and swarms are placed 
in hives with combs or comb 
foundations coming from organic 

 
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production units. In any case, one 
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replaced per year. 

1.4  Nutrition 
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1.4.1  General nutrition requirements  Commission proposal unchanged 
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With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
(a) 
feed for livestock shall 
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be obtained primarily from the 
agricultural holding where the 
animals are kept or from other 
organic holdings in the same 
region; 
Amendment 307 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.1 (b) 
(b) 
livestock shall be fed 
(b)  livestock shall be fed 
(b) livestock shall be fed with 
Not acceptable 
with organic feed that meets 
with organic or in-
organic feed that meets the animal's 
the animal's nutritional 
conversion feed as referred 
nutritional requirements at the 
requirements at the various 
to in point 1.4.3, that meets 
various stages of its development
stages of its development. 
the animal's nutritional 
in terms of both quality and 
Restricted feeding shall not be 
requirements at the various 
quantity. Restricted feeding shall 
permitted in livestock 
stages of its development. 
not be permitted in livestock 
production; 
Restricted feeding shall not 
production. A part of the ration 
be permitted in livestock 
may contain feed from holdings 
production; 
which are in conversion to organic 
farming. By way of exception to 

 
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the production rules relating to 
non-availability of organic farm 
input in accordance with point (b) 
of the first subparagraph of Article 
17(2), where farmers are unable to 
obtain protein feed exclusively 
from organic production for 
porcine and poultry species, the 
maximum percentage of non-
organic protein feed authorised 
per period of 12 months for those 
species shall not exceed 5 % and 
shall be decreased in line with its 
availability. The percentage of the 
dry matter of feed from 
agricultural origin shall be 
calculated.
 
(c) 
the keeping of livestock 
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in conditions, or on a diet 
which may encourage 
anaemia, shall be prohibited; 
Amendment 308 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.1 (d) 
(d) 
fattening practices shall 
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(d) force-feeding is forbidden; 
Not acceptable 
be reversible at any stage of 
The first part is also important 
the rearing process. Force-
feeding is forbidden; 
(e) 
with the exception of 
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bees, livestock shall have 
permanent access to pasture or 
roughage; 
(f) 
growth promoters and 
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synthetic amino-acids shall not 
be used; 
Amendment 309 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.1 (g) 
(g) 
suckling animals shall be  Commission proposal unchanged 
(g) suckling animals shall be fed on  Not acceptable 
fed in preference on  maternal 
maternal milk in preference to 
Natural milk is not defined 
milk<