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 Proposal for a 
 
REGULATION OF THE 
Proposal for a 
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, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Having regard to the Treaty on the 
Having regard to the Treaty on the 
 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
the European Commission, 

 

 
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After transmission of the draft 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
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: 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
(1) 
Organic production is an 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
consumers for products produced 
using natural substances and 
processes. Organic production thus 
                                                 
1 
OJ C , , p. . 
2 
OJ C , , p. . 

 

 
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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 
standards in the production of 
the production of organic products is intrinsic 
organic products is intrinsic to the 
to the wholesomeness of those products. As 
high quality of those products. As 
underlined in the Communication from the 
underlined in the Communication 
Commission to the European Parliament and to 
from the Commission to the 
the Council, the European Economic and 
European Parliament and to the 
Social Committee and the Committee of the 
Council, the European Economic 
Regions on agricultural product quality policy, 
and Social Committee and the 
organic production forms part of the Union's 
Committee of the Regions on 
agricultural product quality schemes together 
agricultural product quality policy3
with geographical indications, traditional 
organic production forms part of the 
specialties guaranteed and products of 
Union's agricultural product quality 
mountainous regions and of the outermost 
schemes together with geographical 
regions of the Union, as laid down in 
indications, traditional specialties 
Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the 
guaranteed and products of the 
European Parliament and of the Council and 
outermost regions of the Union, as 
Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of the European 
                                                 
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COM (2009) 234 final. 

 

 
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laid down in Regulation (EU) No 
Parliament and of the Council, respectively. In 
1151/2012 of the European 
this sense, organic production plays a leading 
Parliament and of the Council4 and 
role in establishing more sustainable farming 
Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of the 
and food systems, and to that end, it pursues 
European Parliament and of the 
the same objectives within the common 
Council5, respectively. In this sense, 
agricultural policy (‘CAP’) which are inherent 
organic production pursues the same 
to all the agricultural product quality schemes 
objectives within the common 
of the Union. 
agricultural policy (‘CAP’) which 
are inherent to all the agricultural 
product quality schemes of the 
Union. 
Amendment 2 
 
 
Recital 3 
(3) 
In particular, the objectives of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(3) In particular, the objectives of the organic 
the organic production policy are 
production policy are embedded in the 
embedded in the objectives of the 
objectives of the CAP by ensuring that farmers 
CAP by ensuring that farmers 
receive a fair return for complying with the 
receive a fair return for complying 
organic production rules. In addition, the 
with the organic production rules. In 
growing consumer demand for organic 
addition, the growing consumer 
products creates conditions for further 
demand for organic products creates 
development and expansion of the market in 
conditions for further development 
those products and thus for an increase in the 
and expansion of the market in those 
return of farmers engaged in organic 
products and thus for an increase in 
production. Taking into account the fact that 
                                                 
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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the return of farmers engaged in 
Union farmers face increased problems in 
organic production. 
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 
production is a system that 
that contributes to the integration of 
contributes to the integration of 
environmental protection requirements into the 
environmental protection 
CAP, and promotes sustainable agricultural 
requirements into the CAP, and 
production. That is why, measures financially 
promotes sustainable agricultural 
supporting organic production have been 
production. That is why, measures 
introduced under the CAP, most recently under 
financially supporting organic 
Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the 
production have been introduced 
European Parliament and of the Council14, and 
under the CAP, most recently under 
in particular strengthened in the recent reform 
Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of 
of the legal framework for rural development 
the European Parliament and of the 
policy as established by Regulation (EU) No 
Council6, and in particular 
1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of 
strengthened in the recent reform of 
the Council15. This Regulation should 
the legal framework for rural 
therefore refer to eligible measures within the 
development policy as established 
national rural development programmes 
by Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
which are to contribute to the support of 
                                                 
6 
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). 

 

 
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of the European Parliament and of 
organic breeding and improved supply of 
the Council7
organic seeds and animal feed. Furthermore, 
there is 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 
                                                 
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). 
8 
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’. 
11 
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 
                                                 
14 
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 
(8) 
Given the dynamic evolution 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(8) Given the dynamic evolution of the organic 
sector, Council Regulation (EC) No 834/200726 
                                                 
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of the organic sector, Council 
identified the need for a future review of the 
Regulation (EC) No 834/200718 
Union rules on organic production, taking into 
identified the need for a future 
account the experience gained from the 
review of the Union rules on organic 
application of those rules. The results of that 
production, taking into account the 
review carried out by the Commission show 
experience gained from the 
that the Union legal framework governing 
application of those rules. The 
organic production should be improved to 
results of that review carried out by 
provide for rules that correspond to the high 
the Commission show that the Union 
expectations of consumers and that guarantee 
legal framework governing organic 
sufficient clarity for those to whom they are 
production should be improved to 
addressed. Therefore, Regulation (EC) No 
provide for rules that correspond to 
834/2007 should be repealed and replaced by a 
the high expectations of consumers 
new Regulation. Nevertheless, the provisions 
and that guarantee sufficient clarity 
of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 responding 
for those to whom they are 
to those aims should be preserved in this 
addressed. Therefore, Regulation 
Regulation. Furthermore, this Regulation 
(EC) No 834/2007 should be 
should mainly improve the implementation of 
repealed and replaced by a new 
current principles and rules and create a 
Regulation. 
dynamic through which the sector 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 
the application of Regulation (EC) 
with the application of 
application of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
No 834/2007 shows a need to clarify  Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
shows a need to clarify the production 
the products to which this 
shows a need to clarify the 
processes and products to which this 
Regulation applies. Primarily, it 
products to which this Regulation  Regulation applies. Primarily, it should cover 
should cover agricultural products, 
applies. Primarily, it This new 
agricultural production methods and products, 
                                                 
18 
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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including aquaculture products, 
Regulation should cover 
including aquaculture and beekeeping 
listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the  agricultural products, including 
products. Moreover, it should cover processed 
Functioning of the European Union 
aquaculture products, listed in 
agricultural products for use as food or feed 
(‘the Treaty’). Moreover, it should 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
because the placing on the market of such 
cover processed agricultural 
Functioning of the European Union  products as organic provides a major outlet for 
products for use as food or feed 
(‘the Treaty’). Moreover, it should 
agricultural products and ensures visibility to 
because the placing on the market of 
cover processed agricultural 
the consumer of the organic nature of the 
such products as organic provides a 
products for use as food or feed 
agricultural products from which they are 
major outlet for agricultural products  because the placing on the market 
processed. Likewise, this Regulation should 
and ensures visibility to the 
of such products as organic 
cover certain other products which are closely 
consumer of the organic nature of 
provides a major outlet for 
linked to agricultural products in a similarly 
the agricultural products from which 
agricultural products and ensures 
close way as processed agricultural products 
they are processed. Likewise, this 
visibility to the consumer of the 
because those other products either constitute a 
Regulation should cover certain 
organic nature of the agricultural 
major outlet for agricultural products or form 
other products which are linked to 
products from which they are 
an integral part of the production process. 
agricultural products in a similarly 
processed. Likewise, this 
Finally, salt should be included in the scope of 
close way as processed agricultural 
Regulation should cover certain 
this Regulation because it is produced by 
products because those other 
other products which are linked to 
applying natural production techniques and its 
products either constitute a major 
agricultural products in a similarly 
production contributes to the development of 
outlet for agricultural products or 
close way as processed agricultural 
rural areas, and thus falls within the objectives 
form an integral part of the 
products because those other 
of this Regulation. 
production process. Finally, sea salt 
products either constitute a major 
should be included in the scope of 
outlet for agricultural products or 
this Regulation because it is 
form an integral part of the 
produced by applying natural 
production process. Finally, salt 
production techniques and its 
should be included in the scope of 
production contributes to the 
this Regulation because it is 
development of rural areas, and thus 
produced by applying natural 
falls within the objectives of this 
production techniques and its 
Regulation. For reasons of clarity, 
production contributes to the 
those other products, not listed in 
development of rural areas, and 
Annex I to the Treaty, should be 
thus falls within the objectives of 
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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 
appropriate transmission of relevant 
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 
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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 caterers on their 
mass catering operations, measures  mass catering operations, measures 
premises should be subject to this Regulation. 
taken by Member States and private  taken by Member States and private  Products of hunting and fishing of wild animals 
schemes in this area are considered 
schemes in this area are considered 
should not be covered by this Regulation since 
adequate to ensure the functioning 
adequate to ensure the functioning 
the production process cannot be fully 
of the single market. Therefore, 
of the single market. Therefore, 
controlled. 
food prepared by mass caterers on 
food prepared by mass caterers on 
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 
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demonstrated that consumer 
consumer confidence is crucial in the market 
confidence is crucial in the market 
for organic food. In the long run, rules that are 
for organic food. In the long run, 
not trustworthy, and insufficient 
rules that are not trustworthy can 
implementation of existing rules and controls 
jeopardise public confidence and 
at Union level, can jeopardise public 
lead to market failure. Therefore the 
confidence and lead to market failure. 
sustainable development of organic 
Therefore, the sustainable development of 
production in the Union should be 
organic production in the Union should be 
based on sound production rules 
based on sound and transparent production 
which are harmonised at Union 
rules and harmonised implementation at 
level. In addition, those production 
national and Union levelsPast experience 
rules should meet operators' and 
has revealed major deficiencies in controls at 
consumers' expectations regarding 
Union level. It is of the utmost importance to 
the quality of organic products and 
improve data collection, communication, 
the compliance with the principles 
monitoring and coordination of the 
and rules laid down in this 
implementation of those rules in all Member 
Regulation. 
States and at Union level. 
Amendment 10  
 
 
Recital 14 
(14)  This Regulation should apply 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(14) This Regulation should apply without 
without prejudice to related 
prejudice to other Union legislation or 
legislation, such as in the field of 
national provisions, in conformity with Union 
safety of the food chain, animal 
law concerning products specified in this 
health and welfare, plant health, 
Regulation, such as provisions governing the 
plant reproductive material, 
production, preparation, marketing, labelling 
labelling and the environment. 
and control of those products, and including 
More specifically, as regards the 
legislation on foodstuffs and animal nutrition
authorisation of products and 
More specifically, as regards the authorisation 
substances that may be used for the 
of products and substances that may be used for 
production of organic products, it is 
the production of organic products, it is 
important to highlight that such 
important to highlight that such products and 
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products and substances have to be 
substances have to be authorised at Union level 
authorised at Union level first. 
first. Therefore this Regulation should apply 
Therefore this Regulation should 
without prejudice to other specific Union 
apply without prejudice to other 
provisions relating to the authorisation and 
specific Union provisions relating to 
placing on the market of those products and 
the authorisation and placing on the 
susbstances. 
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 
general production rules of this 
general production rules of this 
production rules of this Regulation should 
Regulation should include a 
Regulation should include a 
include a prohibition on the use of ionising 
prohibition on the use of ionising 
prohibition on the use of ionising 
radiation and genetically modified organisms 
radiation and genetically modified 
radiation, animal cloning and 
(GMOs) and products produced from or by 
organisms (GMOs) and products 
genetically modified organisms 
GMOs. Efforts should be made to develop the 
produced from or by GMOs. Since 
(GMOs) and products produced 
market in respect of veterinary medicinal 
consumers are more and more 
from or by GMOs. Organic 
products without GMOs. Since consumers are 
concerned about environmental 
operators should take 
increasingly concerned about environmental 
impacts of food processing and 
appropriate preventive measures 
impacts of food processing and transportation, 
transportation, organic operators 
at all stages of production, 
organic operators other than micro-enterprises
other than farmers and operators 
preparation and distribution in 
farmers, beekeepers, retailers and operators 
producing seaweed or aquaculture 
order to ensure prevention and 
producing algae or aquaculture animals should 
animals should be required to 
control of pests and weeds and in 
be required to improve their environmental 
manage their environmental 
particular to avoid contamination  performance in accordance with a harmonised 
performance according to a 
with products and substances 
framework. With the objective of minimising 
harmonised system. With the 
that are not authorised in organic  the regulatory burden of micro-enterprises as 
objective of minimising the 
production. Since consumers are 
defined in Commission Recommendation 
regulatory burden of micro-
more and more concerned about 
2003/361/EC27involved in organic production, 
enterprises as defined in 
environmental impacts of food 
it is appropriate to exempt them from this 
Commission Recommendation 
processing and transportation, 
requirement. In order to ensure the correct 
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2003/361/EC19 involved in organic 
organic operators other than 
application of the general production rules, the 
production, it is appropriate to 
farmers and operators producing  power to adopt certain acts should be delegated 
exempt them from this requirement. 
seaweed or aquaculture animals 
to the Commission in respect of supplementing 
In order to ensure the correct 
should be required to manage 
certain criteria of the environmental 
application of the general production  their environmental performance  management framework. 
rules, the power to adopt certain acts  according to a harmonised 
should be delegated to the 
system. With the objective of 
Commission in respect of 
minimising the regulatory 
establishing the criteria to which the  burden of micro-enterprises as 
environmental management system 
defined in Commission 
is to correspond. 
Recommendation 2003/361/EC20 
involved in organic production, it 
is appropriate to exempt them 
from this requirement. In order 
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 
(16)  The risk of non-compliance 
(16)  All operators who aim to 
(16) The risk of non-compliance with the 
with the organic production rules is 
become organic should manage 
organic production rules is considered higher in 
                                                 
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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considered higher in agricultural 
their entire holding in compliance  agricultural holdings which include units not 
holdings which include units not 
with the requirements applicable 
managed under organic production rules. 
managed under organic production 
to organic production. However, 
Therefore, after an appropriate conversion 
rules. Therefore, after an appropriate  to facilitate entering the organic 
period, all agricultural holdings in the Union 
conversion period, all agricultural 
scheme and to favour the 
which aim to become organic should be 
holdings in the Union which aim to 
development of environmental 
entirely managed in compliance with the 
become organic should be entirely 
practices in agriculture, a holding  requirements applicable to organic production. 
managed in compliance with the 
may be split into separated units 
However, mixed farms including production 
requirements applicable to organic 
which are not all managed 
units dedicated to non-organic production and 
production. Organic agricultural 
according to this Regulation. The 
production units which are in compliance 
holdings should undergo the same 
risk of non-compliance with the 
with this Regulation should be allowed in 
conversion period in all Member 
organic production rules is 
cases where conventional farming activities 
States, irrespective of whether they 
considered higher in agricultural 
are clearly differentiated from organic 
have previously adhered to agri-
holdings which include units not 
farming activities. Moreover, no conversion 
environmental measures supported 
managed under organic 
period should be necessary in the case of 
by Union funds. However, no 
production rules. Therefore, after  fallow land or where there is evidence that 
conversion period is necessary in the  an appropriate conversion 
only substances authorised for organic 
case of fallow land.  In order to 
period, all agricultural holdings 
production have been used on the land 
ensure quality, traceability and 
in the Union which aim to 
concerned for at least the time period required 
compliance with this Regulation and 
become organic should be 
for conversion and provided that other 
adaptation to technical 
entirely managed in compliance 
necessary requirements are fulfilled. In order 
developments, the power to adopt 
with the requirements applicable 
to ensure quality, traceability and compliance 
certain acts should be delegated to 
to organic production. Organic 
with this Regulation and adaptation to technical 
the Commission in respect of 
agricultural holdings should 
developments, the power to adopt certain acts 
establishing rules supplementing the 
undergo the same conversion 
should be delegated to the Commission in 
general conversion rules or 
period in all Member States, 
respect of establishing rules supplementing the 
supplementing and amending the 
irrespective of whether they have 
general conversion rules or supplementing the 
specific conversion rules. 
previously adhered to agri-
specific conversion rules. 
environmental measures 
supported by Union funds. 
However, no conversion period is 
necessary in the case of fallow 

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land.  In order to ensure quality, 
traceability and compliance with 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
power to adopt certain acts 
should be delegated to the 
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 
 
organic production method 
requires certain periods of 
adaptation. Specific time periods 
for the various production sectors 
should be laid down. Organic 
agricultural and aquaculture 
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 

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environmental practices in 
agriculture, under certain 
conditions, previous periods may 
be recognised retroactively as 
being part of the conversion 
period.
 
 
(16b) Products produced during 
 
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 
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 

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in the market of organic 
products. 

(17)  Specific production rules 
(17)  Specific Pproduction rules 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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.
 
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(18)  As organic plant production is 
(18)  As organic plant production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(19) Concerning soil management and 
and fertilisation, conditions should 
fertilisation, conditions should be laid down for 
be laid down for the use of 
the use of cultivation practices allowed in 
cultivation practices allowed in 
organic plant production and for the use of 
organic plant production and for the 
fertilisers and conditioners. Member States 
use of fertilisers and conditioners. 
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  
 
 
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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 
(20)  The use of pesticides,  should 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(20) The use of pesticides should be 
be significantly restricted. 
significantly restricted. Preference should be 
Preference should be given to the 
given to the application of measures that 
application of measures that prevent 
prevent any damage by pests, weeds and 
any damage by pests and weeds 
diseases through techniques which do not 
through techniques which do not 
involve the use of plant protection products 
involve the use of plant protection 
such as crop alternation and rotation. Presence 
products such as crop rotation. 
of pests, weeds and diseases should be 
Presence of pests and weeds should 
monitored to decide whether any intervention is 
be monitored to decide whether any 
economically and ecologically justified. The 
intervention is economically and 
use of certain plant protection products should 
ecologically justified. The use of 
be allowed if such techniques do not provide 
certain plant protection products 
adequate protection and only if those plant 
should be allowed if such techniques 
protection products have been authorised in 
do not provide adequate protection 
accordance with Regulation (EC) No 
and only if those plant protection 
1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of 
products have been authorised in 
the Council28, after having been assessed to be 
accordance with Regulation (EC) No 
compatible with objectives and principles of 
1107/2009 of the European 
organic production, including with restrictive 
Parliament and of the Council21
conditions of use, and consequently authorised 
                                                 
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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after having been assessed to be 
in accordance with this Regulation. 
compatible with objectives and 
principles of organic production, 
including with restrictive  conditions 
of use, and consequently authorised 
in accordance with this Regulation. 
Amendment 18  
 
 
Recital 21 
(21)  In order to ensure quality, 
(21)  In order to ensure quality, 
(21) In order to ensure quality, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  to technical developments, the power to adopt 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
supplementing the specific plant production 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
rules as regards soil management and 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
fertilisation, plant health and management of 
specific plant production rules as 
supplementing the specific plant 
pests, weeds and diseases, management of 
regards cultivation practices, soil 
production rules as regards 
mushroom production and other specific plants 
management and fertilisation, plant 
cultivation practices, soil 
and plant production systems and the collection 
health and management of pests and  management and fertilisation, 
of wild plants. 
weeds, management of mushroom 
plant health and management of 
production and other specific plants 
pests and weeds, management of 
and plant production systems, the 
mushroom production and other 
production origin of plant 
specific plants and plant 
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) 
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(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 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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(22) As livestock production naturally involves 
naturally involves the management 
the management of agricultural land, where the 
of agricultural land, where the 
manure is used to nourish crop production, 
manure is used to nourish crop 
landless livestock production should be 
production, landless livestock 
prohibited. The choice of breeds should take 
production should be prohibited. The 
account of their capacity to adapt to local 
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choice of breeds should take account 
conditions, their vitality and their resistance to 
of their capacity to adapt to local 
disease, and a wide biological diversity should 
conditions, their vitality and their 
be encouraged, provided that this is not at the 
resistance to disease, and a wide 
expense of indigenous and local breeds and 
biological diversity should be 
species, the keeping of which should be 
encouraged. 
supported. 
(23)  Organic livestock and 
(23)  Organic livestock and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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) 
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(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 
environmental pollution of natural 
of natural resources such as soil, aquifers and 
resources such as soil and water by 
water by nutrients, an upper limit for the use of 
nutrients, an upper limit for the use 
manure per hectare and for keeping livestock 
of manure per hectare and for 
per hectare should be set. That limit should be 
keeping livestock per hectare should 
related to the nitrogen content of the manure. 
be set. That limit should be related to 
the nitrogen content of the manure. 
Amendment 24  
 
 
Recital 25 
(25)  Mutilations which lead to 
(25)  Mutilations which lead to 
(25) All mutilations which lead to stress, harm, 
stress, harm, disease or suffering of 
stress, harm, disease or suffering 
disease or suffering of animals should be 
animals should be prohibited. 
of animals should be prohibited. 
prohibited. It should be possible for competent 
However, tail docking, trimming 
authorities to authorise the trimming of the 
of beaks, dehorning including 
beaks of poultry, when undertaken in the first 
disbudding and castration of 
three days of life, attaching elastic bands to 
piglets may be allowed only on a 
the tails of sheep and tail-docking, for reasons 
case by case basis and under 
of safety or animal and human health or if 
certain conditions, when they 
those practices are intended to improve the 
improve the health, welfare or 
health, welfare or hygiene of the livestock 
hygiene of the livestock or when 
concerned. Dehorning and castration of 
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workers' safety is compromised. 
young mammals should be approved only if 
These operations should be 
adequate anaesthesia and/or analgesia are 
authorised by a competent 
applied. 
authority and carried out by 
qualified personnel and by 
applying adequate anaesthesia 
and/or analgesia in order to 
reduce to a minimum any 
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 
feed materials produced in 
feed materials produced in 
produced in accordance with the rules of 
accordance with the rules of organic 
accordance with the rules of 
organic production, and preferably coming 
production, and preferably coming 
organic production, and preferably 
from the own holding, taking their 
from the own holding, taking their 
coming from the own holding, 
physiological needs into account in terms of 
physiological needs into account. In 
taking their physiological needs 
both quality and quantity. It should be 
addition, in order to provide for the 
into account. However, because of 
possible for part of the ration to contain feed 
basic nutritional requirements of 
the limited availability of certain 
from holdings which are in the process of 
livestock, certain minerals, trace 
organic feed materials on the EU 
converting to organic farming. In addition, in 
elements and vitamins may need to 
market, in certain cases, non-
order to provide for the basic nutritional 
be used under well-defined 
organic feed materials may be 
requirements of livestock, certain minerals, 
conditions. 
used in the feeding of organic 
trace elements and vitamins may need to be 
animals and in the processing of 
used under well-defined conditions. However, 
organic feed. In addition, in order 
given the fact that vegetable proteins are 
to provide for the basic nutritional 
currently not available on the market in 
requirements of livestock, certain 
sufficient quantities and are needed in order 
minerals, trace elements and 
to ensure animal health in organic 
vitamins may need to be used under  production, the Commission should take the 
well-defined conditions. 
necessary steps to support the production of 
proteins in organic form.
 
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(27)  Animal health management 
(27)  Animal health management 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
to technical developments, the power to adopt 
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Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  certain acts should be delegated to the 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
supplementing the specific livestock production 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
rules as regards nutrition, disease prevention 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
and veterinary treatment. 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
specific livestock production rules as  supplementing the specific 
regards the origin of animals, 

livestock production rules as 
livestock housing, including 
regards the origin of animals, 
minimum surface areas indoors 
livestock housing, including 
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 
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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 
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 
understanding,  avoid ambiguities 
understanding, avoid ambiguities 
and guarantee uniform application of  and guarantee uniform 
the organic aquaculture animal and 
application of the organic 
                                                 
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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 
(32)  In order to ensure quality, 
(32)  In order to ensure quality, 
(32) In order to ensure quality, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
to technical developments, the power to adopt 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
supplementing the specific algae production 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
rules as regards the harvesting of wild algae 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
and algae cultivation, including for different 
specific seaweed production rules as 
specific seaweed production rules 
species of algae, and antifouling measures and 
regards the suitability of the aquatic  for the production of aquaculture  cleaning of production equipment and facilities, 
medium and the sustainable 
animals as regards disease 
and in respect of the establishment of rules 
management plan, the harvesting of  prevention and veterinary 
supplementing the specific production rules for 
wild seaweed, seaweed cultivation, 
treatment in particular. the 
aquaculture animals, including for specific 
and antifouling measures and 
suitability of the aquatic medium 
aquaculture species, as regards the origin of 
cleaning of production equipment 
and the sustainable management 
aquaculture animals, housing conditions and 
and facilities, and in respect of the 
plan, the harvesting of wild 
husbandry practices, management of molluscs
establishment of rules 
seaweed, seaweed cultivation, and  feed and feeding, disease prevention and 
supplementing the specific 
antifouling measures and 
veterinary treatments. 
production rules for aquaculture 
cleaning of production equipment 
animals as regards the suitability of 
and facilities, and in respect of 
the aquatic medium and the 
the establishment of rules 
sustainable management plan, the 
supplementing the specific 
origin of aquaculture animals, 
production rules for aquaculture 
aquaculture husbandry, including 
animals as regards the suitability 
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aquatic containment systems, 
of the aquatic medium and the 
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 
treatment. 
maximum stocking density, 
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 

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within the organic sector. 
Amendment 29  
 
 
Recital 34 
(34)  Provisions concerning the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(34) Provisions concerning the composition of 
composition of organic processed 
organic processed food should be laid down. In 
food should be laid down. In 
particular, such food should be produced from 
particular, such food should be 
agricultural ingredients that are organic with a 
produced mainly from agricultural 
limited possibility to use certain non-organic 
ingredients that are organic with a 
agricultural ingredients specified in this 
limited possibility to use certain 
Regulation. In addition, only certain substances 
non-organic agricultural ingredients 
authorised in accordance with this Regulation 
specified in this Regulation. In 
should be allowed for use in the production of 
addition, only certain substances 
organic processed food. 
authorised in accordance with this 
Regulation should be allowed for 
use in the production of organic 
processed food. 
Amendment 30  
 
 
Recital 35 
(35)  Processed food should be 
(35)  Processed food should be 
(35) Processed food should be labelled as 
labelled as organic only where all or 
labelled as organic only where all 
organic only where all or almost all the 
almost all the ingredients of 
or almost all the ingredients of 
ingredients of agricultural origin are organic. 
agricultural origin are organic. 
agricultural origin are organic. 
However, special labelling provisions should 
However, special labelling 
However, special labelling 
be laid down for processed foods which include 
provisions should be laid down for 
provisions should be laid down 
agricultural ingredients that cannot be obtained 
processed foods which include 
for processed foods which include  organically, as is the case for products of 
agricultural ingredients that cannot 
agricultural ingredients that 
hunting and fishing. Moreover, for the purposes 
be obtained organically, as is the 
cannot be obtained organically, 
of consumer information and transparency in 
case for products of hunting and 
as is the case for products of 
the market, and to encourage the use of organic 
ingredients, it should also be made possible to 
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fishing. Moreover, for the purposes 
hunting and fishing. Moreover, 
refer to organic production in the ingredients 
of consumer information and 
for the purposes of consumer 
list under certain conditions, and to the origin 
transparency in the market, and to 
information and transparency in 
of organic products. 
encourage the use of organic 
the market, and to encourage the 
ingredients, it should also be made 
use of organic ingredients, it 
possible to refer to organic 
should also be made possible to 
production in the ingredients list 
refer to organic production in the 
under certain conditions. 
ingredients list under certain 
conditions.
 
(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 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
to technical developments, the power to adopt 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
supplementing the specific production rules for 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
processed feed as regards preventive and 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
precautionary measures to be taken and the 
specific production rules for 
specific production rules for 
techniques used in feed processing, and in 
processed food and feed as regards 
processed food and feed as regards 
respect of the specific production rules for 
the procedures to be followed, 
the procedures to be followed, 
processed food as regards preventive and 
preventive measures to be taken, the 
preventive measures to be taken, 
precautionary measures to be taken, the 
composition of processed food and 
the type, composition and 
composition and conditions of use of products 
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feed, cleaning measures, the 
condition of use of products and 
and substances allowed for use in processed 
placing on the market of processed 
substances allowed for use in of 
food, the list of non-organic agricultural 
products including their labelling 
processed food and supplementing  ingredients which may exceptionally be used in 
and identification, separation of 
the production rules for 
the production of organic processed products, 
organic products, agricultural 
processed feed. cleaning 
calculation of the percentage of agricultural 
ingredients and feed materials from  measures, the placing on the 
ingredients, and the techniques used in food 
non-organic products, agricultural 
market of processed products 
processing. 
ingredients and feed materials, the 
including their labelling and 
list of non-organic agricultural 
identification, separation of 
ingredients which may exceptionally  organic products, agricultural 
be used in the production of organic 
ingredients and feed materials 
processed products, calculation of 
from non-organic products, 
the percentage of agricultural 
agricultural ingredients and feed 
ingredients, and the techniques used 
materials, the list of non-organic 
in food or feed processing. 
agricultural ingredients which 
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 
produced entirely from organic raw 
from organic raw material and only certain 
material and only certain substances 
substances authorised in accordance with this 
authorised in accordance with this 
Regulation should be allowed to be added. 
Regulation should be allowed to be 
Oenological practices, processes and treatments 
added. Certain oenological 
must be performed in accordance with 
practices, processes and treatments 
production rules as defined in this Regulation. 
should be prohibited in the 
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production of organic wine. Other 
practices, processes and treatments 
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 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to  to technical developments, the power to adopt 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
power to adopt certain acts 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
supplementing the specific wine production 
respect of establishing rules 
Commission in respect of 
rules as regards oenological practices and 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
restrictions. 
specific wine production rules as 
supplementing the specific wine 
regards oenological practices and 
production rules as regards 
restrictions. 
oenological practices and 
restrictions.
 
(40)  Initially yeast was not 
(40)  Initially yeast was not 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
products. However, Commission 
composition of organic products. 
Regulation (EC) No 889/200823 
However, Commission Regulation 
                                                 
23 
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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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 
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 
                                                 
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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traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation and adaptation 
Regulation and adaptation to 
this Regulation and adaptation to 
to technical developments, the power to adopt 
technical developments, the power 
technical developments, the power 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
Commission in respect of establishing rules 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
supplementing the specific production rules for 
respect of establishing rules 
respect of establishing rules 
organic yeast as regards the processing and the 
amending or supplementing the 
amending or supplementing the 
substrates used in its production. 
specific production rules for organic 
specific production rules for 
yeast as regards the processing and 
organic yeast as regards the 
the substrates used in its production. 
processing and the substrates used 
in its production. 
Amendment 35  
 
 
Recital 42 
(42)  In order to take account of 
(42)  This Regulation covers a 
(42) Where this Regulation does not lay down 
any future need to have specific 
wide range of products and lays 
detailed production rules for certain animal 
production rules for products whose 
down production rules for 
species, certain aquatic plants and certain 
production does not fall within any 
different categories of products: 
micro-algae, national rules or, in the absence 
of the categories of specific 
plants, livestock, algae and 
thereof, private standards recognised by the 
production rules laid down in this 
aquaculture animals, as well as 
Member States should apply pending the 
Regulation, as well as in order to 
processed food, including wine, 
inclusion of detailed production rules in this 
ensure quality, traceability and 
processed feed and yeast used as 
Regulation. Such national rules or private 
compliance with this Regulation 
food and feed. In the cases where 
standards should be notified to the 
and, subsequently, adaptation to 
no specific production rules are 
Commission. The rules laid down in this 
technical developments, the power 
laid down for plants or plant 
Regulation in respect of labelling, controls 
to adopt certain acts should be 
products, livestocks, algae or 
and certification should apply accordingly. 
delegated to the Commission in 
aquaculture animals, it should be 
respect of establishing specific 
clarified that products marketed 
production rules for such products, 
as organic have to comply with 
including amendments or 
the production rules laid down 
supplements thereof. 
for the relevant category of 
products, with the general 

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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 
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 

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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 
 
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 
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 

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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 
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 
provided for different exceptions 
provided for different exceptions 
for different exceptions from organic 
from organic production rules. The 
from organic production rules. The 
production rules. The experience gained from 
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experience gained from the 
experience gained from the diverse  the application of those provisions has shown 
application of those provisions has 
application of those provisions has 
that such exceptions have not created 
shown that such exceptions have 
shown that such exceptions have a 
sufficient stimulus to make such exceptions 
negative impact on organic 
negative impact on organic 
superfluous. In particular, it has been found 
production. In particular, it has been  production. I,in particular, it has 
that the very existence of such exceptions can 
found that the very existence of such  been found that the very 
impede an increase in supply of inputs in 
exceptions impedes the production 
existence of such exceptions 
organic form and that the high level of animal 
of inputs in organic form and that 
impedes the production of inputs 
welfare associated with organic production is 
the high level of animal welfare 
in organic form and that the high  not always ensured. In addition, the 
associated with organic production is  level of animal welfare associated  management and control of exceptions entail 
not ensured. In addition, the 
with organic production is not 
considerable administrative burden, both for 
management and control of 
ensured. In addition, the 
the national administrations and operators. 
exceptions entail considerable 
management and control of 
Finally, the existence of exceptions has created 
administrative burden, both for the 
exceptions entail considerable 
conditions for distortions in competition and 
national administrations and 
administrative burden, both for the 
has threatened to undermine consumer 
operators. Finally, the existence of 
national administrations and for 
confidence. Accordingly, measures to 
exceptions has created conditions for  operators. FinallyIn addition, the 
stimulate the development of organic breeding 
distortions in competition and has 
existence of exceptions has created 
and to close existing gaps in the organic inputs 
threatened to undermine consumer 
conditions for distortions in 
market should be established through this 
confidence. Accordingly, the scope 
competition and has threatened to 
Regulation so that exceptions can be phased 
for allowing exceptions from 
undermine consumer confidence. 
out as soon as possible. 
organic production rules should be 
Accordingly, where exceptions 
further restricted and limited to 
have to be maintained, they 
cases of catastrophic 
should be applied in a 
circumstances. 
harmonised way to all operators 
in all Member States and third 
countries. the scope for allowing 
exceptions from organic 
production rules should be 
further restricted and limited to 
cases of catastrophic 
circumstances.
 
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Amendment 37  
 
 
Recital 44 
(44)  In order to allow organic 
(44)  In order to allow organic 
(44) The Commission should be empowered to 
production to continue or 
production to continue or 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
recommence in cases of 
recommence in cases of 
Article 36 establishing the criteria by which 
catastrophic circumstances, the 
catastrophic circumstances, the 
situations may be categorised as requiring 
power to adopt certain acts should 
power to adopt certain acts 
exceptional production rules and the ways of 
be delegated to the Commission in 
should be delegated to the 
dealing with such situations, and laying down 
respect of establishing the criteria 
Commission in respect of 
monitoring and reporting requirements, taking 
for qualifying cases of catastrophic 
establishing the criteria for 
into account expertise from the organic 
circumstances and to lay down 
qualifying cases of catastrophic 
sector. 
specific rules for addressing such 
circumstances and to lay down 
cases and for the necessary 
specific rules for addressing such 
monitoring and reporting 
cases and for the necessary 
requirements. 
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 
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organic products and non-organic 
organic products and non-organic 
and non-organic products can be collected and 
products can be collected and 
products can be collected and 
transported simultaneously. In order to duly 
transported simultaneously. In order 
transported simultaneously. In 
separate organic from non-organic products 
to duly separate organic from non-
order to ensure duly due separate 
during such handling for collection, 
organic products during handling 
separation of organic from non-
transportation and processing purposes, and 
and to avoid any commingling, 
organic products during handling 
to avoid any commingling, specific provisions 
specific provisions should be laid 
and to avoid any commingling, 
should be laid down. 
down. 
specific provisions should be laid 
down. 
Amendment 40  
 
 
Recital 46 
(46)  In order to ensure the integrity 
(46)  In order to ensure the 
(46) In order to ensure the integrity of organic 
of organic production and adaptation  integrity of organic production and 
production and adaptation to technical 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
developments, the power to adopt certain acts 
power to adopt certain acts should be  developments, the power to adopt 
should be delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
certain acts should be delegated to 
respect of establishing rules supplementing the 
respect of establishing rules 
the Commission in respect of 
specific rules on collection, packaging, 
amending or supplementing the 
establishing rules amending or 
transport and storage of organic products. 
specific rules on collection, 
supplementing the specific rules on 
packaging, transport and storage of 
collection, packaging, transport 
organic products. 
and storage of organic products. 
Amendment 41  
 
 
Recital 47 
(47)  The use in organic production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(47) The use in organic production of products 
of products and substances such as 
and substances such as plant protection 
plant protection products, fertilisers, 
products, fertilisers, soil conditioners, nutrients, 
soil conditioners, nutrients, 
components of animal nutrition, feed or food 
components of animal nutrition, feed 
additives, processing aids, products for use in 
or food additives, processing aids 
animal husbandry and products for cleaning 
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and products for cleaning and 
and disinfection should be limited to the 
disinfection should be limited to the 
minimum and under the specific conditions laid 
minimum and under the specific 
down in this Regulation. The same approach 
conditions laid down in this 
should be followed regarding the use of 
Regulation. The same approach 
products and substances as food additives and 
should be followed regarding the use 
processing aids in the production of organic 
of products and substances as food 
processed food, products and substances for 
additives and processing aids in the 
oenological practices and products for 
production of organic processed 
cleaning and disinfection. Therefore, 
food. Therefore,  provisions should 
provisions should be laid down to define any 
be laid down to define any possible 
possible use of such products and substances in 
use of such products and substances 
organic production in general and in the 
in organic production in general and 
production of organic processed food in 
in the production of organic 
particular, subject to the principles laid down in 
processed food in particular, subject 
this Regulation and to certain criteria. 
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 
traceability and compliance with this 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic 
organic production in general and the 
production in general and the 
production of organic processed food in 
production of organic processed 
particular, and adaptation to technical 
food in particular, and adaptation to 
developments, the power to adopt certain acts 
technical developments, the power 
should be delegated to the Commission in 
to adopt certain acts should be 
respect of authorising or withdrawing the 
delegated to the Commission to 
authorisation of products and substances that 
provide for additional criteria for 
may be used in organic production in general 
the authorisation or withdrawal of 
and products and substances that may be used 
the authorisation of products and 
in the production of processed organic food in 
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substances for use in organic 
particular, and other requirements for the use of 
production in general and in the 
such authorised products and substances. 
production of organic processed 
food in particular, and other 
requirements for the use of such 
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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Commission Directive 
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 
light of technical developments. 
their adaptation in the light of 
                                                 
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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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 
the general principle of restriction of  on the general principle of 
principle of restriction of the use of external 
the use of external inputs. Farmers 
restriction of the use of external 
inputs. Farmers are required to take measures 
are required to take measures to 
inputs. Farmers are required to 
to prevent the risk of contamination by non-
prevent the risk of contamination by 
take measures to prevent the risk 
authorised products or substances. Despite such 
non-authorised products or 
of contamination by non-
measures, there may be instances where 
substances. Despite such measures, 
authorised products or 
farmers are prevented from marketing their 
there may be instances where 
substances. Despite such 
agricultural products as organic due to the 
farmers are prevented from 
measures, there may be instances 
unintentional presence of non-authorised 
marketing their agricultural products  where farmers are prevented 
products or substances. 
as organic due to the unintentional 
from marketing their agricultural 
presence of non-authorised products 
products as organic due to the 
or substances. It is therefore 
unintentional presence of non-
appropriate to provide for the 
authorised products or 
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 
Agricultural Policy to cover 
totally or partially such losses.
 
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Amendment 46  
 
 
Recital 52 
(52)  The labelling of agricultural 
(52)  The labelling of agricultural 
(52) The labelling of agricultural products and 
products and foodstuffs should be 
products and foodstuffs should be 
foodstuffs should be subject to the general rules 
subject to the general rules laid 
subject to the general rules laid 
laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
down in Regulation (EU) No 
the European Parliament and of the Council32 
1169/2011 of the European 
1169/2011 of the European 
and, in particular, strict compliance with the 
Parliament and of the Council27, and 
Parliament and of the Council28
common labelling standards and the 
in particular the provisions aimed at 
and in particular the provisions 
provisions aimed at preventing labelling that 
preventing labelling that may 
aimed at preventing labelling that 
may confuse or mislead consumers. In addition, 
confuse or mislead consumers. In 
may confuse or mislead consumers.  specific provisions relating to the labelling of 
addition, specific provisions relating 
In addition, specific provisions 
organic products should be laid down in this 
to the labelling of organic products 
relating to the labelling of organic 
Regulation. They should protect both the 
should be laid down in this 
products and in-conversion 
interests of operators in having their products 
Regulation. They should protect 
products of plant origin should be  correctly identified on the market and enjoying 
both the interests of operators in 
laid down in this Regulation. They 
conditions of fair competition, and those of 
having their products correctly 
should protect both the interests of 
consumers in enabling them to make informed 
identified on the market and 
operators in having their products 
choices. 
enjoying conditions of fair 
correctly identified on the market 
competition, and those of consumers  and enjoying conditions of fair 
                                                 
27 
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). 
28 
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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in enabling them to make informed 
competition, and those of 
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 
 
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 
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 

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of products of hunting and 
fishing. 

 
(53b) Processed feed should be 
 
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. 
(55)  However, in order not to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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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 
(57)  In order to provide clarity for 
(57)  In order to provide clarity for 
(57) In order to provide clarity for consumers 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
and to ensure that the appropriate information 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
is communicated to them, the power to adopt 
communicated to them, the power to  communicated to them, the power 
certain acts should be delegated to the 
adopt certain acts should be 
to adopt certain acts should be 
Commission in respect of adapting the list of 
delegated to the Commission in 
delegated to the Commission in 
terms referring to organic production set out in 
respect of adapting the list of terms 
respect of adapting the list of terms 
this Regulation, laying down further rules on 
referring to organic production set 
referring to organic production set 
labelling and the use of the indications, other 
out in this Regulation, establishing 
out in this Regulation, establishing 
than the organic production logo of the 
the specific labelling and 
the specific labelling and 
European Union, set out in this Regulation, and 
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composition requirements 
composition requirements 
amending the organic production logo of the 
applicable to feed and ingredients 
applicable to feed and ingredients  European Union and the rules relating thereto. 
thereof, laying down further rules on  thereof, laying down further 
labelling and the use of the 
rules on labelling and the use of 
indications, other than the organic 
the indications, other than the 
production logo of the European 
organic production logo of the 
Union, set out in this Regulation, 
European Union, set out in this 
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 
credible if accompanied by effective 
credible if accompanied by 
accompanied by effective verification and 
verification and controls at all stages  effective verification and controls 
controls at all stages of production, processing 
of production, processing and 
at all stages of production, 
and distribution. Organic production should be 
distribution. Organic production 
processing and distribution. 
subject to official controls or other official 
should be subject to official controls 
Organic production should be 
activities carried out in accordance with this 
or other official activities carried out  subject to official controls or other 
Regulation to verify compliance with the rules 
in accordance with Regulation (EU)  official activities carried out in 
on organic production and labelling of organic 
No (XXX/XXXX) of the European 
accordance with Regulation (EU) 
products. Therefore, specific rules for organic 
Parliament and of the Council29 to 
No (XXX/XXXX) of the European 
production, concerning the control of the 
                                                 
29 
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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verify compliance with the rules on 
Parliament and of the Council30 to 
production process throughout the organic 
organic production and labelling of 
verify compliance with the rules on 
production chain, should fall within the scope 
organic products. 
organic production and labelling of 
of this Regulation. 
organic products. In addition to 
the rules of Regulation (EU) No 
XXX/XXX (Official controls 
Regulation), specific rules for 
official controls and other official 
activities in relation to organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products should be laid 
down in this Regulation.
 
(59)  Specific requirements should 
(59)  Specific requirements should 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
                                                 
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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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 
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 
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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 
 
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 
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, 
face, individually, relatively high 
operators producing algae or 
individually, relatively high inspection costs 
inspection costs and administrative 
aquaculture animals in the Union 
and administrative burden linked to organic 
burden linked to organic 
face, individually, relatively high 
certification. A system of group certification 
certification. A system of group 
inspection costs and administrative 
should be allowed with a view to reducing the 
certification should be allowed with 
burden linked to organic 
inspection and certification costs and the 
a view to reducing the inspection 
certification. A system of group 
associated administrative burden, strengthening 
and certification costs and the 
certification should be allowed with  local networks, contributing to better market 
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associated administrative burden, 
a view to reducing the inspection 
outlets and ensuring a level playing field with 
strengthening local networks, 
and certification costs and the 
operators in third countries. For that reason, the 
contributing to better market outlets 
associated administrative burden, 
concept of ‘group of operators' should be 
and ensuring a level playing field 
strengthening local networks, 
introduced and defined .That concept should 
with operators in third countries. For  contributing to better market outlets  also include cross-border groups
that reason, the concept of ‘group of 
and ensuring a level playing field 
Furthermore, Member States should make 
operators’ should be introduced and 
with operators in third countries. 
dedicated use of cooperation measures 
defined. 
For that reason, the concept of 
between farmers, especially small farmers 
‘group of operators’ should be 
eligible under Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013. 
introduced and defined. 
Amendment 50  
 
 
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 
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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.
 
Amendment 51  
 
 
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) 
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(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 and resource capacity of all small 
farmers.
 
 
(62a) Specific, additional 
 
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 
 
take when non-authorised 
substances or products are 
present in organic products, 
different approaches have been 
developed and implemented 

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across the Union. This situation 
creates uncertainties for 
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 

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Commission as regards the 
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 
 
import of organic products into 
the Union should be conducted 

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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 
necessary to provide for the 
possibility for the Commission to 
contact directly the accreditation 
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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 
should continue to be recognised as 
such under this Regulation, for a 
limited period of time necessary to 
ensure a smooth transition to the 
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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 control 
scheme of control authorities and 
authorities and control bodies recognised as 
control bodies recognised as 
competent to carry out controls and issue 
competent to carry out controls and 
certificates in third countries for the purpose of 
issue certificates in third countries 
import of products providing equivalent 
for the purpose of import of products 
guarantees shows that the rules applied by 
providing equivalent guarantees 
those authorities and bodies are different and 
shows that the rules applied by those 
could be difficult to be considered as 
authorities and bodies are different 
equivalent to the respective Union rules. 
and could be difficult to be 
Furthermore, multiplication of control 
considered as equivalent to the 
authorities and control bodies standards 
respective Union rules. Furthermore, 
hampers adequate supervision by the 
multiplication of control authorities 
Commission. Therefore, that scheme of 
and control bodies standards 
recognition of equivalence should be modified 
hampers adequate supervision by the 
so as to introduce a new system of adapted 
Commission. Therefore that scheme 
compliance where appropriate. However, 
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of recognition of equivalence should 
sufficient time should be given to those control 
be abolished. However, sufficient 
authorities and control bodies so that they can 
time should be given to those control 
prepare themselves for obtaining recognition 
authorities and control bodies so that 
for the purposes of import of products 
they can prepare themselves for 
complying with Union rules. 
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 
(69)  In order to ensure fair 
(69)  In order to ensure fair 
(69) In order to ensure the traceability of the 
competition among operators, the 
competition among operators, the 
imported products intended to be placed on the 
traceability of the imported products 
traceability of the imported 
market within the Union as organic or the 
intended to be placed on the market 
products intended to be placed on 
transparency of the recognition and supervision 
within the Union as organic or the 
the market within the Union as 
procedure for control authorities and control 
transparency of the recognition and 
organic,or the transparency of the 
bodies within the context of import of 
supervision procedure for control 
recognition and supervision 
compliant organic products, and in order to 
authorities and control bodies within  procedure for control authorities 
ensure the management of the list of third 
the context of import of compliant 
and control bodies within the 
countries recognised for the purpose of 
organic products, and in order to 
context of import of compliant 
equivalence under Regulation (EC) No 
ensure the management of the list of 
organic products, the effectiveness,  834/2007, the power to adopt certain acts 
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third countries recognised for the 
efficiency and transparency of 
should be delegated to the Commission in 
purpose of equivalence under 
controls of imported products and  respect of the documents necessary for the 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, the 
in order to ensure the 
purposes of import, also in electronic form 
power to adopt certain acts should be  management of the list of third 
wherever possible, in respect of fulfilment of 
delegated to the Commission in 
countries recognised for the 
the criteria for recognition or withdrawal of the 
respect of the documents intended 
purpose of equivalence under 
recognition of control authorities and control 
for customs authorities in third 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, the 
bodies in the context of import of compliant 
countries, in particular an organic 
power to adopt certain acts should 
organic products, in respect of the information 
export certificate, in electronic form  be delegated to the Commission in 
to be sent by third countries recognised under 
wherever possible, the documents 
respect of the documents intended  that Regulation which is necessary for the 
necessary for the purposes of import,  for customs authorities in third 
supervision of their recognition, in respect of 
also in electronic form wherever 
countries, in particular an 
laying-down the provisions for the exercise of 
possible, the criteria for recognition 
organic export certificate, in 
that supervision by the Commission, including 
or withdrawal of the recognition of 
electronic form wherever 
on-the-spot examination, in respect of the 
control authorities and control 
possible, the documents necessary  procedure to be followed for the recognition 
bodies in the context of import of 
for the purposes of import, also 
of the control authorities and control bodies, 
compliant organic products, and in 
in electronic form wherever 
including the content of the technical dossier 
respect of the information to be sent 
possible, the additional criteria for 
to be submitted, as well as a withdrawal of 
by third countries recognised under 
recognition or withdrawal of the 
recognition, and in respect of the controls and 
that Regulation necessary for the 
recognition of control authorities 
other actions to be performed by control 
supervision of their recognition and 
and control bodies in the context of 
authorities and control bodies recognised by 
the exercise of that supervision by 
import of compliant organic 
the Commission. Where serious or repeated 
the Commission, including on-the-
products, in respect of the exercise  infringements of the rules governing 
spot examination. 
of the supervision on those 
inspection and certification are detected, 
control authorities and control 
recognition of the control bodies concerned 
bodies by the Commission, 
should be immediately withdrawn, in the third 
including through on-the-spot 
countries concerned as well as throughout the 
examination, in respect of the 
Union market for national accreditation 
controls and other actions to be 
bodies established in the Union. 
performed by control authorities 
and control bodies recognised for 
the import of compliant organic 

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products, and in respect of the 
information to be sent by third 
countries recognised under that 
Regulation necessary for the 
supervision of their recognition and 
the exercise of that supervision by 
the Commission, including on-the-
spot examination. 
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 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 
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(70)  Provision should be made to 
(70)  Provision should be made to 
(70) Provision should be made to ensure that 
ensure that the movement of organic 
ensure that the movement of 
the movement of organic products that have 
products that have been subject to a 
organic products that have been 
been subject to a control in one Member State 
control in one Member State and 
subject to a control in one Member 
and which comply with this Regulation cannot 
which comply with this Regulation 
State and which comply with this 
be restricted in another Member State. 
cannot be restricted in another 
Regulation cannot be restricted in 
Member State. In order to ensure 
another Member State. In order to 
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 
reliable information needed for the 
reliable information needed for the 
information needed for the implementation of 
implementation of this Regulation, 
implementation of this Regulation, 
this Regulation, Member States should provide 
Member States should provide the 
Member States should provide the 
the Commission annually with the necessary 
Commission annually with the 
Commission annually with the 
up-to-date statistical information. For reasons 
necessary information. For reasons 
necessary information, including 
of clarity and transparency, Member States 
of clarity and transparency, Member 
the relevant statistical data which  should keep updated lists of competent 
States should keep updated lists of 
shall be defined within the 
authorities, control authorities and control 
competent authorities, control 
context of the European 
bodies. The lists of control authorities and 
authorities and control bodies. The 
Statistical Programme. For 
control bodies should be made public by the 
lists of control authorities and 
reasons of clarity and transparency, 
Member States and annually published by the 
control bodies should be made 
Member States should keep 
Commission. 
public by the Member States and 
updated lists of competent 
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annually published by the 
authorities, control authorities and 
Commission. 
control bodies. The lists of control 
authorities and control bodies, and 
any change thereof,
 should be 
made public transmitted by the 
Member States to the 
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 
measures to ensure a smooth 
measures to ensure a smooth 
ensure a smooth transition to some 
transition to some modifications of 
transition to some modifications 
modifications of the legal framework 
the legal framework governing the 
of the legal framework governing 
governing the import of organic products into 
import of organic products into the 
the import of organic products 
the Union, as introduced by this Regulation. In 
Union, as introduced by this 
into the Union, as introduced by 
particular, in order to ensure a smooth 
Regulation. In particular, in order to 
this Regulation. In particular, in 
transition from the old to the new legal 
ensure a smooth transition from the 
order to ensure a smooth 
framework, the power to adopt certain acts 
old to the new legal framework, the 
transition from the old to the new  should be delegated to the Commission in 
power to adopt certain acts should be  legal framework, the power to 
respect of the rules relating to conversion 
delegated to the Commission in 
adopt certain acts should be 
periods starting under Regulation (EC) No 
respect of the rules relating to 
delegated to the Commission in 
834/2007. 
conversion periods starting under 
respect of the rules relating to 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, by 
conversion periods starting under 
way of derogation from the general 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, by 
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 

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conversion period. 
(73)  Furthermore, a date for the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
expiration of the recognition of 
control authorities and control 
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 
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information to be sent by those 
control authorities and control 
bodies that is necessary for the 
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 
conditions for the implementation of  conditions for the implementation 
the implementation of this Regulation, 
this Regulation, implementing 
of this Regulation, implementing 
implementing powers should be conferred on 
powers should be conferred on the 
powers should be conferred on the 
the Commission as regards the technical details 
Commission as regards the technical  Commission as regards the 
for the establishment of the single database for 
details for the establishment of the 
following: the separation of the 
the listing of the varieties, in particular 
database for the listing of the 
organic and non-organic units of 
traditional and rare varieties, for which plant 
varieties for which plant 
a holding; the documents to be 
reproductive material obtained by the organic 
reproductive material obtained by 
supplied in view of the retroactive  production method is available, as regards the 
the organic production method is 
recognition of a previous period 
authorisation or the withdrawal of the 
available, as regards the 
as part of conversion; the 
authorisation of the products and substances 
authorisation or the withdrawal of 
requirements for specific plants, 
that may be used in organic production in 
the authorisation of the products and  plant products or plant 
general and in the production of processed 
substances that may be used in 
production systems, the technical 
organic food in particular, including the 
organic production in general and in 
details for the establishment of the 
procedures to be followed for the authorisation 
the production of processed organic 
database for the listing of the 
and the lists of those products and substances 
food in particular, including the 
varieties and populations for 
and, where appropriate, their description, 
procedures to be followed for the 
which plant reproductive material
compositional requirement and conditions for 
authorisation and the lists of those 
excluding seedlings, obtained by 
use, as regards the specific and practical 
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products and substances and, where 
the organic production method is 
modalities regarding the presentation, 
appropriate, their description, 
available, and the conditions for 
composition and size of the indications 
compositional requirement and 
the use of non-organic plant 
referring to the code numbers of control 
conditions for use, as regards the 
reproductive material; specific 
authorities and control bodies and of the 
specific and practical modalities 
rules for bovine, ovine, caprine, 
indication of the place where the agricultural 
regarding the presentation, 
equine, porcine animals, poultry, 
raw materials have been farmed, the 
composition and size of the 
bees, and other livestock species; 
assignment of code numbers to control 
indications referring to the code 
the use of non-organic animals 
authorities and control bodies and the 
numbers of control authorities and 
for breeding purposes; specific 
indication of the place where the agricultural 
control bodies and of the indication 
rules for algae cultivation and 
raw materials have been farmed, as regards the 
of the place where the agricultural 
sustainable harvesting of wild 
details and specifications regarding the content, 
raw materials have been farmed, the 
algae; specific rules for different 
form and way of notification of the 
assignment of code numbers to 
species of aquaculture animals; 
notifications by operators and groups of 
control authorities and control 
the use of non-organic 
operators of their activity to the competent 
bodies and the indication of the 
aquaculture juveniles; specific 
authorities and the form of publication of the 
place where the agricultural raw 
rules concerning the production 
fees that may be collected for the controls, as 
materials have been farmed, as 
methods and the techniques 
regards  the exchange of information between 
regards the details and specifications  authorised in the processing of 
groups of operators and competent authorities, 
regarding the content, form and way 
specific food or feed products; the  control authorities and control bodies and 
of notification of the notifications by  identification of oenological 
between Member States and the Commission, 
operators and groups of operators of 
practices, processes and 
as regards the recognition or withdrawal of the 
their activity to the competent 
treatments prohibited and 
recognition of control authorities and control 
authorities and the form of 
restricted in the production of 
bodies which are competent to carry out 
publication of the fees that may be 
organic wine; specific rules on 
controls in third countries and the 
collected for the controls, as regards   how to deal with catastrophic 
establishment of the list of those control 
the exchange of information between  circumstances, possible 
authorities and control bodies and rules to 
groups of operators and competent 
exceptions to be applied in such 
ensure the application of measures in relation 
authorities, control authorities and 
cases for a limited period of time 
to cases of non-compliance, or suspicion 
control bodies and between Member 
and monitoring and reporting 
thereof, affecting the integrity of imported 
States and the Commission, as 
requirements; the authorisation or 
organic products, as regards the establishment 
regards the recognition or 
the withdrawal of the authorisation 
of a list of third countries recognised under 
withdrawal of the recognition of 
of the products and substances that 
Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
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control authorities and control 
may be used in organic production 
and the amendment of that list as well as rules 
bodies which are competent to carry 
in general and in the production of 
to ensure the application of measures in 
out controls in third countries and 
processed organic food in 
relation to cases of non-compliance, or 
the establishment of the list of those 
particular, including the procedures 
suspicion thereof, affecting the integrity of 
control authorities and control 
to be followed for the authorisation 
organic products imported from those 
bodies and rules to ensure the 
and the lists of those products and 
countries, as regards the system to be used to 
application of measures in relation to  substances and, where appropriate, 
transmit the information necessary for the 
cases of non-compliance, or 
their description, compositional 
implementation and monitoring of this 
suspicion thereof, affecting the 
requirement and conditions for use;  Regulation, and as regards the establishment of 
integrity of imported organic 
specific labelling rules for in-
the list of control authorities and control bodies 
products, as regards the 
conversion products of plant 
recognised under Article 33(3) of Regulation 
establishment of a list of third 
origin; the specific and practical 
(EC) No 834/2007 and the amendment of that 
countries recognised under Article 
modalities regarding the use, 
list. Those powers should be exercised in 
33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
presentation, composition and size 
accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 
834/2007 and the amendment of that  of the indications referring to the 
of the European Parliament and of the 
list as well as rules to ensure the 
code numbers of control authorities 
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application of measures in relation to  and control bodies and of the 
cases of non-compliance, or 
indication of the place where the 
suspicion thereof, affecting the 
agricultural raw materials have 
integrity of organic products 
been farmed, and the assignment of 
imported from those countries, as 
code numbers to control authorities 
regards the system to be used to 
and control bodies and the 
transmit the information necessary 
indication of the place where the 
for the implementation and 
agricultural raw materials have 
monitoring of this Regulation, and as  been farmed; the requirements 
regards the establishment of the list 
for the content, form and way of 
of control authorities and control 
the notification to be made by 
bodies recognised under Article 
operators or groups of operators, 
33(3) of Regulation (EC) No 
the keeping of records by 
834/2007 and the amendment of that  operators or groups of operators, 
list. Those powers should be 
the publication by Member States 
exercised in accordance with 
of the list of operators or groups 
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the form and procedures to be 
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applied for the publication of the 
fees that may be collected in 
relation to the controls for 
verifying compliance with the 
organic production rules and for 
the supervision by the competent 
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 
and the competent authorities, 
control authorities and control 

                                                 
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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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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 
the specific needs of the organic 
production sector; the documents 
intended for customs authorities 

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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 
control authorities and control 
bodies which are competent to 
carry out controls in third countries 
and the establishment of the list of 
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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 
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) 
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No 182/2011 of the 
European Parliament and of the 
Council32
(76)  The Commission should be 
(76)  The Commission should be 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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 
                                                 
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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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transition between on the one hand 
transition between on the one 
between, on the one hand, the rules on the 
the rules on the organic origin of 
hand the rules on the organic 
organic origin of plant reproductive material 
plant reproductive material and on 
origin of plant reproductive 
and on animals for breeding purposes provided 
animals for breeding purposes 
material and on animals for 
for in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and the 
provided for in Regulation (EC) No 
breeding purposes provided for 
exception to production rules adopted pursuant 
834/2007 and the exception to 
in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 
to Article 22 of that Regulation, and, on the 
production rules adopted pursuant to  and the exception to production 
other hand, the new production rules for plants 
Article 22 of that Regulation, and on  rules adopted pursuant to Article  and plant products and livestock provided for 
the other hand the new production 
22 of that Regulation, and on the 
in this Regulation, the power to adopt certain 
rules for plants and plant products 
other hand the new production 
acts should be delegated to the Commission in 
and livestock provided for in this 
rules for plants and plant 
respect of the granting of exceptions where 
Regulation, the power to adopt 
products and livestock provided 
exceptions are deemed necessary, in order to 
certain acts should be delegated to 
for in this Regulation, the power 
ensure access to plant reproductive material 
the Commission in respect of the 
to adopt certain acts should be 
and live animals for breeding purposes that 
granting of exceptions where 
delegated to the Commission in 
may be used in organic production. Those acts 
exceptions are deemed necessary, in 
respect of the granting of 
are only transitional in nature, however, and 
order to ensure access to plant 
exceptions where exceptions are 
will therefore apply only for the limited period 
reproductive material and live 
deemed necessary, in order to 
of time needed in order to identify and fill 
animals for breeding purposes that 
ensure access to plant 
gaps in the availability of organic 
may be used in organic production. 
reproductive material and live 
reproductive material for plants and of 
Since those acts are transitional in 
animals for breeding purposes 
organic animals raised for breeding purposes. 
nature, they should apply for a 
that may be used in organic 
limited period of time. 
production. Since those acts are 
transitional in nature, they 
should apply for a limited period 
of time. 

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 

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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 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 organic plant 
consider the situation of the 
consider the situation of the 
reproductive material, feed, and animals 
availability of organic plant 
availability of organic plant 
raised for breeding purposes are available on 
reproductive material and animals 
reproductive material, and animals 
the market in sufficient quantities, and before 
for breeding purposes and present a  for breeding purposes and young 
submitting any proposals for the phasing-out 
report to this end to the European 
stock of aquaculture animals and 
of exceptions, the Commission should carry 
Parliament and the Council in 
present a report to this end to the 
out a study based on data collection and on 
2021. 
European Parliament and the 
analysis of the situation in the Member States. 
Council in 20241
On the basis of that study, the Commission 
should by the end of 2020 present a report to 
the European Parliament and the Council 

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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 and its 
institutional framework.
 
(79)  Provision should be made to 
(79)  Provision should be made to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 

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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 
[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 
obligations and administrative 

official certification,  reporting 
assistance should be adapted to the 
obligations and administrative 
specific needs of the organic 
assistance should be adapted to the 
production sector. Regulation (EU) 
specific needs of the organic 
No XXX/XXX [official controls 
production sector. Regulation (EU) 
Regulation] should therefore be 
No XXX/XXX [official controls 
amended accordingly. 
Regulation] should therefore be 
amended accordingly. 

(81)  Since the objectives of this 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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Union may adopt measures, in 
accordance with the principle of 
subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
a date of application of this 
Regulation that would give the 
possibility to operators to adapt to 
the new requirements introduced. 
HAVE ADOPTED THIS 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
REGULATION: 
Chapter I 
 
 
Subject matter, scope and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 principles of 
principles of organic production and 
principles of organic production 
organic production and the control and 
lays down the rules concerning 
and lays down the rules concerning 
certification thereof, and lays down the rules 
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organic production and the use of 
organic production, certification 
concerning organic production, processing, 
indications referring thereto in 
and controls and the use of 
distribution, controls, and the use of 
labelling and advertising. 
indications referring thereto in 
indications referring to organic production in 
labelling and advertising. 
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 the following 
agricultural products listed in 
to agricultural products listed in 
products originating from agriculture, 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
Annex I to the Treaty on the 
including aquaculture and beekeeping, where 
Functioning of the European 
Functioning of the European 
such products are, or are intended to be, 
Union (‘the Treaty’) and to some 
Union (‘the Treaty’) and to some  produced, prepared, labelled, distributed, 
other products listed in Annex I to 
other products listed in Annex I 
placed on the Union market, or imported into 
this Regulation, insofar as those 
to this Regulation, insofar as 
or exported from the Union as organic: 
agricultural products and those 
those agricultural products and 
other products are intended to be 
those other products are intended 
produced, prepared, distributed, 
to be produced, prepared, 
placed on the market, imported or 
distributed, placed on the 
exported as organic. 
market, imported or exported as 
organic.This Regulation shall 

The products of hunting and fishing 
apply to the following products 
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of wild animals shall not be 
listed in Annex I to the TFEU or 
considered as organic products. 
originating from such products, 
where they 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:
 
(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 for food; 
products for use as food; 

(c) 
feed; 
(c) feed; 
(d)  plant reproductive 
(d) algae and aquaculture animals; 
material. 
 
(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, 

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placed on the market, imported or exported. 
 
The products of hunting and fishing of wild 
animals shall not be considered to constitute 
organic 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 any operator 
2. 
This Regulation shall apply to 
2. 
This Regulation shall apply to  involved in activities, at any stage of 
any operator involved in activities, at  any operator involved in activities, 
production, preparation, labelling and 
any stage of production, preparation 
at any stage of production, 
distribution, relating to the products referred to 
and distribution, relating to the 
preparation and distribution, 
in paragraph 1 
products referred to in paragraph 1. 
relating to the products referred to 
Mass catering operations carried out by a mass 
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Mass catering operations carried out 
in paragraph 1. 
caterer as defined in point (d) of Article 2(2) of 
by a mass caterer as defined in point 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the 
Mass catering operations carried 
(d) of Article 2(2) of Regulation 
European Parliament and of the Council35 shall 
out by a mass caterer as defined in 
(EU) No 1169/2011 of the European 
be subject to this Regulation. 
point (d) of Article 2(2) of 
Parliament and of the Council33 
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 
shall not be subject to this 
the European Parliament and of the 
Regulation. 
Council34 shall not be subject to 
 
this Regulation. 
 
Amendment 68  
 
 
Article 2 (2) (3) 
deleted 
Member States may apply national 
Member States may apply national 
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 
Union shall not be used in the 

                                                 
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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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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 without 
without prejudice to related Union 
without prejudice to related Union 
prejudice to other Union legislation or national 
legislation in the fields of inter alia 
legislation, in particular in the 
provisions, in conformity with Union law 
safety of the food chain, animal 
fields of inter alia safety of the 
concerning products specified in this Article, 
health and welfare, plant health, 
food chain, animal health and 
such as provisions governing the production, 
and plant reproductive material, 
welfare, plant health, and plant 
preparation, marketing, labelling and control 
and in particular to Regulation 
reproductive material, and in 
of those products, and including legislation on 
(EU) No XX/XXX of the European 
particular to Regulation (EU) No 
foodstuffs and animal nutrition. 
Parliament and of the Council35 
XX/XXX of the European 
(plant reproductive material) and 
Parliament and of the Council37 
Regulation (EU) No XX/XXXX of 
(plant reproductive material) and 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
without prejudice to other specific 
Union provisions relating to the 
placing of products on the market 
and, in particular, to Regulation 
                                                 
35 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
36 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
37 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
38 
[full title] (OJ L,…). 
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(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  
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For the purposes of this Regulation, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
the following definitions shall apply: 
(1) 
‘organic production’ means the  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
use of production methods compliant 
                                                 
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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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with this Regulation, at all stages of 
production, preparation and 
distribution; 
(2) 
‘organic’ means coming from 
(2) 
‘organic’ means coming 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 'aquaculture 
means an agricultural product that 
raw material' means an agricultural or 
has not been subjected to any 
aquaculture product that has not been 
operation of preservation or 
subjected to any operation of processing, 
processing; 
preparation or preservation; 
Amendment 72  
 
 
Article 3 (4) 
(4) 
‘preventive measures’ means 
(4) 
‘preventive measures’ means  (4) 'preventive and precautionary measures' 
measures to be taken in order to 
measures to be taken in order to 
means measures to be taken in order to ensure 
ensure soil quality as well as 
ensure soil quality as well as 
organic production quality as well as 
prevention and control of pests and 
prevention and control of pests and 
preservation of biodiversity and to prevent 
weeds, and to prevent contamination 
weeds for plants, prevention and 
contamination and commingling with products 
with products or substances that are 
control of disease for animals, as 
or substances that are not authorised under this 
not authorised under this Regulation;  well as, and to prevent in 
Regulation at all stages of production, 
particular contamination with 
preparation and distribution; 
products or substances that are not 
authorised under this Regulation at 
all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution;
 
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Amendment 73  
 
 
Article 3 (5) 
(5) 
‘conversion’ means the 
(5) 
‘conversion’ means the 
(5) 'conversion' means the transition from non-
transition from non-organic to 
transition from non-organic to 
organic to organic production within a given 
organic production within a given 
organic production within a given 
period of time during which the provisions 
period of time; 
period of time during which the 
relating to organic production have been 
provisions of this Regulation 
applied; 
concerning organic production 
have been applied

 
(5a)  ‘in-conversion products’ 
 
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 
legal person responsible for ensuring 
that this Regulation is complied with 
at all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution under 
their control; 
 
(6a)  ‘holding’ means all the 
 
production units operated under 
a single management for the 
purpose of producing products 
referred to in Article 2(1);
 
 
(6b)  ‘production unit’ means all 
 
assets to be used for a production 
sector such as primary 

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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 
 
material’ means plant(s) as well 
as all forms of plant(s) at any 
growth stage including seeds, 
capable of, and intended for, 
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 group 
group in which each operator is a 
group in of which each member is 
fulfilling all of the following conditions: 
farmer who has a holding of up to 5  a farmer or an operators is a 
hectares of utilised agricultural 

farmer producing algae or 
area and who may, in addition to 
aquaculture animals who in 
producing food or feed, be engaged 
addition may be engaged in 
in processing of food or feed; 
processing of food or feed and 
whose turnover is less than 
25.000 Euro per year or standard 
output is less than 15.000 Euro 

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per year or who has a holding of 
up to 5 hectares of utilised 
agricultural area and who may, 
in addition to producing food or 
feed, be engaged in processing of 
food or feed
; 
 
 
(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 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 
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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 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
agricultural area as defined in point 
(e) of Article 4(1) of Regulation 
(EU) No 1307/2013; 
 
(9a)  ‘populations’ means plant 
 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
defined in point 5 of Article 3 of 
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Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009; 
Amendment 75  
 
 
Article 3 (10) (a) (new) 
 
 
(10a) 'organic plant breeding and variety 
development' means the 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' 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) 
 
 
(10c) 'mother plant' means an identified plant 
from which plant reproductive material is 
taken for reproduction of new plants;
 
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Amendment 78  
 
 
Article 3 (10) (d) (new) 
 
 
(10d) 'generation' means a group of plants 
constituting a single line of descent of plants;
 
Amendment 79  
 
 
Article 3 (10) (e) (new) 
 
 
(10e) 'organic animal breeding' means the 
enhancement of genetic 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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
production of agricultural crop 
products including harvesting of 
wild plant products for commercial 
purposes; 
(12)  ‘plant products’ means plant 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
in Article 1(1) of Regulation (EU) 
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No XX/XXXX (protective measures 
against pests of plants); 
Amendment 80  
 
 
Article 3 (13) (a) (new) 
 
 
(13a) ‘herbal preparations’ means extracts 
obtained from certain plants for the purpose 
of strengthening crops or repelling or 
eliminating pests and diseases;
 
Amendment 81  
 
 
Article 3 (13) (b) (new) 
 
 
(13b) ‘biodynamic preparations’ means 
mixtures traditionally used in biodynamic 
farming and numbered from 500 to 508;
 
(14)  ‘plant protection products’ 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
means the products referred to in 
Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 
1107/2009; 
(15)  ‘livestock production’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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, roofed, 
roofed, uninsulated, outdoor part of 
uninsulated, outdoor part of a livestock 
a livestock building, the longest side 
building, the longest side being usually 
equipped with wire fencing or netting with 
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being usually equipped with wire 
outdoor climate, natural and, where possible, 
fencing or netting with outdoor 
artificial illumination and a littered floor; 
climate, natural and artificial 
illumination and a littered floor; 
Amendment 83  
 
 
Article 3 (16) (a) (new) 
 
 
(16a) ‘laying pullets’ means young animals of 
the Gallus gallus species intended for egg 
production and of an age of less than 18 
weeks;
 
Amendment 84  
 
 
Article 3 (16) (b) (new) 
 
 
(16b) ‘laying hens’ means animals of the 
Gallus gallus species 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 the Gallus 
gallus species kept for meat production;
 
Amendment 86  
 
 
Article 3 (16) (d) (new) 
 
 
(16d) 'usable area' means an area as defined 
in Council Directive 1999/74/EC1a, being an 
area (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 

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areas shall not be regarded as usable areas; 
Amendment 87  
 
 
Article 3 (16) (f) (new) 
 
 
(16f) 'core indicators' means indicators 
relating to the direct environmental aspects 
defined in Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009;
 
(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 
 
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 
 
sources’ means renewable non-
fossil energy sources such as 
wind, solar, geothermal wave, 

                                                 
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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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tidal, hydropower, landfill gas, 
sewage treatment plant gas and 
biogases;
 
 
(17c) ‘hatchery’ in the 
 
framework of aquaculture and 
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 
 
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 
 
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 

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European Parliament and of the 
Council
41 and in Directive 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
the framework of aquaculture 
and algae production means 
species which are neither alien 
nor locally absent species under 

                                                 
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). 

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 
 
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 
all courses of a curative or 
preventive treatment against one 
occurrence of a specific disease; 
(19)  ‘veterinary medicinal 
(19)  ‘veterinary medicinal 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Council'veterinary medicinal 
products' means veterinary 

                                                 
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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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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 operations of 
operations of preserving or 
preserving or processing of organic products, 
processing of organic products, 
including slaughter and cutting for livestock 
including slaughter and cutting for 
products, packaging, labelling or alterations 
livestock products, packaging, 
made to the labelling relating to the organic 
labelling or alterations made to the 
production method used; 
labelling relating to organic 
production; 
(21)  ‘food’ means food as defined 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
in Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 
178/2002 of the European 
Parliament and of the 
Council46;‘feed’ means feed as 
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 
                                                 
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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point 4 of Article 3 of Regulation 
(EC) No 178/2002; 
(23)  ‘feed material’ means feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 plant 
feed produced during the conversion  feed produced during the 
products produced during the conversion 
period, with the exclusion of those 
conversion period, with the 
period, to the exclusion of those harvested in 
harvested in the 12 months 
exclusion of those harvested in 
the 12 months following the beginning of the 
following the beginning of the 
the 12 months following the 
conversion; 
conversion; 
beginning of the conversion;  
(25)  ‘placing on the market’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
placing on the market as defined in 
 
 
point 8 of Article 3 of Regulation 
(EC) No 178/2002; 
(26)  ‘traceability’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
traceability as defined in point 15 of 
 
 
Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 
                                                 
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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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No 178/2002; 
(27)  ‘stages of production, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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’ means 
means circumstances deriving from 
circumstances’ means 
circumstances deriving from an ‘adverse 
an ‘adverse climatic event’, an 
circumstances deriving from an 
climatic event’, an ‘environmental incident’, a 
‘environmental incident’, a ‘natural 
‘adverse climatic event’, an 
‘natural disaster’, an 'animal disease' or a 
disaster’ or a ‘catastrophic event’ as 
‘environmental incident’, a 
‘catastrophic event’ as defined respectively in 
defined respectively in points (h), 
‘natural disaster’ or a 
points (h), (i), (j), (k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
(j), (k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
‘catastrophic event’ as defined 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 
respectively in points (h), (j), (k) 
and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013; 

(29)  ‘ingredient’ means an 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
ingredient as defined in point (f) of 
 
 
Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 
No 1169/2011; 
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(30)  ‘labelling’ means labelling as 
(30)  ‘labelling’ means any words,  Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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 
competent authorities as defined in 
 
point 5 of Article 2 of Regulation 
(EU) No XXX/XXXX [Official 
controls Regulation
]; 
Amendment 91  
 
 
Article 3 (33) 
(33)  ‘control authority’ means 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(33) 'control authority' means a public 
control authority for organic 
administrative organisation of a Member 
production and labelling of organic 
State to which the competent authority has 
delegated, in whole or in part, its competence 

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products as defined in point 39 of 
for inspection and certification in the field of 
Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 
organic production and labelling in accordance 
XXX/XXXX [Official controls 
with the provisions set out in this Regulation. 
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 independent 
delegated body as defined in point 
private or public third party carrying out 
38 of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 
inspection and certification in the field of 
No XXX/XXXX [Official controls 
organic production in accordance with the 
Regulation], as well as a body 
provisions set out in this Regulation. It also 
recognised by the Commission or by 
includes, where appropriate, the 
a third country recognised by the 
corresponding body of a third country or the 
Commission to carry out controls in 
corresponding body operating in a third 
third countries for the import of 
country; 
organic products into the Union; 
(35)  ‘non-compliance’ means non-
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
compliance with this Regulation; 
Amendment 93  
 
 
Article 3 (35) (a) (new) 
 
 
(35a) 'compliance' means 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 

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refers; 
Amendment 94  
 
 
Article 3 (36) 
(36)  ‘genetically modified 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(36) 'genetically modified organism' means a 
organism’ means a genetically 
genetically modified organism as defined in 
modified organism as defined in 
Directive 2001/18/EC of the European 
point (2) of Article 2 of Directive 
Parliament and of the Council43, hereinafter 
2001/18/EC of the European 
referred to as ‘GMO'; 
Parliament and of the Council48 
which is not obtained through the 
techniques of genetic modifications 
listed in Annex I.B to that Directive,
 
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 
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 
additive as defined in point (a) of 
                                                 
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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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 
additive as defined in point (a) of 
Article 2(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
1831/2003 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council50
Amendment 95  
 
 
Article 3 (40) (a) (new) 
 
 
(40a) 'engineered nanomaterial' means 
engineered nanomaterial as 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 different 
the same objectives and principles 
systems or measures, means that they meet the 
by applying rules which ensure the 
same objectives and principles by applying 
same level of assurance of 
rules which ensure the same level of assurance 
conformity; ‘processing aid’ means 
of conformity; 
processing aid as defined in point 
(b) of Article 3(2) of Regulation 

                                                 
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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(EC) No 1333/2008; 
 
(41a) ‘processing aid’ means 
 
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 
enzyme as defined in point (a) of 
Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
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 ionising 
ionising radiation as defined in 
radiation as defined in Article 1 of Council 
Article 1 of Council Directive 
Directive 96/29/Euratom47 and as regulated by 
96/29/Euratom52. 
Directive 1999/2/EC of the European 
Parliament and of the Council47 a;
 
 
(43a) ‘pre-packed food’ means a 
 
pre-packed food as defined in 
Article 2(2)(e) of Regulation (EU) 
No 1169/2011 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council;
 
                                                 
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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Amendment 98  
 
 
Article 3 (43) (a) (new) 
 
 
(43a) 'mass catering operations' means the 
preparation and distribution of organic 
products in 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 assets used 
in a production sector, such as primary 
production premises, land, parcels, pastures, 
open-air areas, livestock buildings, hives, fish 
ponds, containment systems or sites for algae 
or 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 covered, 
independent structure fitted out in such a way 
as to protect the animals housed within it from 
bad weather;
 
Amendment 101  
 
 
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Article 3 (43) (d) (new) 
 
 
(43d) 'hydroponic production' means the 
method of growing plants with their roots in a 
mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert 
medium, such as perlite, gravel or mineral 
wool to which a nutrient solution is added;
 
Amendment 102  
 
 
Article 3 (43) (e) (new) 
 
 
(43e) 'soil-bound crop cultivation' means 
production in living soil such as mineral soil 
mixed and/or fertilised with materials and 
products allowed in organic production, in 
connection with the subsoil and bedrock;
 
Amendment 103  
 
 
Article 3 (43) (f) (new) 
 
 
(43f) 'holding' means all the production units 
operated under a single management for the 
purpose of producing the products referred to 
in Article 2(1);
 
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 
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Principles of organic production 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Objectives of, and principles for, organic 
production 
Amendment 106  
 
 
Article 3 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 3a 
Objectives 
 
 
 
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, organic 

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

Article 4 
 
 
General principles 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 on the 
that is based on the following 
agriculture that is based 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 the 
and cycles and sustainment and 
and cycles and sustainment and 
environment, the climate and human health; 
enhancement of the state of soil, 
enhancement of the state of soil, 
water, air and biodiversity, of the 
water and, air and biodiversity, of 
health of plants and animals and of  the health of plants and animals and 
the balance between them; 
of the balance between them; 
(b) 
contribution to a high level of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) contribution to a high level of biodiversity; 
biodiversity; 
(c) 
responsible use of energy and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(c) responsible use of energy and natural 
natural resources, such as water, soil, 
resources, such as water, soil, organic matter 
organic matter and air; 
and air; 
(d) 
respect of high animal welfare 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(d) respect of high animal welfare standards 
standards and, in particular, 
and, in particular, fulfilment of animals’ 
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fulfilment of animals’ species-
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(e) appropriate design and management of 
management of biological processes 
biological processes based on ecological 
based on ecological systems using 
systems using natural resources which are 
natural resources which are internal 
internal to the system by methods that: 
to the system by methods that: 
(i) 
use living organisms and  Commission proposal unchanged 
(i) use living organisms and mechanical 
mechanical production 
production methods; 
methods; 
(ii)  practice land-related 
(ii)  practice land-related 
(ii) practice soil-bound crop cultivation and 
crop cultivation and livestock 
crop cultivation and livestock  land-related livestock production or 
production or practice 
production or practice 
aquaculture which complies with the principle 
aquaculture which complies 
aquaculture which complies 
of sustainable fisheries. Additionally, such 
with the principle of 
with the principle of 
practices shall be based on the following 
sustainable exploitation of 
sustainable exploitation of 
principles: 
fisheries; 
fisheries aquatic resources
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– 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 longevity;
 
(iii)  exclude the use of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(iii) exclude the use of GMOs and products 
GMOs and products produced 
produced from or by GMOs with the exception 
from or by GMOs with the 
of veterinary medicinal products; 
exception of veterinary 
medicinal products; 
(iv)  are based on the use of 
(iv)  are based on risk 
(iv) are based on risk assessment as defined in 
preventive measures, when 
assessment, and the use of 
Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and 
appropriate; 
precautionary of and 
the use of precautionary measures, when 
preventive measures, when 
appropriate; 
appropriate; 
(f) 
restriction of the use of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(f) restriction of the use of external inputs. 
external inputs. Where external 
Where external inputs are required or the 
inputs are required or the appropriate 
appropriate management practices and methods 
management practices and methods 
referred to in point (e) do not exist, these shall 
referred to in point (e) do not exist, 
be limited to: 
these shall be limited to: 
(i) 
inputs from organic 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(i) inputs from organic production; in the case 
production; 
of plant reproductive material, priority shall 
be given to varieties selected for their ability to 

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meet the specific needs and objectives of 
organic farming where available;
 
(ii)  natural or naturally-
Commission proposal unchanged 
(ii) natural or naturally-derived substances; 
derived substances; 
(iii)  low solubility mineral 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(iii) low solubility mineral fertilisers; 
fertilisers; 
(g) 
adaptation, where 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(g) adaptation, where necessary, and within the 
necessary, and within the framework 
framework of this Regulation, of the 
of this Regulation, of the production 
production process, taking account of the 
process, taking account of the 
sanitary status, regional differences in 
sanitary status, regional differences 
ecological balance, climate and local 
in ecological balance, climate and 
conditions, stages of development and specific 
local conditions, stages of 
husbandry practices. 
development and specific husbandry 
practices. 
 
(ga)  exclusion of animal cloning, 
 
rearing artificially induced 
polyploid animals and ionising 
radiation from the whole organic 
food chain; 

 
(gb)  production of a wide variety   
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 

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welfare; 
 
(gc)  ensuring the integrity of 
 
organic production at all stages of 
production, processing and 
distribution of food and feed 

Article 5 
 
 
Specific principles applicable to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
agricultural activities and 
aquaculture
 
In the framework of agricultural 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
activities and aquaculture, organic 
production shall in particular be 
based on the following specific 
principles: 
(a) 
maintenance and enhancement 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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-
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
renewable resources and external 
inputs to a minimum; 
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(c) 
recycling of wastes and by-
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
products of plant and animal origin 
as input in plant and livestock 
production; 
(d) 
maintenance of plant health by  (d) 
maintenance of plant health 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 and 
animals;
 
(e) 
choice of breeds having regard  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animal welfare respecting species-
specific needs; 
(g) 
feeding of livestock with 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 from the whole 
engineering, animal cloning, 
engineering, animal cloning, 
organic food chain; 
artificially induced polyploidy and 
artificially induced polyploidy 
ionising radiation from the whole 
and ionising radiation from the 
organic food chain; 
whole organic food chain; 
Amendment 110  
 
 
Article 5 (h) (a) (new) 
 
 
(ha) exclusion of food containing or 
consisting of artificially engineered 
nanomaterials;
 
Amendment 111  
 
 
Article 5 (i) 
(i) 
continuing health of the 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(i) maintenance of biodiversity in natural 
aquatic environment and the quality 
aquatic ecosystems, and ensuring the 
of surrounding aquatic and terrestrial 
continuing health of the aquatic environment 
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ecosystems; 
and the quality of surrounding aquatic and 
terrestrial ecosystems in aquaculture 
production
; 
(j) 
feeding of aquatic organisms 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 regional 
ecological balance when taking production 
decisions;
 
Amendment 113  
 
 
Article 5 (j) (b) (new) 
 
 
(jb) production of organic livestock products 
derived from 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 processing 
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processing of organic food and feed 
of organic food 
Amendment 115  
 
 
Article 6 
Production of processed organic 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Production of processed organic food shall, in 
food and feed shall in particular be 
particular, be based on the following specific 
based on the following specific 
principles: 
principles: 
(a) 
production of organic food 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(a) the production of organic food from organic 
from organic agricultural 
agricultural ingredients, except where an 
ingredients; 
ingredient is not available as an organic 
product at a certain point in time. In such 
cases, non-organic ingredients may, 
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 
 
from organic feed materials; 
(c) 
limitation of the use of food 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) restriction of the use of food additives, of 
additives, of non-organic ingredients 
non-organic ingredients with mainly 
with mainly technological and 
technological and sensory functions, and of 
sensory functions, and of 
micronutrients and processing aids, so that they 
micronutrients and processing aids, 
are used to a minimum extent and only in cases 
so that they are used to a minimum 
of essential technological need or for particular 
extent and only in cases of essential 
nutritional purposes; 
technological need or for particular 
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nutritional purposes; 
(d) 
limitation of the use of feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
additives and processing aids to a 
minimum extent and only in cases 
of essential technological or 
zootechnical needs or for particular 
nutritional purposes; 

(e) 
exclusion of substances and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(c) exclusion of substances and processing 
processing methods that might be 
methods that might be misleading as regards 
misleading as regards the true nature 
the true nature of the product; 
of the product; 
(f) 
processing of food or feed 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(d) processing of food with care, preferably 
with care, preferably through the use 
through the use of biological, mechanical and 
of biological, mechanical and 
physical methods. 
physical methods. 
Amendment 116  
 
 
Article 6 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 6a 
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 
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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; 

 
 
(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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Article 7 
 
 
General production rules 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1. 
Operators shall comply with 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
holding or aquaculture 
or aquaculture holding or 
aquaculture operation shall be managed in 
operation shall be managed in 
aquaculture operation shall 
compliance with this Regulation; 
compliance with the 
be managed in compliance 
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 authorised 
provided in point 2.2 of Part 
mentioned in Article 19 and  pursuant to point 2.2 of Part IV and point 1.3 of 
IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of 
in save as otherwise 
Part VI of Annex II for the purposes 
Annex II, only products and 
provided in point 2.2 of Part 
mentioned in Article 19 may be used in 
substances authorised pursuant 
IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of  organic agriculture and aquaculture, provided 
to Article 19 may be used in 
Annex II, only products and 
that the product or substance in question has 
organic agriculture and 
substances authorised 
been authorised for use in agriculture and 
aquaculture, provided that the 
pursuant to these provisions 
aquaculture, in accordance with the relevant 
product or substance in 
Article 19 may be used in 
provisions of Union law and, where necessary, 
question has been authorised 
organic agriculture and 
in the Member States concerned, in accordance 
for use in agriculture and 
aquaculture, provided that the  with national provisions based on Union law; 
aquaculture, in accordance 
product or substance in 
the use of products and substances used for 
with the relevant provisions of 
question has been authorised 
purposes other than those mentioned in 
Union law and, where 
for use in agriculture and 
Article 19 and authorised pursuant to point 
necessary, in the Member 
aquaculture, in accordance 
2.2 of Part IV and point 1.3 of Part VI of 
States concerned, in 
with the relevant provisions 
Annex II shall be allowed provided that their 
accordance with national 
of Union law and, where 
use respects the principles laid down in 
provisions based on Union 
necessary, in the Member 
Chapter II; 
law; 
States concerned, in 
accordance with national 
provisions based on Union 
law; the use of products and 
substances used for other 
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 
provided that their use 

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respects the principles laid 
down in Chapter II.   

(c) 
the use of ionising 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 the rearing 
cloning and the rearing of 
of artificially induced polyploid animals is 
artificially induced 
prohibited; 
polyploid animals is 
prohibited; 

 
(cb)  preventive measures 
 
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 taken as 
appropriate at all stages of production, 
preparation and distribution;
 
Amendment 121  
 
 
Article 7 (1) (d) 
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(d) 
organic operators other 
(d)  organic operators 
(d) organic operators other than micro-
than micro-enterprises, farmers 
other than micro-
enterprises, farmers, beekeepers, retailers, and 
and operators producing 
enterprises, farmers and 
operators producing algae or aquaculture 
seaweed or aquaculture 
operators producing 
animals, shall improve their environmental 
animals, shall put in place an 
seaweed or aquaculture 
performance so as to protect biodiversity and 
environmental management 
animals, shall put in place 
to contribute to climate change mitigation by 
system with a view to 
an environmental 
means such as carbon sequestration, 
improving their 
management system with a 
establishing performance targets. 
environmental performance. 
view to improving their 
environmental 
performance. 

 
1a. 
By way of derogation from 
 
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 
be involved. 

 
As regards aquaculture, the same   
species may be involved, provided 

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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 
 
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) 
2. 
In order to ensure the correct 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. In order to ensure the correct application of 
application of the general production  correct application of the general 
the general production rules, the Commission 
rules, the Commission shall be 
production rules, the Commission  shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
empowered to adopt delegated acts 
shall be empowered to adopt 
accordance with Article 36, based on the 
in accordance with Article 36 
delegated acts in accordance with  principles set out in Chapter II, laying down 
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providing the criteria to which the 
Article 36 providing the criteria 
the criteria to which the requirements for 
environmental management system 
to which the environmental 
environmental performance measures taken in 
referred to in point (d) of paragraph 
management system referred to 
organic operations as referred to in point (d) of 
is to correspond. Those criteria 
in point (d) of paragraph 1 is to 
paragraph 1 are to correspond. Those criteria 
shall take into account the 
correspond. Those criteria shall 
shall take into account the specificities of small 
specificities of small and medium 
take into account the specificities 
and medium-sized enterprises. 
size enterprises. 
of small and medium size 
enterprises
 The Commission 
shall, by way of implementing 
acts, lay down more specific rules 
on the application of paragraphs 
1a and 1b. 

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

Amendment 123  
 
 
Article 7 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 7a 
Derogation from general production rules 
 
 
1. By way of derogation from point (a) of 
Article 7(1), a holding may 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;
 
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(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 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. 

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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 
 
 
Conversion 
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Amendment 124  
 
 
Article 8 (1) 
1. 
Farmers and operators 
1. 
Farmers and operators 
1. Farmers, beekeepers and operators 
producing seaweed or aquaculture 
producing seaweed  algae or 
producing algae or aquaculture animals shall 
animals shall respect a conversion 
aquaculture animals shall respect a 
respect a conversion period. Throughout the 
period. During the whole conversion  conversion period. During the 
conversion period they shall apply all rules on 
period they shall apply the rules on 
whole conversion period they shall 
organic production laid down in this Regulation 
organic production laid down in this 
apply the rules on organic 
and, in particular, the specific rules on 
Regulation and, in particular, the 
production laid down in this 
conversion set out in Annex II. 
specific rules on conversion set out 
Regulation and, in particular, the 
in Annex II. 
relevant specific rules on 
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 at the 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
earliest when the farmer or the operator 
or the operator producing seaweed 
or the operator producing seaweed 
producing algae or aquaculture animals has 
or aquaculture animals has notified 
algae or aquaculture animals has 
subjected his holding to the certification and 
his activity to the competent 
notified his activity to the 
control system and notified his activity to the 
authorities in accordance with this 
competent authorities  in 
competent authorities in accordance with this 
accordance as referred to in 
Regulation. 
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article 24(1) and his holding is 
submitted to the organic 
certification and control system. 
 
with this Regulation. 
 
 
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 
organic production.
 
 
 
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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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 
recognised retroactively as being 
period may be recognised 
part of the conversion period. 
retroactively as being part of the 
conversion period., except where: 
 
(a)  the land parcels were 
 
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 

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(b)  proof can be provided 
 
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 
 
organic products separate from 
the in-conversion products and 
shall keep adequate records to 
show the effective separation. 

Amendment 127  
 
 
Article 8 (4) 
4. 
Products produced during the 
4. 
Products produced during the 
4. Animals and animal products produced 
conversion period shall not be 
conversion period shall not be 
during the conversion period shall not be 
marketed as organic. 
marketed as organic. 
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 
 
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 

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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 
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 
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, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
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Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
organic production and adaptation to technical 
production and adaptation to 
organic production and 
developments, the Commission shall be 
technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
rules laid down in this Article or supplementing 
with Article 36 supplementing the 
delegated acts in accordance with  the rules set out in Annex II as regards 
rules laid down in this Article or 
Article 36 supplementing the 
conversion. 
supplementing and amending the 
rules laid down in this Article or 
rules set out in Annex II as regards 
supplementing and amending the 
conversion. 
rules set out in Annex II as 
regards conversion. 

 
The Commission shall, where 
 
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 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Article 9 
 
 
Prohibition of the use of GMOs 
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1. 
GMOs and products produced 
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from or by GMOs shall not be used 
in  food or feed or as food, feed, 
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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 
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2. For the purposes of the prohibition laid 
1, with regard to GMOs or products 
down in paragraph 1, with regard to GMOs or 
produced from or by GMOs for food 
products produced from or by GMOs for food 
and feed, operators may rely on the 
and feed, operators shall rely on the labels of a 
labels of a product or any other 
product or any other accompanying document, 
accompanying document, affixed or 
affixed or provided pursuant to Directive 
provided pursuant to Directive 
2001/18/EC, Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of 
2001/18/EC, Regulation (EC) No 
the European Parliament and of the Council48 
1829/2003 of the European 
or Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 of the 
Parliament and of the Council53 or 
European Parliament and of the Council49. 
Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 of 
the European Parliament and of the 
Council54
3. 
Operators may assume that no 
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GMOs or products produced from or 
by GMOs have been used in the 
manufacture of purchased food and 
                                                 
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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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 
Regulations. 
 
3a. 
For the purpose of the 
 
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 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. 

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Plant production rules 
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Amendment 132  
 
 
Article 10 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing plants or 
1. 
Operators producing plants or  1. Operators producing plants or plant products 
plant products shall in particular 
plant products shall in particular 
shall in particular comply with the specific 
comply with the specific production 
comply with the specific 
production rules set out in Part I of Annex II 
rules set out in Part I of Annex II. 
production rules set out in Part I of 
and with the specific implementing rules laid 
Annex II and with the specific 
down in accordance with paragraph 4 of this 
rules laid down in accordance 
Article. 
with paragraph 4 (a) and (c). 
Amendment 133  
 
 
Article 10 (2) 
2. 
Each Member State shall 
2. 
Each Member State shall 
2. Each Member State shall ensure that a 
ensure that a computerised database 
ensure that a computerised database  computerised database is established for 
is established for listing the varieties  is established for listing the 
indicative listing of varieties including seed 
and heterogeneous material
varieties and populations 
potatoes and heterogeneous material, such as 
according to Regulation (EU) No 
heterogeneous material
populations or open pollinated varieties, 
XX/XXX (PRM law) for which plant  according to Regulation (EU) No 
meaning that they have not been obtained by 
reproductive material obtained by 
XX/XXX (PRM law) for which 
controlled pollination of inbred lines for 
the organic production method is 
plant reproductive material
which seeds obtained by the organic production 
available on its territory. 
excluding seedlings, obtained by 
method are available on its national market. 
the organic production method is 
The organically bred varieties or 
available on its territory.  
heterogeneous material selected for their 
ability to meet the specific aims and objectives 
of organic farming shall be clearly identified 
in the list.
 
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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,  
(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, 
 
 
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(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, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic plant 
this Regulation as regards 
organic plant production and adaptation to 
production and adaptation to 
organic plant production and 
technical developments, the Commission shall 
technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
specific plant production rules as regards: 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with 
supplementing the specific plant 
Article 36 amending or 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific plant 
production rules as regards:
 
Amendment 135  
 
 
Article 10 (3) (a) 
(a) 
cultivation practices; 
(a)  cultivation practices; 
deleted 
Amendment 136  
 
 
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Article 10 (3) (b) 
(b) 
soil management and 
(b)  soil management and 
(b) soil management and fertilisation, as laid 
fertilisation; 
fertilisation; 
down in points 1.5.4 and 1.5.5 of Part I of 
Annex II
; 
Amendment 137  
 
 
Article 10 (3) (c) 
(c) 
plant health and 
(c) 
plant health and 
(c) plant health and management of pests
management of pests and 
management of pests and 
weeds and diseases, as laid down in point 1.6 
weeds
weeds; 
of Part I of Annex II; 
(d) 
management of 
(d)  management of 
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mushroom production and 
mushroom production and 
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 
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 laid down in 
plants. 
plants. 
point 2.2 of Part I of Annex II. 
Amendment 140  
 
 
Article 10 (4) 
4. 
The Commission shall adopt 
4. 
The Commission shall adopt 
4. The Commission shall adopt implementing 
implementing acts laying down the 
acts laying down
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technical details for establishing the 
implementing acts laying down: 
database referred to in paragraph 2. 
Those implementing acts shall be 
(a)  requirements for 
(a) the requirements for specific plants, plant 
adopted in accordance with the 
specific plants, plant 
products or plant production systems; 
examination procedure referred to in 
products or plant 
Article 37(2). 
production systems; 
(b)  the technical details for 
(b) the technical details for establishing the 
establishing the database 
database referred to in paragraph 2. 
referred to in paragraph 2; 
(c) 
the conditions for the 
(c) the conditions for the implementation of 
implementation of point 
point 1.4.2 of Part I of Annex II. 
1.4.2 of 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 
adopted in accordance with the 
accordance with the examination procedure 
examination procedure referred to 
referred to in Article 37(2). 
in Article 37(2). 
Article 11 
 
 
Livestock production rules 
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Amendment 141  
 
 
Article 11 (1) 
1. 
Livestock operators shall in 
1. 
Livestock operators shall in 
1. Livestock operators shall in particular 
particular comply with the specific 
particular comply with the specific 
comply with the production rules set out in Part 
production rules set out in Part II of 
production rules set out in Part II of  II of Annex II. 
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Annex II and with the specific 
rules laid down in accordance 
with paragraphs 2a, 2b and 2c.
 
Amendment 142  
 
 
Article 11 (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
1a. By 1 July 2017 the Commission shall 
present to the European Parliament and to the 
Council a report on new species-specific rules 
to be incorporated 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, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
organic livestock production and adaptation to 
livestock production and adaptation 
organic livestock production and 
technical developments, the Commission shall 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
specific livestock production rules as regards: 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with 
supplementing the specific livestock 
Article 36 amending or 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific 
livestock production rules as 
regards: 

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Amendment 144  
 
 
Article 11 (2) (a) 
(a) 
the origin of animals; 
(a)  the origin of animals 
deleted 
Amendment 145  
 
 
Article 11 (2) (b) 
(b) 
livestock housing, 
(b)  livestock housing, 
deleted 
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 
Amendment 147  
 
 
Article 11 (2) (d) 
(d) 
breeding; 
(d)  breeding;  
deleted 
Amendment 148  
 
 
Article 11 (2) (e) 
(e) 
feed and feeding; 
(e) 
feed and feeding; 
(e) nutrition, as laid down in 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) 
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(f)  disease prevention and 
(f) 
disease prevention and  (f) disease prevention and veterinary treatment, 
veterinary treatment. 
veterinary treatment. 
as laid down in point 2.5.4 of Part II of Annex 
II
. 
 
2a. 
The Commission shall 
 
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 
 
caprine animal;  
 
(b)  equine animal; 
 
 
(c) 
porcine animal;  
 
 
(d)  poultry; 
 
 
(e) 
bees; 
 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

 
2b.  The Commission may adopt   
implementing acts laying down 

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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 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

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

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
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 the following 
species: 

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(a) bovine, ovine and caprine animals; 
 
 
(b) equine animals; 
 
 
(c) porcine animals; 
 
 
(d) poultry; 
 
 
(e) bees. 
Article 12 
 
 
Amendment 151  
 
 
Article 12 - title 
Production rules for seaweed and 
Production rules for algae and aquaculture 
aquaculture animals 
Production rules for seaweed 
animals 
algae and aquaculture animals 
Amendment 152  
 
 
Article 12 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing seaweed 
1. 
Operators producing seaweed  1. Operators producing algae and aquaculture 
and aquaculture animals shall in 
algae and aquaculture animals shall  animals shall in particular comply with the 
particular comply with the specific 
in particular comply with the 
production rules set out in Part III of Annex II 
production rules set out in Part III of  specific production rules set out in 
and with the specific rules laid down in 
Annex II. 
Part III of Annex II and with the 
accordance with paragraph 3a of this Article. 
specific rules laid down in 
accordance with paragraph 3a

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, traceability and 
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traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards 
organic algae production and adaptation to 
seaweed production and adaptation 
organic seaweed production and 
technical developments, the Commission shall 
to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
specific algae production rules as regards: 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with 
supplementing the specific seaweed 
Article 36 amending or 
production rules as regards: 
supplementing the specific 
seaweed production rules as 
regards: 

Amendment 154  
 
 
Article 2 (a) 
(a) 
the suitability of the 
(a)  the suitability of the 
deleted 
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 
seaweed; 
seaweed; 
Amendment 155  
 
 
Article 12 (2) (c) 
(c) 
seaweed cultivation; 
(c) 
seaweed cultivation; 
 (c) algae cultivation, including for different 
species of algae
; 
(d)  antifouling measures and 
(d)  antifouling measures 
Commission proposal unchanged 
cleaning of production 
and cleaning of production 
equipment and facilities. 
equipment and facilities. 
Amendment 156  
 
 
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3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. 
In order to ensure quality, 
3. In order to ensure quality, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
organic aquaculture animals production and 
aquaculture animals production and 
aquaculture animals production and  adaptation to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
adaptation to technical 
Commission shall be empowered to adopt 
developments, the Commission shall  developments, the Commission 
delegated acts in accordance with Article 36 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
shall be empowered to adopt 
supplementing the specific production rules for 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
delegated acts in accordance with 
aquaculture animals, including for specific 
amending or supplementing the 
Article 36 amending or 
aquaculture species, as regards: 
specific production rules for 
supplementing the specific 
aquaculture animals as regards: 
production rules for aquaculture 
animals as regards
Amendment 157  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (a) 
(a) 
the suitability of the 
(a)  the suitability of the 
deleted 
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 animals for each 
animals; 
aquaculture animals; 
particular species, as laid down in point 4.1.2 
of Part III of Annex II
; 
Amendment 159  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (c) 
(c) 
aquaculture husbandry
(c) 
aquaculture 
(c) housing conditions and husbandry 
practices, as laid down in points 4.1.5 and 
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including aquatic 
husbandry, including 
4.2.2 of Part III of Annex II; 
containment systems, 
aquatic containment 
production systems, maximum 
systems, production 
stocking density and, where 
systems, maximum stocking 
appropriate, minimum 
density and, where 
stocking density
appropriate, minimum 
stocking density; 

Amendment 160  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (d) 
(d) 
breeding; 
(d)  breeding; 
deleted 
Amendment 161  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (e) 
(e) 
management of 
(e) 
management of 
(e) management of molluscs, as laid down in 
aquaculture animals
aquaculture animals; 
point 4.2.4 of Part III of Annex II; 
Amendment 162  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (f) 
(f) 
feed and feeding; 
(f) 
feed and feeding; 
(f) feed and feeding, as laid down in points 
4.1.3.3 and 4.1.3.4 of Part III of Annex II
; 
 
Amendment 163  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (g) 
(g)  disease prevention and 
(g)  disease prevention and 
(g) disease prevention and veterinary 
veterinary treatment. 
veterinary treatment as 
treatments, as laid down in point 4.1.4 of Part 
referred to in points. 4.1.4.1  III of Annex II. 
and 4.1.4.2
 of Part III of 
Annex II.
 
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3a. 
The Commission shall 
adopt implementing acts laying 
down specific rules on: 

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

 
(b)  origin of seed, 
 
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 
 
implementation of point 
4.1.2.1 (db) of part III of 
Annex II.
 
 
 
Those implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 
to in Article 37(2). 

Amendment 164  
 
 
Article 12 (3) (a) (new) 
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3a. The Commission shall adopt implementing 
 
acts laying down specific rules on the 
conditions for the implementation of the 
database referred to in point 4.1.2.1 of Part 
III of Annex II.
 
 
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 
and feed 
Amendment 166  
 
 
Article 13 (1) 
1. 
Operators producing processed  1. 
Operators producing 
1. Operators producing processed feed shall 
food and feed shall in particular 
processed food and feed shall in 
comply with the production rules set out in Part 
comply with the specific production 
particular comply with the specific 
IV of Annex II. 
rules set out in Part IV of Annex II. 
production rules set out in Part IV 
of Annex II. 
Amendment 167  
 
 
Article 13 (2) - introductory part 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic 
this Regulation as regards organic 
organic processed feed production and 
processed food and feed production 
processed food and feed 
adaptation to technical developments, the 
and adaptation to technical 
production and adaptation to 
Commission shall be empowered to adopt 
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developments, the Commission shall  technical developments, the 
delegated acts in accordance with Article 36 
be empowered to adopt delegated 
Commission shall be empowered to  supplementing the specific production rules for 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
processed feed as regards: 
amending or supplementing the 
with Article 36 amending or 
specific production rules for 
supplementing the specific 
processed food and feed as regards: 
production rules for processed food 
and feed as regards: 
Amendment 168  
 
 
Article 13 (2) (a) 
(a) 
procedures to be 
(a)  procedures to be 
deleted 
followed; 
followed
Amendment 169  
 
 
Article 13 (2) (b) 
(b) 
preventive measures to 
(b)  preventive measures 
(b) precautionary and preventive measures to 
be taken; 
to be taken; 
be taken; 
Amendment 170  
 
 
Article 13 (2) (c) 
(c) 
the composition and 
(c) 
the type, composition 
deleted 
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  
 
 
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Article 13 (2) (d) 
(d) 
cleaning measures; 
(d)  cleaning measures; 
deleted 
Amendment 172  
 
 
Article 13 (2) (e) 
(e) 
the placing on the 
(e) 
the placing on the 
deleted 
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 
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; 

Amendment 174  
 
 
Article 13 (2) (g) 
(g) 
the list of non-organic 
(g)  the list,  of non-
deleted 
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  
 
 
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Article 13 (2) (h) 
(h)  calculation of the 
(h)  calculation of the 
deleted 
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 processing. 
or feed processing. 
food or feed processing. 
 
2a. 
In order to ensure quality, 
 
traceability and compliance with 
this Regulation as regards 
organic processed feed 
production and adaptation to 
technical developments, the 
Commission shall be empowered 
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   
implementing acts laying down 
specific rules concerning the 
production methods and the 
techniques authorised in the 

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processing of specific food or feed 
products. 

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

Amendment 177  
 
 
Article 13 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 13a 
Production rules for processed food 
 
 
 
1. Operators producing processed food shall 
comply with the 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 

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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 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 measures to 
be taken; 

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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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. 
Amendment 178  
 
 
Article 14 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. 
In order to ensure quality, 
2. In order to ensure quality, traceability and 
traceability and compliance with this  traceability and compliance with 
compliance with this Regulation as regards 
Regulation as regards organic wine 
this Regulation as regards 
organic wine production and adaptation to 
production and adaptation to 
organic wine production and 
technical developments, the Commission shall 
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adaptation to technical 
be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
specific wine production rules as regards 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with  oenological practices and restrictions, as laid 
supplementing the specific wine 
Article 36 amending or 
down in points 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 of Part V 
production rules as regards 
supplementing the specific wine 
of Annex II. 
oenological practices and 
production rules as regards 
restrictions. 
oenological practices and 
restrictions. 

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 
 
practices, processes and 
treatments prohibited in 
the production of products 
of the wine sector; 

 

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

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

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Production rules for other 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 down 
future need to have specific 
future need to have specific 
detailed production rules for certain animal 
production rules for products other 
production rules for products 
species, certain aquatic plants and certain 
than those referred to in Articles 10  other than those referred to in 
micro algae, national rules or, in the absence 
to 15, and in order to ensure 
Articles 10 to 15, and in order to 
thereof, private standards recognised by the 
quality, traceability and compliance  ensure quality, traceability and 
Member States shall apply pending the 
with this Regulation as regards 
compliance with this Regulation 
inclusion of detailed production rules in this 
organic production of those 
as regards organic production of 
Regulation. Such national rules or private 
additional other products and 
those additional other products 
standards shall be notified to the Commission. 
adaptation to technical 
and adaptation to technical 
The rules laid down in Chapter IV in respect 
developments, the Commission 
developments, the Commission 
of labelling, and in Chapter V in respect of 
shall be empowered to adopt 
shall be empowered to adopt 
controls and certification, shall apply 
delegated acts in accordance with 
delegated acts in accordance with  accordingly. 
Article 36 amending or 
Article 36 amending or 
supplementing Annex II with 
supplementing Annex II with 
regard to specific production rules 
regard to specific production 
for those products. 
rules for those products. 
 
1. 
In the absence of specific 
 
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 

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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 
 
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 
 
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. 

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Taking into account the future 
 
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 
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 
 
adopted, Member States may 
apply national rules to the 

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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 
In order to allow organic production 
1. 
In order To allow organic 
1. In order to allow organic production to 
to continue or recommence in the 
production to continue or 
continue or recommence in the event of 
event of catastrophic circumstances 
recommence in the event of 
circumstances resulting from an adverse 
and subject to the principles laid 
catastrophic circumstances 
climatic event, an animal pandemic, a plant 
down in Chapter II, the 
deriving from an ‘adverse 
disease or pest, an environmental incident or 
Commission shall be empowered to 
climatic event’, animal disease, 
a natural disaster, competent authorities may 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
an ‘environmental incident’, a 
grant individual authorisations for exceptions, 
with Article 36 providing for the 
‘natural disaster’ or a 
subject to the following: 
criteria to qualify such situations as  ‘catastrophic event’ as defined 
catastrophic and laying down 

respectively in points (h), (i), (j), 
specific rules on how to deal with 
(k) and (l) of Article 2(1) of 
them, on monitoring and on 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
reporting requirements. 
and subject to the principles laid 
down in Chapter II, the 
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Commission shall be empowered 
to
 adopt delegated  implementing 
acts in accordance with Article 36 
providing for the criteria to 
qualify such situations as 
catastrophic and 
laying down 
specific rules on how to deal with 
them such situationsand on 
monitoring and on reporting 
requirements. Those implementing 
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 Chapter shall be subject to the 
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 

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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; 

 
 
(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 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred 

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to in Article 37(2). 
 
2. 
In cases where the Member 
 
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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and storage 
1. 
Organic products shall be 
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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 organic 
of organic production and adaptation  integrity of organic production and 
production and adaptation to technical 
developments, the Commission shall be 
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to technical developments, the 
adaptation to technical 
empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
developments, the Commission 
accordance with Article 36 supplementing the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
shall be empowered to adopt 
rules set out in points 2, 3, 4 and 6 of Annex 
with Article 36 amending or 
delegated acts in accordance with 
III. 
supplementing the rules set out in 
Article 36 amending or 
Annex III. 
supplementing the rules set out in 
points 2, 3 and 4 of Annex III.  
Article 19 
 
 
Authorisation of products and 
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substances used in organic 
production
 
1. 
The Commission may 
1. 
The Commission may shall 
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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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(a) as plant protection products throughout the 
products; 
European Union or in one or more of the 
zones defined in Annex I to Regulation (EC) 
No 1107/2009
; 
(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 
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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 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 and 
products which contribute to animal health 
and animal welfare.
 
Amendment 186  
 
 
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Article 19 (1) (2) - introductory part 
In particular, the Commission 
1a. 
In particular addition, the 
In particular, the Commission shall authorise 
may authorise certain products  Commission may authorise certain 
certain products and substances for use in the 
and substances for use in the 
products and substances for use in 
production of organic processed food and 
production of organic 
the production of organic 
include them in restricted lists, for the 
processed food and include 
processed organic food and of 
following purposes: 
them in restricted lists, for the 
yeast used as food or feed and 
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 enzymes, processing 
enzymes and processing aids; 
aids, flavours, preparations of micro-
organisms, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, 
amino acids and micro-nutrients
; 
 
(aa)  as non-organic 
 
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 for 
oenological practices;
 
Amendment 189  
 
 
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Article 19 (1) (2) (b) (b) (new) 
 
 
(bb) as products for cleaning and disinfection 
in processing and storage facilities.
 
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 
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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Commission proposal unchanged 
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: 
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(i) 
their use is 
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essential for the control of 
a pest for which other 
biological, physical or 
breeding alternatives or 
cultivation practices or 
other effective 
management practices are 
not available; 
(ii) 
if products are not 
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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 products is 
possible only if, 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 
 
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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 
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 to in points 
referred to in points (c) and (d) 
referred to in points (c) and 
(c)(d) and (da) of the first subparagraph of 
of the first subparagraph of 
(d) of the first 
paragraph 1, the following shall apply: 
paragraph 1, the following 
subparagraph of paragraph 
shall apply: 
1, the following shall apply: 
(i) 
their use is 
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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 
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possible without having 
recourse to such 
substances; 
(ii) 
feed of mineral 
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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-
 
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 
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shall be evaluated as a whole: 
principles laid down in Chapter II 
and to the following criteria which 
shall be evaluated as a whole: 
Amendment 192 
 
Article 19 (2) (2) (a) 
(a) 
alternatives authorised 
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(a) alternative substances authorised in 
in accordance with this Article 
accordance with this Article or technologies 
are not available; 
compliant with this Regulation are not 
available; 
(b) 
it would be impossible to  Commission proposal unchanged 
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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.; 
 
(ca)  the organic ingredient 
 
is not available in sufficient 
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quantity. 
Amendment 193  
 
 
Article 19 (2) (3) 
The authorisation of the use of 
2b 
The authorisation of the use 
The authorisation of products and substances 
chemically synthesised products or 
of chemically synthesised products 
not covered by point (f) of Article 4 shall be 
substances shall be strictly limited 
or substances referred to in 
strictly limited to cases where the use of 
to cases where the use of external 
paragraphs 1 and 1a shall be 
external inputs referred to in point (f) of Article 
inputs referred to in Article 4(f) 
strictly limited to cases where the 
4 would contribute to unacceptable impacts on 
would contribute to unacceptable 
use of external inputs referred to in 
the environment, animal or human health or 
environmental impacts. 
Article 4(f) would contribute to 
product quality. 
unacceptable environmental 
impacts. 
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 
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 
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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 
 
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) 
Requests for amendment or 
Requests for amendment or 
The dossier in respect of amendment or 
withdrawal shall be published by 
withdrawal shall be published by 
withdrawal shall be published by Member 
Member States. 
the Commission Member States
States and by the Commission. 
Amendment 195  
 
 
Article 19 (4) (a) (new) 
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4a. The Commission shall review the lists 
referred to in paragraph 1 every four years.
 
Amendment 196  
 
 
Article 19 (5) 
5. 
The Commission shall adopt 
5. 
The Commission shall adopt 
5. The Commission shall be empowered to 
implementing acts authorising or 
implementing acts authorising or 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
withdrawing the authorisation of 
withdrawing the authorisation of 
Article 36 authorising or withdrawing the 
products and substances that may be 
products and substances referred 
authorisation of products and substances that 
used in organic production in general  to in paragraphs 1 and 1a that 
may be used in organic production in general 
and products and substances that 
may be used in organic production 
and products and substances that may be used 
may be used in the production of 
in general and products and 
in the production of processed organic food in 
processed organic food in particular, 
substances that may be used in 
particular, and establishing the procedures to be 
and establishing the procedures to be  the production of processed organic  followed for the authorisation and the lists of 
followed for the authorisation and 
food in particular, and establishing 
those products and substances and, where 
the lists of those products and 
the procedures to be followed for 
appropriate, their description, compositional 
substances and, where appropriate, 
the authorisation and the lists of 
requirements and conditions for use. 
their description, compositional 
those products and substances and, 
requirements and conditions for use. 
where appropriate, their 
Those implementing acts shall be 
description, compositional 
adopted in accordance with the 
requirements and conditions for 
examination procedure referred to 
use. Those implementing acts shall 
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 
products or substances 
products or substances 
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1. 
Products in which the 
1. 
Products in which the 
deleted 
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. 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
2. 
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 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 
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 
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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 
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 
Precautionary measures to be taken to prevent 
non-compliance with this Regulation
 
 
 
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 suspects 
that a process, product or substance which 

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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:
 
 
 
(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 

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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 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. 

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4. In order to avoid adventitious 
contamination with non-authorised products 
or substances 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 shall 
establish precautionary measures. 

 
 
5. Where control authorities, control bodies 
and competent authorities have identified 
specific risks of non-compliance with this 
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 
Causes of contamination with plant protection 
products and responsibilities of competent 
authorities, control authorities and control 
bodies 

 
 
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 

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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. 

 
 
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. 

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2. Products potentially contaminated with 
plant protection 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 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 
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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. 

Amendment 200  
 
 
Article 20 (c) (new) (1) (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 20c 
Database on non-compliance with this 
Regulation and database on findings of non-
authorised plant protection products 

 
 
The Commission shall establish a database on 
cases of non-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 

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points (a), (b) and (c) of the first 
subparagraph of Article 20b(1). The databases 
shall be accessible to operators, control 
bodies, the 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. 

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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 Regulation, a 
Regulation, a product shall be 
Regulation, a product shall be 
product shall be regarded as bearing terms 
regarded as bearing terms referring 
regarded as bearing terms referring 
referring to organic production where, in the 
to organic production where, in the 
to organic production where, in the 
labelling, advertising material or commercial 
labelling, advertising material or 
labelling, advertising material or 
documents, such a product, its ingredients, feed 
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commercial documents, such a 
commercial documents, such a 
materials or any input part of the chain of the 
product, its ingredients or feed 
product, its ingredients or feed 
organic product, are described in terms 
materials are described in terms 
materials are described in terms 
suggesting to the purchaser that the product, its 
suggesting to the purchaser that the 
suggesting to the purchaser that the 
ingredients, feed materials or any part of the 
product, its ingredients or feed 
product, its ingredients or feed 
chain of the organic product, have been 
materials have been obtained in 
materials have been obtained in 
obtained in accordance or in compliance with 
accordance with this Regulation. In 
accordance with this Regulation. In 
this Regulation. In particular, the terms listed in 
particular, the terms listed in Annex 
particular, the terms listed in Annex  Annex IV or their equivalents in other 
IV, their derivatives or diminutives, 
IV, their derivatives or diminutives,  languages which are not official languages of 
such as ‘bio’ and ‘eco’, alone or 
such as ‘bio’ and ‘eco’, alone or 
the Union but the status of which is officially 
combined, may be used throughout 
combined, may be used throughout 
recognised by the constitution of a Member 
the Union and in any language listed  the Union and in any language 
State, their derivatives or diminutives, such as 
in that Annex for the labelling and 
listed in that Annex for the 
‘bio' and 'eco', alone or combined, may be used 
advertising of products which 
labelling and advertising of 
throughout the Union and in any language 
comply with this Regulation. 
products referred to in Article 
listed in that Annex for the labelling and 
2(1) which comply with this 
advertising of products referred to in Article 
Regulation. 
2(1) which comply with this Regulation. In the 
labelling and advertising of live or 
unprocessed agricultural products, terms 
referring to the 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. 
For the products referred to in  Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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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 
 
produced during the conversion 
period in compliance with Article 
8(4) sub-paragraph 2 may be 
labelled as in-conversion 
products. 

 
2b.  The terms referred to in 
 
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 substances used 
in crop production as plant protection 
products, fertilisers, soil conditioners and 
nutrients, the terms referred to in paragraph 1 

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of this Article shall not be used anywhere in 
the Union, in any language listed in Annex 
IV, for the labelling, advertising and 
commercial documents.
 
Amendment 203  
 
 
Article 21 (3) (1) - introductory part 
3. 
As regards processed food, the  Commission proposal unchanged 
3. As regards processed food, the terms 
terms referred to in paragraph 1 may 
referred to in paragraph 1 shall be used: 
be used: 
(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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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, where less 
ingredients, where less than 
ingredients, provided that: 
than 95% of agricultural ingredients are organic 
95% of agricultural 
and provided that the food in question 
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ingredients are organic and 
complies with the production rules set out in 
provided that those 
this Regulation. 
ingredients comply with the 
production rules set out in this 
Regulation. 
 
(i) where less than 95% by   
weight
 of agricultural 
ingredients are organic 
and provided that those 
ingredients comply with 
the production rules set 
out in this Regulation.; 
 
(ii) 
the processed 
 
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   
and in the list of ingredients 
provided that: 

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

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(ii) 
the term 
 
referred to in paragraph 
1 is clearly related in the 
sales description to 
another ingredient which 
is organic and different 
from the main 
ingredient; 

 
(iii) 
all other 
 
agricultural ingredients 
are organic; 

 
(iv) 
the food 
 
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 
The list of ingredients referred to in  Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
That The list of ingredients 
of organic ingredients in proportion 
referred to in points (b) and (ba) 
to the total quantity of agricultural 
of the first subparagraph shall 
ingredients. 
include an indication of the total 
percentage of organic ingredients in 
proportion to the total quantity of 
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agricultural ingredients.  
The terms referred to in paragraph 1 
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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 
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 terms referred 
to in paragraph 1 may be used in the sales 
description, provided that:  

 
 
(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, 
 
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 
 
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complies with the 
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 
 
agricultural origin 
contained in the processed 
feed are organic; 

 
(c) 
at least 95% of the 
 
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 consumers and 
consumers and to ensure that the 
consumers and to ensure that the 
to ensure that the appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
appropriate information is 
communicated to them, the Commission shall 
communicated to them, the 
communicated to them, the 
be empowered to adopt delegated acts in 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to  accordance with Article 36 concerning 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adaptation of the list of terms set out in Annex 
with Article 36 concerning 
with Article 36 concerning 
IV, taking into account linguistic developments 
adaptation of the list of terms set out 
adaptation of the list of terms set 
within the Member States. 
in Annex IV, taking into account 
out in Annex IV, taking into 
linguistic developments within the 
account linguistic developments 
Member States and concerning the 
within the Member States and 
establishment of specific labelling 
concerning the establishment of 
and compositional requirements 
specific labelling and 
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applicable to feed and ingredients 
compositional requirements 
thereof. 
applicable to feed and ingredients 
thereof

 
4a. 
The Commission shall 
 
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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1. 
Where terms as referred to in 
1. 
Where products bear terms 
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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 
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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; 
(b) 
the organic production 
(b)  the organic production 
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logo of the European Union 
logo of the European Union 
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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 
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With the exception of products from the wine 
logo of the European Union is used, 
sector as referred to in point (l) of Article 1(2) 
an indication of the place where the 
of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, where the 
agricultural raw materials of which 
organic production logo of the European Union 
the product is composed have been 
is used, an indication of the place where the 
farmed shall also appear in the same 
agricultural raw materials of which the product 
visual field as the logo and shall take 
is composed have been farmed shall also 
one of the following forms, as 
appear in the same visual field as the logo and 
appropriate: 
shall take one of the following forms, as 
appropriate: 
(a) 
‘EU Agriculture’, where  Commission proposal unchanged 
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the agricultural raw material 
has been farmed in the Union; 
(b) 
‘non-EU Agriculture’, 
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where the agricultural raw 
material has been farmed in 
third countries; 
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(c) 
‘EU/non-EU 
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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 
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replaced by ‘Aquaculture’ where 
appropriate. 
Amendment 208  
 
 
Article 22 (2) (3) 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
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The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ may be 
may be replaced or supplemented by 
supplemented by the name of a country or 
the name of a country if all 
region if all agricultural raw materials of which 
agricultural raw materials of which 
the product is composed have been farmed in 
the product is composed have been 
that country or region. 
farmed in that country. 
For the indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’  For the indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-
 
small quantities by weight of 
EU’ or of the name of the country 
ingredients may be disregarded 
as referred to in subparagraph 3, 
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. 
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The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
The indication ‘EU’ or ‘non-EU’ 
 
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 paragraphs 1 
paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article 
and 2 of this Article and in Article 23(3) shall 
and in Article 23(3) shall be marked 
be printed in a conspicuous place in such a way 
in a conspicuous place in such a way 
as to be easily visible and clearly legible, and 
as to be easily visible, clearly legible 
shall not obscure the mandatory indications 
and indelible
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 
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 
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 
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Commission proposal unchanged 
implementing acts relating to the 
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following: 
(a) 
specific and practical 
(a) 
practical modalities as 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 the 
place where the agricultural 
place where the agricultural 
agricultural raw materials have been farmed, in 
raw materials have been 
raw materials have been 
accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article and 
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 
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adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to in 
Article 37(2). 
Article 23 
 
 
Organic production logo of the 
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European Union 
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Article 23 (1) 
1. 
The organic production logo of  Commission proposal unchanged 
1. The organic production logo of the European 
the European Union may be used in 
Union may be used in the labelling, 
the labelling, presentation and 
presentation and advertising of products which 
advertising of products which 
comply with this Regulation, including 
comply with this Regulation. 
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 
 
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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deleted 
of the European Union is an 
official attestation in accordance 
with Articles 85 and 90 of 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXXX 
[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. 
The organic production logo of  Commission proposal unchanged 
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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. 
5. 
National and private logos 
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Commission proposal unchanged 
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  
 
 
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Chapter V 
 
 
Organic certification 
Organic cCertification 
Organic controls and certification 
 
Amendment 214  
 
 
Article 23 (a) (new) 
 
 
Article 23a 
Control system 
 
 
1. Member States shall set up a system of 
controls and shall designate one or more 
competent authorities to be responsible for 
monitoring compliance with the obligations 
laid down by this Regulation, in accordance 
with 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 

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seriousness of non-compliance with the 
requirements laid down in this Regulation. All 
operators and groups of operators shall be 
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 
objectivity and impartiality, and shall have at 
their disposal the qualified staff and resources 
necessary to carry out their functions; 

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(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; 

 
 
(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; 

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(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 
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; 

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

 
 
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 and timely remedial 
action. 

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

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(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 
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 

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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 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. 

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Amendment 215  
 
 
Article 24 
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1. 
Operators or groups of 
1. 
Operators or groups of 
deleted 
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 
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 
 
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 

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referred to in Article 25(0a). 
 
1a. 
Member States may exempt   
from the notification obligation 
referred to in paragraph 1 
operators who sell products 
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 
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 

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activities with this Regulation is 
verified by the competent 
authorities
. 
3. 
Operators and groups of 
3. 
Operators and, groups of 
deleted 
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 
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. 
                                                 
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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Member States shall ensure 
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that the fees that may be collected by 
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 
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 
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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notification referred to in paragraph 

the requirements, 
 
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 
 
Article 37(2). 
referred to in paragraph 3,  

the publication of the 
 
list referred to in 
paragraph 4; 


the requirements and 
 
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 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2). 
Amendment 216  
 
 
Article 24 (a) (new) 
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Article 24a 
Adherence to the control system 
 
 
1. Any operator or group of operators which 
produces, 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 points (a) and (b) 
of the first subparagraph, and the 
subcontracted activities shall be subject to the 
control system. 

 
 
2. Member States shall exempt from the 
application of this Article organic operators 
who sell pre-packed products directly to the 
final consumer or user, provided that they do 
not produce, process, prepare or store such 
products other than in connection with the 
point of sale and they do not import such 

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products from a third 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 
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 an authority 
or approve a body to receive notifications 
under point (a) of the first subparagraph of 
paragraph 1 of this Article. 

 
 
4. Member States shall ensure that any 
operator or group of operators who complies 
with this Regulation, and who pays a 
reasonable fee by way of contribution to the 
control expenses, is entitled to be covered by 
the control system. 

 
 
5. Operators and groups of operators shall 
keep records of the different activities in 
which they engage, in accordance with this 
Regulation. 

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6. Competent authorities shall keep an 
updated list containing the names and 
addresses of operators and groups of 
operators that have notified their activities in 
accordance with point (a) of the 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 
 
 
Amendment 217  
 
 
Article 25 - title 
Organic certificate 
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0a. 
Competent authorities or, 
 
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 
 
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   
official certification within the 
meaning of Articles 85 and 86 of 
Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX 
(Official controls Regulation). 

 
0d.  The organic certificate, 
 
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, 

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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 operators that have 
operators that have notified their 
operators that have notified their 
notified their activity and submitted their 
activity in accordance with 
activity in accordance with 
undertaking to the control system in 
Article 24(1) and comply with this 
Article 24(1) and  comply with 
accordance with Article 24a(1) and that 
Regulation shall be entitled to be 
this Regulation shall be entitled 
comply with this Regulation shall be entitled to 
provided with an organic certificate. 
to be provided with an organic 
be provided with an organic certificate. The 
The organic certificate, issued in 
certificate. The organic 
organic certificate, issued in electronic form 
electronic form wherever possible, 
certificate, issued in electronic 
wherever possible, shall at least allow the 
shall at least allow the identification 
form wherever possible, shall at 
identification of the operator or group of 
of the operator or group of operators,  least allow the identification of 
operators, the type or range of products covered 
the type or range of products 
the operator or group of 
by the certificate and its period of validity. 
covered by the certificate and its 
operators, the type or range of 
period of validity. 
products covered by the 
certificate and its period of 
validity. 

Amendment 219  
 
 
Article 25 (2) 
2. 
The organic certificate is an 
2. 
The organic certificate is an  deleted 
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). 
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Article 25 (3) 
3. 
Operators and groups of 
3. 
Operators and groups of 
3. Operators and groups of operators shall not 
operators shall not be entitled to be 
operators shall not be entitled to be 
be entitled to be provided with an organic 
provided with an organic certificate 
provided with an organic certificate  certificate by different control bodies for 
by different control authorities or 
by different control authorities or 
activities carried out in one Member State, as 
control bodies for the same group of 
control bodies for activities 
regards the same group of products, including 
products, including when those 
carried out in one Member State, 
when those operators and groups of operators 
operators and groups of operators 
for as regards the same category 
engage in different stages of production, 
engage in different stages of 
group of products, including when 
preparation and distribution.   
production, preparation and 
those operators and groups of 
distribution. 
operators engage in different stages 
of production, preparation and 
distribution. 
Amendment 221  
 
 
Article 25 (3) (a) (new) 
 
 
3a. The groups of products referred to in the 
paragraph 3 are as follows:
 
 
 
– 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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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 
suppliers. 
 
5a. 
The categories of products 
 
referred to in paragraphs 0d 
and 3 are the following:
 
 

plant and plant 
 
products; 
 

livestock and livestock   
products; 
 

algae and aquaculture   
animals; 
 

processed food and 
 
feed, including yeast; 
 

wine; 
 
 

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

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Amendment 222  
 
 
Article 25 (6) 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
6. 
In order to ensure the 
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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 
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 
 
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 
 
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
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controls. That system shall consist of 
- 
be established in a 
 
a documented set of control 
Member State or a third 
activities and procedures, in 
country; 
accordance with which an identified 
person or body is responsible for 
- 
have a legal entity; 
 
verifying compliance with this 
Regulation of each member of the 
- 
set up a joint 
 
group. 
marketing system; 
- 
establish a system for 
 
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 functioning of 
functioning of the system for 
functioning of the system for 
the system for internal controls referred to in 
internal controls referred in to 
internal controls referred in to in 
paragraph 1, in particular as regards failures to 
paragraph 1, in particular as regards 
paragraph 1, in particular as regards  detect or address non-compliance by individual 
failures to detect or address non-
failures to detect or address non-
members of the group of operators that affect 
compliance by individual members 
compliance by individual members 
the integrity of organic products, shall result in 
of the group of operators that affect 
of the group of operators that affect 
the withdrawal of the organic certificate 
the integrity of organic products, 
the integrity of organic products, 
referred to in Article 25 for the whole group. 
may result in the withdrawal of the 
may result in the withdrawal of the 
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organic certification for the whole 
organic certification certificate 
group. 
referred to in Article 25 for the 
whole group. 
 
2a. 
The members of the group 
 
of operators shall be located in 
geographical proximity. 

 
2b.  Member States shall have a 
 
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 certification of 
effective and efficient functioning 
effective and efficient functioning  groups of operators are set out in Annex Ve. 
of the certification of a group of 
of the certification of a group of 
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 
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scope, content and frequency of the 
system for internal controls, 
controls to be carried out. 
including the scope, content and 
frequency of the controls to be 
carried out. 

Amendment 225 
 
Article 26 (4) 
4. 
The Commission may adopt 
4. 
The Commission may shall 
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implementing acts concerning the 
adopt implementing acts laying 
exchange of information between a 
down specific rules concerning:  
group of operators and the 
 
competent authority or authorities, 
control authorities or control 

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


the set-up and 
 
functioning of the group's 
system for internal 
controls, including the 
scope, content and 
frequency of the controls, 
the documentation and 
record keeping systems, the 

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system for internal 
traceability and the list of 
operators; 

- 
the responsibilities 
 
and obligations of the 
individual members of a 
group of operators and 

 
- 
the exchange of 
 
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 
 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37 (2). 
 
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Controls 
 
 
 
Article 26a 
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General provision 
 
 
In addition to the provisions laid 
 
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 
 
organic production and labelling 
of organic products 

 
1. 
Official controls in relation 
 
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 
of preventive measures, as 
defined in Article 3(4), of the 
conditions for the exemption 
from the notification obligation 

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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 
 
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 
 
structure of the operators 
and groups of operators; 

 

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

 

the product 
 
categories; 
 

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

the possibility of 
 
commingling of products; 
 

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

 

the critical points for 
 
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 
 
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, 
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 

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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 
 
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 
 
bodies 
 
1. 
Official control tasks or 
 
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 

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conditions are also met: 
 
(a)  the control bodies are 
 
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 
 
competent authorities 
contains a detailed 
description of delegated 
control tasks and other 
official activities, of the 
reporting obligations and 
other specific obligations; 

 
(c) 
the control bodies 
 
submit to the competent 
authorities for prior 
approval: 

 
(i) their risk assessment 
 
procedures determining 
in particular the basis 
for the intensity and 

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frequency of the 
verification of 
compliance of the 
operators and group of 
operators; 

 
(ii) 
the standard 
 
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 
 
that the control body 
intends to apply where 
non-compliances are 
found; 

 
(d)  the competent 
 
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 

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particular as regards the 
intensity and frequency of 
the verification of 
compliance. 

 
2. 
The competent authorities 
 
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 
 
31 of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), the competent 
authorities shall ensure that 
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 
 
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 

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Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 
XX/XXXX (Official Controls 
Regulation), fully or partly 
suspend it. 

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

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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 
 
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. 

 
 
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Presence of non-authorised 
products or substances 

 
1. 
When a competent 
 
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 
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 
 
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. 

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1a. 
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, 
where appropriate, 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 

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otherwise failed to take 
necessary steps in the 
production process to avoid 
contamination. 

 
1b.  On the basis of the results 
 
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-
authorised products or 
substances. The operator 
concerned shall take the 
necessary corrective measures to 
avoid future contamination. 

 
1c. 
By way of derogation from 
 
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 

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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 
 
control body shall keep records of 
the investigations carried out. 

 
By 31 March of each year, 
 
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 
 
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 

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had been detected in organic 
products. This report may be 
accompanied, if appropriate, by a 
legislative proposal.. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

measures to avoid the 
 
risks of contamination of 
organic products with non-

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authorised products or 
substances as referred to in 
paragraph 1a. 

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

 
 
Article 26f 
 
Implementing powers in relation 
 
to official controls for organic 
production and labelling of 
organic products 

 
The Commission may, by means 
 
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 
 
the competent authorities; 
 
(b)  methods and 
 
techniques for the 
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performance of official 
controls; 

 
(c) 
the range of samples 
 
and the stage of production, 
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 
 
establishing the likelihood 
of non-compliance and the 
frequency of sampling; 

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

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

 
(g)  the cases where the 
 
competent authorities, in 
relation  to specific 
suspicion of non compliance 
and established non-
compliance are to take one 

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or more of the actions and 
measures referred to in 
Article 26d (1) and (2); 

 
(h)  the exchange of 
 
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 
 
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 

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subparagraph 2 of Article 
26b(2). 

 
Those implementing acts shall be 
 
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: 
 
 
(a) ensure, in the event of non-compliance 
affecting the status of organic products 
throughout any 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 

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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 
Exchange of information and administrative 
cooperation
 
 
 
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 

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competent authorities, control authorities, 
control bodies, operators and Member States 
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 
Delegated powers with regard to the control 
system 

 
 
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 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; 

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(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; 

 
 
(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 

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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  
 
 
Article 26 (d) (new) 
 
 
Article 26d 
Implementation of this Regulation 
 
 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
 
Article 27 
 
 
Amendment 230  
 
 
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Article 27 
Export of organic products 
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deleted 
1. 
A product may be exported 
1. 
A product may be exported 
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from the Union as organic and bear  from the Union as organic and bear 
the organic production logo of the 
the organic production logo of the 
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 
competition among operators, the 
competition among operators, 
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Commission shall be empowered to 
Tthe Commission shall be 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Amendment 231  
 
 
Article 28 (1) 
1. 
A product may be imported 
1. 
A product may be imported 
1. A product may be imported from a third 
from a third country in order to be 
from a third country in order to be 
country in order to be placed on the market 
placed on the market within the 
placed on the market within the 
within the Union as organic or as a plant 
Union as organic if the following 
Union as organic or as in 
product in conversion if the following 
conditions are met: 
conversion  if the following 
conditions are met: 
conditions are met: 
(a) 
the product is an organic 
(a) 
the product is a
(a) the product is an organic product as referred 
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product as referred to in 
organic product as referred 
to in Article 2(1); 
Article 2(1); 
to in Article 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 and IV and 
Chapters II, III and IV and 
II, III and IV and all 
with all relevant implementing rules and all 
all operators, including 
operators, and group of 
operators, including groups of operators, and 
the exporters in the third 
operators including the 
exporters in the third country concerned, have 
country concerned, have 
exporters in the third 
been subject to the control of control 
been subject to the control 
country concerned, have 
authorities or control bodies recognised in 
of control authorities or 
been subject to the control 
accordance with Article 29 and the product, 
control bodies recognised 
of control authorities or 
upon being imported, is provided by those 
in accordance with Article 
control bodies recognised 
authorities or control bodies with a certificate 
29; or 
in accordance with Article  of inspection confirming that all operators 
29 and are provided by 
and their products are in compliance with this 
these authorities or 
Regulation; or 
bodies with a certificate 
confirming that all 
operators or groups of 
operators are in 
compliance with this 
Regulation
; or 
(ii) 
comes from a third 
(ii) 
comes from a 
(ii) comes from a third country which is 
country which is 
third country which is 
recognised in accordance with: 
recognised in accordance 
recognised in accordance 
 
with: 
with: Article 30; or 
Article 31;.and complies 
with the equivalent 
production and control 
rules of that third 
country and is imported 

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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 are able to 
are able to provide at any time, to 
countries are able to provide 
provide at any time, to their control bodies, the 
the importers or the national 
at any time, to the importers 
importers and the national authorities
authorities information allowing the 
or the national authorities 
information enabling all operators who carried 
identification of the operator who 
information allowing the 
out operations to be identified, including the 
carried out the last operation with a 
identification of the operator 
respective control authority or control body
view to ensuring the traceability of 
who carried out the last 
with a view to ensuring the traceability of the 
the organic product. 
operation and his control 
organic product back to all operators involved. 
authority or control body 
The exporters shall make such information 
with a view to ensuring the 
available to the control bodies or control 
traceability of the organic 
authorities of the importers
product. This information 
After (a date, to be inserted which corresponds 
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shall be made available also  to 5 years following the date of application of 
to the control bodies or the 
this Regulation), by way of derogation from 
control authorities of the 
point (b)(i) of the first subparagraph, when a 
importers. 
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 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 of the 
traceability of the imported products 
traceability of the imported 
imported products intended to be placed on the 
intended to be placed on the market 
products intended to be placed on  market within the Union as organic and their 
within the Union as organic, the 
the market within the Union as 
compliance with this Regulation, the 
Commission shall be empowered to 
organic, the Commission shall be 
Commission shall adopt implementing acts 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
empowered to adopt delegated 
laying down specific rules for the content of 
with Article 36 concerning 
acts in accordance with Article 36  the certificates referred to in paragraph 1 and 
documents, issued in electronic 
concerning documents, issued in 
the procedure to be followed for the 
form wherever possible, that are 
electronic form wherever 
establishment and control of those certificates, 
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necessary for the purposes of 
possible, that are necessary for 
in particular concerning the role of the 
import. 
the purposes of import. The 
competent authorities, control authorities and 
traceability of imported products 
control bodies, and the possibility of taking 
intended to be placed on the 
regional differences into account in balancing 
market within the Union as 
ecological, climate and local conditions, as 
organic and their compliance 
well as practical conditions regarding specific 
with this Regulation have to be 
production matters
ensured. The Commission shall 
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in 
by way of implementing acts lay 
accordance with the examination procedure 
down specific rules concerning 
referred to in Article 37(2). 
the content of the certificates 
referred to in paragraph 1 and 
the procedure to be followed for 
their issuance and verification, in 
particular as regards the role of 
competent authorities, control 
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 Commission 
supervision in third countries shall be 

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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 measures 
and measures for the import of 
and measures for the import of 
for the import of organic products into the 
organic products into the Union shall  organic products into the Union 
Union shall be ascertained by the control 
be ascertained at border control 
shall be ascertained at border 
provisions laid down in Chapter V and at 
posts, in accordance with Article 
control posts, in accordance with 
border control posts, in accordance with Article 
45(1) of Regulation (EU) No 
Article 45(1) of Regulation (EU) 
45(1) of the Official controls Regulation. 
XXX/XXX (Official controls 
No XXX/XXX (Official controls 
regulation). The physical checks 
regulation). The physical checks 
referred to in Article 47(3) of that 
referred to in Article 47(3) of that 
Regulation shall be performed at a 
Regulation shall be performed at a 
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 
and control bodies 
1. 
The Commission may adopt 
1. 
The Commission may adopt 
Commission proposal unchange 
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 
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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 
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 
 
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, 
 
the control authorities and 
control bodies shall fulfil the 
following criteria: 

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

 
(b)  control authorities 
 
and control bodies shall 
have the capacity to carry 
out controls to ensure that 

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the conditions set out in 
Article 28(1)(a), (b)(i) and 
(c) and in this Article are 
met for organic products 
intended for import into the 
Union; 

 
(c) 
control authorities 
 
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   
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 
 
and control bodies shall 
have the expertise, 
equipment and 
infrastructure required to 

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carry our control tasks and 
a sufficient number of 
suitable qualified and 
experienced staff; 

 
(f) 
additional criteria that   
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 
accredited to the relevant 
accredited to the relevant 
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 
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 
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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the Council57; or 
the Council58; or 
 
Amendment 236  
 
 
Article 29 (3) (b) 
(b) 
an accreditation body 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) an accreditation body outside the Union that 
outside the Union that is a 
is a signatory to a multilateral recognition 
signatory of a multilateral 
arrangement for product certification under the 
recognition arrangement under 
auspices of the International Accreditation 
the auspices of the 
Forum or its regional bodies, and which has 
International Accreditation 
proven competence in the accreditation of 
Forum. 
organic certification. 
4. 
When examining requests for 
4. 
Control authorities and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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 
                                                 
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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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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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evaluation, surveillance and 
information.  
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 
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 
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 
shall be determined on the basis of 
shall be determined on the basis of 
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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 transparency of the 
transparency of the recognition and 
transparency of the recognition and 
recognition and supervision procedures, the 
supervision procedures, the 
supervision procedures, the 
Commission shall be empowered to adopt 
Commission shall be empowered to 
Commission shall be empowered to  delegated acts in accordance with Article 36 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
adopt delegated acts in accordance 
supplementing the criteria to be applied to the 
with Article 36 concerning the 
with Article 36 concerning 
recognition, or the withdrawal of the 
criteria to be applied to the 
supplementing the criteria laid 
recognition, of the control bodies referred to in 
recognition, or the withdrawal of the 
down in paragraph 1b to be 
paragraph 1, as well as laying down provisions 
recognition, of the control 
applied to the recognition, or the 
concerning the exercise of the supervision by 
authorities and control bodies 
withdrawal of the recognition, of 
the Commission, including through on-the-spot 
referred to in paragraph 1, as well as 
the control authorities and control 
examinationsIn the event that serious or 
concerning the exercise of the 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1, as  repeated infringements of the rules governing 
supervision by the Commission, 
well as laying down provisions 
inspection and certification are detected, 
including through on-the-spot 
concerning the exercise of the 
recognition of the control bodies concerned 
examination. 
supervision by the Commission, 
shall be immediately withdrawn, in the third 
including through on-the-spot 
countries concerned as well as throughout the 
examination. 
Union market, in respect of national 
accreditation bodies established in the Union 
in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 
765/2008.
 
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7a. 
The Commission shall 
 
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). 

 
7b.  In order to ensure 
 
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  
 
 
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Article 29 (7) (a) (new) 
 
 
7a. The Commission shall be empowered to 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
Article 36 laying down specific rules 
concerning the procedure to be 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  
 
 
Article 29 (7) (b) (new) 
 
 
7b. In order to ensure the 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 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 empowered to 
implementing acts to ensure the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
application of measures in relation to 
Article 36 concerning the application of 
cases of non-compliance affecting 
measures in relation to cases of non-
the integrity of organic products 
compliance affecting the integrity of organic 
imported under the recognition 
products imported under the recognition 
provided for in this Article or 
provided for in this Article or suspicion of such 
cases. Such measures may consist in particular 
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suspicion of such cases. Such 
in the verification of the integrity of the organic 
measures may consist in particular in 
products before placing the products on the 
the verification of the integrity of the 
market within the Union and, where 
organic products before placing the 
appropriate, the suspension of the authorisation 
products on the market within the 
of placing on the market within the Union of 
Union and, where appropriate, the 
such products as organic. 
suspension of the authorisation of 
placing on the market within the 
Union of such products as organic. 
Those implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
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 grounds of 
grounds of urgency relating to the 
urgency relating to the protection against unfair 
protection against unfair practices or 
practices or practices which are incompatible 
practices which are incompatible 
with the principles and rules on organic 
with the principles and rules on 
production, the protection of consumers' 
organic production, the protection of 
confidence or the protection of fair competition 
consumers' confidence or the 
between operators, the Commission shall adopt 
protection of fair competition 
immediately applicable implementing acts in 
between operators, the Commission 
accordance with the procedure referred to in 
shall adopt immediately applicable 
Article 37(3) to decide on the withdrawal of 
implementing acts in accordance 
recognition of the control authorities and 
with the procedure referred to in 
control bodies referred to in paragraph 1 of this 
Article 37(3) to take the measures 
Article. 
referred to in paragraph 8 of this 
Article or to
 decide on the 
withdrawal of the recognition of the 
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control authorities and control 
bodies referred to in paragraph 1 of 
this Article. 
Article 30 
 
 
Equivalence under a trade 
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agreement 
A recognised third country referred 
A recognised third country referred 
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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, and shall 
provide the European Parliament and the 
Council with, regular status reports on all 
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 Council, and shall be published, 

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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 
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(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 referred to in 
referred to in the second indent of 
referred to in the second indent of 
point (b)(ii) of the first subparagraph of 
Article 28(1)(b)(ii) is a third country 
Article 28(1)(b)(ii) is a third 
Article 28(1) is a third country which has been 
which has been recognised for the 
country which has been recognised 
recognised for the purposes of equivalence 
purpose of equivalence under 
for the purpose of equivalence 
under Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
Article 33(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
under Article 33(2) of Regulation 
834/2007. 
834/2007, including those 
(EC) No 834/2007, including those 
recognised under the transitional 
recognised under the transitional 
measure provided for in Article 42. 
measure provided for in Article 
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The recognition of the third 
The recognition of the third 
 
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 be sent to 
to be sent to the Commission, by 31 
to be sent to the Commission, by 31  the Commission, by 31 March of each year, by 
March of each year, by the third 
March of each year, by the third 
the third countries referred to in paragraph 1 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
countries referred to in paragraph 1 
regarding the implementation and enforcement 
regarding the implementation and 
regarding the implementation and 
of the control measures established by them, 
enforcement of the control measures 
enforcement of the control 
and in the light of any other information 
established by them, the 
measures established by them, and 
received, the Commission, assisted by the 
Commission assisted by the Member  in the light of any other 
Member States, shall ensure appropriate 
States shall ensure appropriate 
information received, the 
supervision of the recognised third countries by 
supervision of the recognised third 
Commission assisted by the 
annually reviewing their recognition. The 
countries by regularly reviewing 
Member States shall ensure 
nature of the supervision shall be determined 
their recognition. The nature of the 
appropriate supervision of the 
on the basis of an assessment of the risk of non-
supervision shall be determined on 
recognised third countries by 
compliance, taking into account in particular 
the basis of an assessment of the risk  continuously regularly reviewing 
the volume of exports to the Union from the 
of non-compliance. 
their recognition. The nature of the 
third country concerned, the results of the 
supervision shall be determined on 
monitoring and supervisory activities carried 
the basis of an assessment of the 
out by the competent authority and the results 
risk likelihood of non-compliance
of previous controls. The Commission shall 
taking into account in particular 
regulary report to the European Parliament 
the volume of exports to the 
and the Council on the outcome of its review. 
Union from that third country, 
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the results of the monitoring and 
supervisory activities carried out 
by the competent authority and 
the results of previous controls
. 
3. 
The control bodies performing 
3. 
The control bodies 
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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 
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 
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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 
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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 
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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, 
including through on-the-spot 
examination. 
Amendment 245  
 
 
Article 31 (6) 
6. 
The Commission may adopt 
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6. The Commission shall be empowered to 
implementing acts to ensure the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
application of measures in relation to 
Article 36 concerning the application of 
cases of non-compliance affecting 
common measures and procedures for the 
the integrity of organic products 
imposition of sanctions in relation to cases of 
imported from third countries 
non-compliance, or suspected non-
referred to in this Article or 
compliance, affecting the status of organic 
suspicion of such cases. Such 
products imported from third countries referred 
measures may consist in particular in 
to in this Article. Such measures may consist, 
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the verification of the integrity of 
in particular, in verification of the status of the 
the organic products before placing 
organic products before they are placed on the 
the products on the market within 
market within the Union and, where 
the Union and, where appropriate, 
appropriate, suspension of the authorisation to 
the suspension of the authorisation 
place them on the market within the Union as 
of placing on the market within the 
organic products. 
Union of such products as organic. 
Those implementing acts shall be 
adopted in accordance with the 
examination procedure referred to 
in Article 37(2).
 
 
 
Article 31a 
Report from the Commission on 
 
 
the application of Articles 30 and 
31 

By 31 December 2020 the 
 
 
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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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 
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. 
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Amendment 246 
 
 
Article 32 (2) 
2. 
In order to ensure the proper 
2. 
In order to ensure the 
deleted 
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. 
SECTION 2 
 
 
INFORMATION AND 
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REPORTING 
Article 33 
 
 
Amendment 247  
 
 
Article 33 - title 
Information relating to the organic 
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Information relating to the organic sector 
sector and trade 
Amendment 248  
 
 
Article 33 (1) 
1. 
Each year Member States shall  1. 
Each year Member States 
1. Each year Member States shall transmit to 
transmit to the Commission the 
shall transmit to the Commission 
the Commission the relevant statistical data for 
information necessary for the 
the information necessary for the 
the implementation and monitoring of the 
implementation and monitoring of 
implementation and monitoring of 
application of this Regulation. Those data shall 
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the application of this Regulation. 
the application of this Regulation
be defined within the context of the European 
including the relevant statistical 
Statistical programme. 
data which shall be defined 
within the context of the 
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 
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 empowered to 
implementing acts as regards the 
adopt delegated acts in accordance with 
system to be used for transmitting 
Article 36 concerning the system to be used for 
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the information referred to in 
transmitting the information referred to in 
paragraph 1, the details of 
paragraph 1, the details of information to be 
information to be transmitted, and 
transmitted, and the date by which that 
the date by which that information is 
information is to be transmitted. 
to be transmitted. Those 
implementing acts shall be adopted 
in accordance with the examination 
procedure referred to in Article 
37(2).
 

Article 34 
 
 
Information relating to the 
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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

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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 
 
 
Report 
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Amendment 250  
 
 
Article 35 
By 31 December 2021, the 
By 31 December 20241, the 
1. By 31 December 2020the Commission 
Commission shall present a report to  Commission shall present a report 
shall present a report to the European 
the European Parliament and the 
to the European Parliament and the 
Parliament and the Council based on a 
Council on the availability of 
Council on the availability of 
foresight study including data collected and 
organic plant reproductive material 
organic plant reproductive material,  analysis carried out in all Member States, and 
and animals for breeding purposes. 
and animals for breeding purposes 
dealing specifically with the following items: 
and young stock of aquaculture 
animals. This report shall be 
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; 

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

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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 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. 

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4. By 31 December 2020 at the latest, the 
Commission shall present a report to the 
European Parliament and the Council on the 
presence of products or substances not 
authorised in accordance with Article 19 
which have been detected in organic products, 
including on exchanges of information 
between competent authorities, control 
authorities and 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 
in this Article. 
 
1a. 
The delegation of power 
 
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 
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the publication of the decision in the 
Official Journal of the European 
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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Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
 
 
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Committee procedure 
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1. 
The Commission shall be 
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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 
 
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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PROVISIONS 
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 
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 
Article 36 concerning rules 
Article 36 concerning rules 
providing for a derogation from 
providing for a derogation from 
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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 
Transitional measures 
 
 
1. Where necessary, 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 
introduced; 

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

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

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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; 

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

Amendment 253  
 
 
Article 40 
Article 40 
Deleted 
Article 40 
Transitional measures relating to 
deleted 
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 
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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 
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 
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adopted under this Article shall 
cease to apply on 31 December 
2021. 

Article 41 
 
 
Transitional measures relating to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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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 
of that supervision by the 
Commission, including through on-
the-spot examination. 
Article 42 
 
 
Transitional measures relating to 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
applications from third countries 
submitted under Article 33(2) of 
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007
 
1. 
The Commission shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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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. 
Article 43 
 
 
Transitional measures for stocks 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
of organic products produced in 
accordance with Regulation (EC) 
No 834/2007
 
Products produced in accordance 
Products produced in accordance 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Article 44 
Amendments to Regulation (EU) 
deleted 
Amendments to Regulation (EU) 
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No […][on official controls] 
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 
deleted 
are replaced by the following: 
39 are replaced by the following: 
"38. 'delegated body' means a third 
"38. 'delegated body' means a 
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: 
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follows: 
(a) 
Paragraph 3 is replaced 
(a)  Paragraph 3 is 
deleted 
by the following: 
replaced by the following: 
"3. Competent authorities 
"3. Competent authorities 
deleted 
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: 
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“Article 23 
deleted 
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 
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 

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concerned;    
(b) in the event of repetitive or 
(b)  in the event of 
deleted 
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 
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such official controls and other 
authorities following such official 
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 
of the occurrence of non-

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compliance; 
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 
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 
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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 
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 
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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: 
(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 
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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 
1(2) at all stages of EN 62 
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 
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 
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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: 
"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 
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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: 
"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 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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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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This Regulation shall be binding in 
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its entirety and directly applicable in 
all Member States. 
Done at Brussels, 
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For the European Parliament 
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For the Council 
The President 
 
 
 
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At least 6 months after enter into force.  
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ANNEX I 
 
 
OTHER PRODUCTS 
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REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 
2(1) 

Amendment 255  
 
 
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- yeasts used as food or feed, 
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deleted 
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Annex I - indent 2 
- beer, 
– 
beer, 
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- maté, 
– 
maté, 
 
 
– 
maté, sweetcorn, vine 
 
leaves, palm hearts, hop shoots, 
and other similar edible parts of 
plants and products produced 
therefrom; 

Amendment 257  
 
 
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- extracts, essences and 
– 
extracts, essences and 
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concentrates of coffee, tea and maté  concentrates of coffee, tea and 
and preparations with a basis of 

maté and preparations with a 
those products or with a basis of 
basis of those products or with a 
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, 
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and concentrates thereof, 
essences and concentrates 
thereof, 

Amendment 258  
 
 
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- fruit nectars, 
– 
fruit nectars, 
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Amendment 259  
 
 
Annex I - indent 6 
- cocao paste, butter, fat, oil and 
– 
cocao paste, butter, fat, oil 
deleted 
powder; chocolate, and other food 
and powder; chocolate, and other 
preparations containing cocoa, 
food preparations containing 
cocoa, 

Amendment 260  
 
 
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- sugar confectionery, 
– 
sugar confectionery, 
deleted 
Amendment 261  
 
 
Annex I - indent 8 
- preparations of cereals, flour, 
– 
preparations of cereals, 
deleted 
starch or milk; pastrycooks' 
flour, starch or milk; 
products, 
pastrycooks' products, 
Amendment 262  
 
 
Annex I - indent 9 
- soups, 
– 
soups, 
deleted 
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- sauces, 
– 
sauces, 
deleted 
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Annex I - indent 11 
- cooked meals, 
– 
cooked meals, 
deleted 
Amendment 265  
 
 
Annex I - indent 12 
- ice cream, 
– 
ice cream, 
deleted 
Amendment 266  
 
 
Annex I - indent 13 
- flavoured yoghurts, yoghurts 
– 
flavoured yoghurts, 
deleted 
containing added fruits, nuts or 
yoghurts containing added fruits, 
cocoa, 
nuts or cocoa, 
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Annex I - indent 14 
sea salt, 
– 
sea salt and other salts for 
– salt, 
food and feed, 
 
– 
silkworm cocoon suitable 
 
for reeling 
Amendment 268  
 
 
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- natural gums and resins, 
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Annex I - indent 15 (a) (new) 
 
 
– natural corks, non-agglomerated and 
without binders,
 
- pollen, 
– 
pollen, 
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- beeswax, 
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- essential oils, 
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– 
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 
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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 
 
combed, 
 
– 
wool, not carded or 
 
combed, 
 
– 
raw hides and untreated 
 
skins. 
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Annex I - indent 19 (a) (new) 
 
 
– aromatised wine products as defined in 
Council Regulation (EU) No 251/20141a.
 
Amendment 272  
 
 
Annex I - indent 19 (b) (new) 
 
 
– uncarded and uncombed cotton, 
Amendment 273  
 
 
Annex I - indent 19 (c) (new) 
 
 
– uncarded and uncombed wools, 
Amendment 274  
 
 
Annex I - indent 19 (d) (new) 
 
 
– raw hides and unprocessed skins, 
Amendment 275  
 
 
Annex I - indent 19 (e) (new) 
 
 
– plant-based raw materials for traditional 
herbal medicinal products. 

ANNEX II 
 
 
SPECIFIC PRODUCTION 
SPECIFIC PRODUCTION 
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RULES REFERRED TO IN 
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CHAPTER III 
CHAPTER III 
Part I: Plant production rules 
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laid down in Articles 7 to 10, the 
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rules set out in this Part shall apply 
to organic plant production. 
1. 
General requirements 
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Annex II - Part I - point 1.1 
1.1  Hydroponic production, which  1.1.  Hydroponic production, 
1.1. Hydroponic production is prohibited. 
is a method of growing plants with 
which is a method of growing 
their roots in a nutrient solution 
plants, which are not naturally 
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 point 1.1, 
growing plants in pots as an exception to soil-
bound plant production as defined in point 
(e)(ii) of Article 4 shall only be allowed for 
seedlings or for the production of ornamentals 
and herbs if the ornamentals and herbs in 
question are sold in pots to the 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. 
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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 
 
from article 7.1a.(ii), for the 
purpose of the conversion of 
perennial crops, which require a 
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.  

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

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

 
(iii)  upon completion of 
 
the harvest, the producer 
informs the control 
authority or control body of 
the exact quantities 
harvested on the units 
concerned and of the 
measures applied to 
separate the products; 

 
(iv)  the conversion plan 
 
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. 

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Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.1 (a) 
(new) 
 
 
1.3.1a. For the purpose of the conversion of 
perennial crops, which require a 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 five 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. 
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Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.3 (1) 
1.3.3  In the case of treatment with a 
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1.3.3. In the case of treatment with a product 
product not authorised for organic 
not authorised for organic production, the 
production, the competent authority 
competent authority shall require a new 
shall require a new conversion 
conversion period for treated parts of the 
period in accordance with point 
parcels in accordance with point 1.3.1. 
1.3.1. 
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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 decide that 
following two cases: 
that period may be shortened in the following 
cases: 
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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 
not authorised for organic 
authorised for organic production as part of a 
production as part of a 
compulsory control measure for pests or weeds, 
compulsory control measure 
including quarantine organisms or invasive 
for pests or weeds, including 
species, imposed by the competent authority of 
quarantine organisms or 
the Member State; 
invasive species, imposed by 
the competent authority of the 
Member State; 
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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 
not authorised for organic 
authorised for organic production as part of 
production as part of scientific 
scientific tests approved by the competent 
tests approved by the 
authority of the Member State. 
competent authority of the 
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 
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; 
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Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (b) 
(b) 
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(b) the harvest following the treatment may not 
treatment may not be sold with 
be sold with reference to in-conversion or 
reference to organic 
organic production methods. 
production. 
Amendment 283  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (1) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
Member States shall inform other Member 
States and the Commission of any decision 
taken by them which lays down compulsory 
measures;
 
Amendment 284  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.3.4 (1) (b) 
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In the case of treatments with a product which 
is not authorised for organic production, the 
provisions of point 1.3.5.2 shall not apply. 

1.3.5  The specific conversion rules 
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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. 
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Annex II - Part I  - point 1.3.5.2 
1.3.5.2 Notwithstanding point 
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1.3.5.1., the conversion period may 
conversion period may be reduced to one year 
be reduced to one year for 
for pasturages and open air areas used by non-
pasturages and open air areas used 
herbivore species. This period may be reduced 
by non-herbivore species. 
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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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 
1.4.1. For the production of plants and plant 
and plant products only organically 
and plant products other than 
products only organically produced plant 
produced plant reproductive material  plant reproductive material, only 
reproductive material shall be used. As referred 
shall be used. To this end, the plant 
organically produced plant 
to in Article 10(2), a database shall list the 
intended for plant reproductive 
reproductive material shall be used.  corresponding plant intended for plant 
material production and, where 
To this end, tThe plant intended 
reproductive material production and, where 
relevant, the mother plant shall have 
for plant reproductive material 
relevant, the mother plant shall have been 
been produced in accordance with 
production and, where relevant, the 
produced in accordance with this Regulation 
this Regulation for at least one 
mother plant shall have been 
for at least one generation, or, in the case of 
generation, or, in the case of 
produced in accordance with this 
perennial crops, during two growing seasons. 
perennial crops, for at least one 
Regulation for at least one 
generation during two growing 
generation, or, in the case of 
seasons. 
perennial crops, for at least one 
generation during two growing 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
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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.  

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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 propagating 
material not obtained from organic 
material not obtained from organic 
material not obtained from organic production 
production 
production  
 
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 
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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 
 
material from a production 
unit in conversion to 
organic farming may be 
used. 

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

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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. 

 
1.4.2.2. 
Member States 
 
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 
 
use plant reproductive 
material not obtained by 
the organic production 
method may only be 
granted in the following 

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

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

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the same species are 
appropriate and that the 
authorisation therefore 
is significant for his 
production; 

 
(iv) 
where it is 
 
justified for use in 
research, test in small-
scale field trials or for 
variety conservation 
purposes agreed by the 
competent authority of 
the Member State. 

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

 
1.4.2.5. 
The 
 
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. 
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1.4.2.5., the competent 
authority of the Member 
State may grant to all users 
a general authorisation: 

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

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

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

 
1.4.2.7. 
Authorisation 
 
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 

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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 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;
 
 
 
(b) where no supplier, meaning an operator 
selling seed or vegetative propagating material 
or plants to other operators, is in a position to 
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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. 

 
 
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 

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organic form. 
1.5  Soil management and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
fertilisation 
1.5.1  Organic plant production shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
use tillage and cultivation practices 
that maintain or increase soil organic 
matter, enhance soil stability and soil 
biodiversity, and prevent soil 
compaction and soil erosion. 
Amendment 288  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.2 
1.5.2  The fertility and biological 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.5.2. The fertility and biological activity of the 
activity of the soil shall be 
soil shall be maintained and increased by the 
maintained and increased by 
use of soil engineering, by multiannual crop 
multiannual crop rotation including 
rotation including mandatory leguminous 
legumes and other green manure 
crops as the main or cover crop for rotating 
crops, and by the application of 
crops and other green manure crops, and by the 
livestock manure or organic 
application of livestock manure or organic 
material, both preferably composted, 
material, both preferably composted, from 
from organic production. 
organic production. 
 
1.5.2a. 
The use of biodynamic   
preparations is allowed. 
1.5.3  Where the nutritional needs of 
1.5.3. Where the nutritional needs 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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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 
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 manure, as 
manure, as defined in Council 
defined in Council Directive 91/676/EEC67, 
Directive 91/676/EEC61, applied on 
applied on the parcel, shall not exceed 170 kg 
the agricultural holding, shall not 
of nitrogen per year/hectare of agricultural area 
exceed 170 kg of nitrogen per 
used. That limit shall only apply to the use of 
year/hectare of agricultural area 
farmyard manure, dried farmyard manure and 
used. That limit shall only apply to 
dehydrated poultry manure, composted animal 
the use of farmyard manure, dried 
excrements, including poultry manure, 
farmyard manure and dehydrated 
composted farmyard manure and liquid animal 
poultry manure, composted animal 
excrements. The total amount of livestock 
excrements, including poultry 
manure applied in market garden production 
manure, composted farmyard 
under shelter shall not exceed 240kg of 
manure and liquid animal 
nitrogen per year/hectare over the whole area 
excrements. 
under shelter. 
1.5.5  Organic agricultural holdings  Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
may establish written cooperation 
agreements exclusively with other 
agricultural holdings and enterprises 
which comply with the organic 
production rules, with the intention 
                                                 
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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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-
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.5.6. Preparations of micro-organisms and 
organisms may be used to improve 
biochar may be used to improve the overall 
the overall condition of the soil or 
condition of the soil or the availability of 
the availability of nutrients in the 
nutrients in the soil or in the crops. 
soil or in the crops. 
1.5.7  For compost activation 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
appropriate plant-based preparations 
or preparations of micro-organisms 
may be used. 
1.5.8  Mineral nitrogen fertilisers 
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Commission proposal unchanged 
shall not be used. 
Amendment 291  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.8 (a) 
(new) 
 
 
1.5.8a. The use of biodynamic preparations 
shall be allowed.
 
Amendment 292  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.5.8 (b) 
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1.5.8b. The use of ferti-irrigation is 
prohibited. 

1.6  Pest and weed management 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Amendment 293  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.1 - 
introductory part 
1.6.1  The prevention of damage 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.6.1. The prevention of damage caused by 
caused by pests and weeds shall rely 
pests, weeds and diseases shall rely primarily 
primarily on the protection by: 
on the protection by: 

natural enemies,   
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 

the choice of species, 

the choice of species, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
varieties and heterogeneous 
varieties and heterogeneous 
material, 
material populations

crop rotation, 
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Commission proposal unchanged 

cultivation techniques 

cultivation techniques 
Commission proposal unchanged 
such as biofumigation, and 
such as biofumigation, 
mechanical und physical 
methods, 
and 
Amendment 294  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.1 - 
indent 5 

thermal processes such 
Commission proposal unchanged 
– thermal processes such as solarisation and
as solarisation and shallow 
exclusively for protected crops, shallow steam 
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steam treatment of the soil (to 
treatment of the soil. 
a maximum depth of 10 cm)
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 protected 
protected adequately from pests by 
protected adequately from pests by 
adequately from pests, weeds and diseases by 
measures provided for in point 1.6.1.  measures provided for in point 
measures provided for in point 1.6.1. or in the 
or in the case of an established threat  1.6.1. or in the case of an 
case of an established threat to a crop, only 
to a crop, only products authorised 
established threat to a crop, only 
products authorised for use in organic 
for use in organic production 
products authorised for use in 
production pursuant to Article 19 may be used, 
pursuant to Article 19 may be used 
organic production pursuant to 
and only to the extent necessary. Operators 
and only to the extent necessary. 
Article 19 may be used and only to 
shall keep documentation proving the need for 
the extent necessary. Operators 
the use of such products. 
shall keep records of the use of 
these products. 

Amendment 296  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.6.3 
1.6.3  The traps or dispensers of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.6.3. In relation to products used in traps or 
products other than pheromones 
dispensers other than pheromones, the traps 
shall prevent the substances from 
and/or dispensers shall prevent the substances 
being released into the environment 
from being released into the environment and 
and prevent contact between the 
shall prevent contact between the substances 
substances and the crops being 
and the crops being cultivated. All traps 
cultivated. The traps shall be 
including pheromone traps shall be collected 
collected after use and disposed of 
after use and safely disposed of. 
safely
1.7  Products  used for cleaning 
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Commission proposal unchanged 
and disinfection 
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Amendment 297  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.7 (1) 
With regard to cleaning and 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For cleaning and disinfection, products shall 
disinfection, only the products for 
be used in plant production only if they are 
cleaning and disinfection in plant 
authorised for use in organic production 
production authorised for use in 
pursuant to Article 19. 
organic production pursuant to 
Article 19 shall be used
Amendment 298  
 
 
Annex II - Part I - point 1.7 (1) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
Operators shall keep documentation on the 
parcels concerned and on the amount of the 
harvest. 

2. 
Requirements for specific 
2. 
Requirements for specific 
Commission proposal unchanged 
plants or plant products 
plants or plant products 
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 
animal excrements: 
animal excrements: 
(i) 
either from 
(i) either from 
Commission proposal unchanged 
agricultural holdings 
agricultural holdings 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
composting; 

(b) 
products of agricultural 
(b)  products of 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
treated; 
treated; 
(d) 
wood, not treated with 
(d)  wood, not treated with  Commission proposal unchanged 
chemical products after felling; 
chemical products after 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
collection of wild plants 
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, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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 
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In addition to the production rules 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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, by which 
livestock does not manage 
organic livestock does not manage 
the operator of the livestock does not manage 
agricultural land and has not 
agricultural land and has not 
agricultural land and/or has not concluded 
established a written cooperation 
established a written cooperation 
written cooperation agreement with another 
agreement with another organic 
agreement with another organic 
operator in accordance with Annex II, Part I, 
farmer, landless livestock 
farmer, landless livestock 
point 1.5.4, shall be prohibited with the 
production shall be prohibited. 
production shall be prohibited. 
exception of beekeeping. 
1.2  Conversion 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 start at the 
start at the earliest when the farmer 
start at the earliest when the 
earliest when the farmer or operator has 
has notified his activity to the 
farmer has notified his activity to 
notified his activity to the competent authorities 
competent authorities and subjected 
the competent authority and 
and subjected his holding to the control system 
his holding to the control system in 
subjected his holding to the 
in accordance with this Regulation. 
accordance with this Regulation. 
control system in accordance 
with this Regulation. 

Amendment 301  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.2.2 
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1.2.2  Conversion periods specific to 
1.2.2. Conversion periods specific 
1.2.2. In the case of non-simultaneous 
the type of animal production are set  to the type of animal production 
conversion of pasturage/land used for animal 
out in point 2. 
are set out in point 2 for the 
feed and animals, the periods specific to the 
animal species referred to Article 
type of animal production set out in point 2 
11(3) from (a) to (e) are: 
shall be applied. 
 
(a)  12 months in the case 
 
of bovine and equine 
animals for meat 
production, and in any case 
at least three quarters of 
their lifetime; 

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

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

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

 
(e) 
six weeks in the case 
 
of poultry for egg 
production, brought in 

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before they are three days 
old; 

 
(f) 
12 months for bees. 
 
During the conversion 
period the wax shall be 
replaced with wax coming 
from organic beekeeping. 
However,  non-organic 
beeswax may be used: 

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

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

 
(iii) 
provided that it 
 
comes from the cap. 
1.2.3  Animals and animal products 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
produced during the conversion 
period shall not be marketed as 
organic. 
Amendment 302  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.2.4 
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1.2.4  Animals and animal products 
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1.2.4. The total combined conversion period 
may be considered organic at the 
for both existing animals and their offspring, 
end of the conversion period if 
pasturage and/or any land used for animal 
there is simultaneous conversion of 
feed, may be reduced to 24 months if the 
the complete production unit, 
animals are mainly fed with products from the 
including livestock, pasturage or 
production unit in conversion. 
any land used for animal feed. 
1.3  Origin of animals 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 born or 
and raised on organic 
hatched and raised on organic agricultural 
agriculturalholdings. 
holdings. 
 
 
With regard to the provisions provided for in 
Article 11(1), when a flock is constituted for 
the first time, renewed or reconstituted, and 
organically reared poultry are 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 is respected.
 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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organic animals: 
(a) 
reproduction shall use 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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natural methods; however, 
artificial insemination shall be 
allowed; 
(b) 
reproduction shall not be 
(b)  reproduction cycles 
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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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Commission proposal unchanged 
reproduction, such as cloning 
and embryo transfer, shall not 
be used; 
Amendment 304  
 
 
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(d) 
the choice of breeds shall  Commission proposal unchanged 
(d) the choice of breeds shall be appropriate to 
be appropriate and shall 
ensure a high standard of animal welfare and 
contribute to the prevention of 
shall also contribute to the prevention of any 
any suffering and to avoiding 
suffering and to avoiding the need for the 
the need for the mutilation of 
mutilation of animals. 
animals. 
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 
Commission proposal unchanged 
1.3.4. In the choice of breeds or strains, account 
strains, account shall be taken of the 
shall be taken of the capacity of animals to 
capacity of animals to adapt to local 
adapt to local conditions, without impairment 
conditions, without impairment of 
of their welfare, their vitality and their 
their welfare, their vitality and their 
resistance to disease. In addition, breeds or 
resistance to disease. In addition, 
strains of animals shall be selected to avoid 
breeds or strains of animals shall be 
specific diseases or health problems associated 
selected to avoid specific diseases or 
with some breeds or strains used in intensive 
health problems associated with 
production, such as porcine stress syndrome, 
some breeds or strains used in 
pale-soft-exudative (PSE) syndrome, sudden 
intensive production, such as porcine 
death, spontaneous abortion and difficult births 
stress syndrome, pale-soft-exudative 
requiring caesarean operations. Preference shall 
(PSE) syndrome, sudden death, 
be given to indigenous breeds and strains. 
spontaneous abortion and difficult 
births requiring caesarean 
operations. Preference shall be given 
to indigenous breeds and strains. 
 
 
The preservation of rare and/or native breeds 
in danger of extinction shall be encouraged.
 
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1.3.4a. Average growth and production rates 
shall be 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 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, 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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 
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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 
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 
 
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 
 
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 

                                                 
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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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which the animals enter the 
herd:  

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

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

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

 
1.3.5.2 
Non-organic 
 
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 
 
maximum of 10 % of 
adult equine or bovine 
animals and 20 % of the 
adult porcine, ovine and 

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

 
1.3.5.3. 
The percentages 
 
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 
 
extension to the farm is 
undertaken; 

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

 
(d) 
when breeds are 
 
in danger of being lost to 
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farming as defined by 
Member States in 
accordance with 
Commission Delegated 
Regulation (EU) No 
807/201464 and in that 
case animals of those 
breeds must not 
necessarily be 
nulliparous. 

 
1.3.5.4. 
For the 
 
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 
 
birds is constituted for the 
first time, renewed or 
reconstituted, non-

                                                 
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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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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. 

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 point 1.3.1, 
non-organic young 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 bred organic animals. 

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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 

 
 
(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. 

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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 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. In any case, one swarm or queen bee 
can be replaced per year. 

1.4  Nutrition 
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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; 
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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 organic feed that 
with organic feed that meets 
with organic or in-
meets the animal's nutritional requirements at 
the animal's nutritional 
conversion feed as referred 
the various stages of its development, in terms 
requirements at the various 
to in point 1.4.3, that meets 
of both quality and quantity. Restricted 
stages of its development. 
the animal's nutritional 
feeding shall not be permitted in livestock 
Restricted feeding shall not be 
requirements at the various 
production. A part of the ration may contain 
permitted in livestock 
stages of its development. 
feed from holdings which are in conversion to 
production; 
Restricted feeding shall not 
organic farming. By way of exception to the 
be permitted in livestock 
production rules relating to non-availability of 
production; 
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; 
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be reversible at any stage of 
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 maternal 
fed in preference on  maternal 
milk in preference to natural milk, for a 
milk for a minimum period; 
minimum period; 
(h) 
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origin, feed additives, certain 
products used in animal 
nutrition and processing aids 
shall be used only if they have 
been authorised for use in 
organic production pursuant to 
Article 19. 
Amendment 310  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.1 (h) (a) 
(new) 
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(ha) non-organic feed materials of plant 
origin, feed materials of animal and mineral 
origin, feed additives, certain products used in 
animal nutrition and processing aids shall be 
used only if they have been authorised for use 
in organic production pursuant to Article 19 
and in duly justified cases.
 
 
1.4.1a.  Grazing on organic land 
 
Organic animals shall graze on 
organic land. However, non-
organic animals may use organic 
pasturage for a limited period of 
time each year, provided that 
such animals are derived from a 
farming system equivalent to one 
of those provided for in Articles 
23, 25, 28, 30, 31 and 34 of 
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 
and that organic animals are not 
present at the same time on that 
pasture.  

1.4.2  Grazing of common land and 
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transhumance 
1.4.2.1 
Organic animals may be 
1.4.2.1. 
Organic animals 
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grazed on common land, provided 
may be grazed on common 
that: 
land, provided that: 
Amendment 311  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.2.1 (a) 
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(a) 
the common land is fully 
(a) 
the common land 
(a) the common land on which grazing is 
managed in accordance with 
has not been treated with  taking place has not been treated with 
this Regulation; 
products not authorised 
products not authorised for organic 
for organic production 
production for at least two years; 
for at least three years; is  This condition shall not apply to extensive 
fully managed in 
pastures which are not used by animals for 
accordance with this 
more than 150 days in a year; 
Regulation; 
Amendment 312  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.2.1 (b) 
(b) 
any non-organic 
(b) 
any non-organic 
deleted 
animals which use the land 
animals which use the 
concerned are derived from a 
land concerned are derived 
production system equivalent 
from a production system 
to one of those provided for  
equivalent to one of those 
in Articles 28 and 30 of 
provided for in Articles 
Regulation (EU) No 
23, 25, 28, and 30, 31 and 
1305/201365
34 of Regulation (EU) No 
1305/201366
(c) 
any livestock products 
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from organic animals, whilst 
using this land, is not regarded 
                                                 
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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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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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as being from organic 
production, unless adequate 
segregation from non-organic 
animals can be proved. 
Amendment 313  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.2.2 
1.4.2.2 
During the period of 
1.4.2.2. 
During the period 
1.4.2.2. During the period of transhumance 
transhumance animals may graze on 
of transhumance animals may  animals may graze on non-organic land when 
non-organic land when they are 
graze on non-organic land 
they are being moved on foot from one grazing 
being moved on foot from one 
when they are being moved 
area to another. The uptake of non-organic 
grazing area to another. The uptake 
on foot from one grazing area  feed, in the form of grass and other vegetation 
of non-organic feed, in the form of 
to another. The uptake of 
on which the animals graze, shall not exceed 
grass and other vegetation on which 
non-organic feed, in the form 
20 % of the total feed ration per year. This 
the animals graze, shall be allowed 
of grass and other vegetation 
figure shall be calculated as a percentage of 
for a maximum of 35 days covering 
on which the animals graze, 
the dry matter of feeding stuffs from 
both the outward and return 
shall be allowed for a 
agricultural origin. 
journeys
maximum of 35 days 
covering both the outward 
and return journeys. During 
this period, organic 
livestock shall be kept 
separate from other 
livestock.
 
Amendment 314  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.2.2 (1) 
(a) (new) 
 
 
Operators shall keep documentary evidence of 
the use of provisions referred to in point 1.4.2.
 
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1.4.3  In-conversion feed 
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Amendment 315  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.3.1 
1.4.3.1 For in-conversion 
1.4.3.1. 
For in-conversion  1.4.3.1. Up to 25 % on average of the feed fed 
agricultural holdings, up to 15 % of 
agricultural holdings, up to 
to livestock may be made up of in-conversion 
the total average amount of feed fed 
15 20 % of the total average 
feed. When the in-conversion feed comes from 
to livestock may originate from the 
amount of feed fed to 
an in-conversion unit of the holding itself, this 
grazing or harvesting of permanent 
livestock may originate from 
proportion may be increased to 100 %. 
pastures, perennial forage parcels 
the grazing or harvesting of 
or protein crops, sown under 
permanent pastures, perennial 
organic management on lands in 
forage parcels or protein 
their first year of conversion, 
crops, sown under organic 
provided that they are part of the 
management on lands in their 
holding itself. Feed in their first 
first year of conversion, 
year of conversion may not be used 
provided that they are part of 
for the production of organic 
the holding itself. Feed in 
processed feed. When both in-
their first year of 
conversion feed and feed from 
conversion may not be used 
parcels in their first year of 
for the production of 
conversion are being used, the total 
organic processed feed. 
combined percentage of such feed 
When both in-conversion 
shall not exceed the maximum 
feed and feed from parcels 
percentages fixed in point 1.4.3.2
both in their first and second 
year of conversion are being 
used for feeding, the total 
combined percentage of such 
feed shall not exceed the 
maximum percentages fixed 
in point 1.4.3.2. Feed in 
their first year of 

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conversion may not be used 
for the production of 
organic processed feed. 

Amendment 316  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.4.3.2 
1.4.3.2 
For organic agricultural 
1.4.3.2. 
For organic 
1.4.3.2. Up to 30 % of the total average 
holdings, up to 20 % on average of 
agricultural holdings, up to 
amount of feedingstuffs fed to livestock may 
the feed formula of rations may 
20 30 % on average of the 
originate from the grazing or harvesting of 
comprise in-conversion feed, 
feed formula of rations may 
permanent pastures, perennial forage parcels 
namely feed from the second year of 
comprise in-conversion feed,  or protein crops, sown under organic 
conversion. For in-conversion 
namely feed from the second  management on lands in their first year of 
agricultural holdings, when the in-
year of conversion. For in-
conversion, provided that they form part of the 
conversion feed come from the 
conversion agricultural 
holding itself and have not been part of an 
holding itself, this percentage may 
holdings, when the in-
organic production unit of that holding in the 
be increased to 100
conversion feed from the 
last five years. When both in-conversion 
second year of conversion 
feedingstuffs and feedingstuffs from parcels 
comes from the holding 
in their first year of conversion are being 
itself, this percentage may be 
used, the total combined percentage of such 
increased to 100. 
feedingstuffs shall not exceed the maximum 
percentages fixed in point 1.4.3.1
. 
1.4.3.3 
The figures in points 
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1.4.3.1. and 1.4.3.2. shall be 
calculated annually as a percentage 
of the dry matter of feed of plant 
origin. 
1.4.4  Use of certain feed materials 
1.4.4. Use of certain feed materials 
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and substances in feed 
and substances in feed 
Amendment 317 
 
 
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Only organic feed materials of 
Only organic feed materialsas well  Only organic feed materials of plant and 
animal origin as well as feed 
as feed materials and feed additives  animal origin, feed materials of invertebrate 
materials and feed additives 
authorised for use in organic 
origin and fermentative products of organic 
authorised for use in organic 
production pursuant to Article 19 
origin, as well as feed materials and feed 
production pursuant to Article 19 
and to point 3 of part IV of 
additives authorised for use in organic 
may be used in the processing of 
Annex II may be used in the 
production pursuant to Article 19 may be used 
organic feed and in the feeding of 
processing of organic feed and in 
in the processing of organic feed and in the 
organic animals. 
the feeding of organic animals. 
feeding of organic animals. 
 
 
Non-organic protein feed may be used 
provided that:
 
 
 
(i) it is not available in organic form; 
 
 
(ii) it is produced or prepared without 
chemical solvents; and
 
 
 
(iii) its use is limited to porcine and poultry 
species and to specific stages of development 
(piglets up to 35kg and young poultry) and 
specific protein compounds.
 
 
 
This is an exception to the production rules 
relating to non-availability of organic farm 
input in accordance with point (b) 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 the 

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availability of organic protein feed. 
 
 
Non-organic spices, herbs and molasses may 
be used, provided that:
 
 
 
(i) they are not available in organic form; 
 
 
(ii) they are produced or prepared without 
chemical solvents; and 

 
 
(iii) their use is limited to 1 % of the feed 
ration of a given species, calculated annually 
as a percentage of the dry matter of feed from 
agricultural origin. This is an exeption to the 
production rules relating to non-availability of 
organic farm input in accordance with point 
(b) of Article 17(2), where farmers are unable 
to obtain spices, herbs, and molasses 
exclusively from organic production. The 
percentage shall be decreased in line with the 
availability of organic spices, herbs and 
molasses; 

 
 
Products from sustainable fisheries may be 
used, provided that: 

 
 
(i) they are produced or prepared without 
chemical solvents; 

 
 
(ii) their use is restricted to non-herbivores; 
and 

 
 
(iii) the use of fish protein hydrolysate is 
restricted solely to young animals; 

 
 
This is an exeption to the production rules 
relating to non-availability of organic farm 

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input in accordance with point (b) of Article 
17(2), where farmers are unable to obtain 
products from sustainable fisheries 
exclusively from organic production. The 
percentage shall be decreased in line with the 
availability of organic fisheries. 

1.5  Health care 
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1.5.1  Disease prevention 
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1.5.1.1 
Disease prevention shall 
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be based on breed and strain 
selection, husbandry management 
practices, high quality feed and 
exercise, appropriate stocking 
density and adequate and appropriate 
housing maintained in hygienic 
conditions. 
1.5.1.2 
The use of 
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immunological veterinary medicinal 
products shall be allowed. 
1.5.1.3 
The use of chemically 
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synthesised allopathic veterinary 
medicinal products or antibiotics for 
preventive treatment shall be 
prohibited. 
Amendment 318  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.5.1.3 (a) 
(new) 
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1.5.1.3a. The use of bolus composed of 
synthesised allopathic chemical molecules is 
prohibited;
 
1.5.1.4 
The use of substances to 
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promote growth or production 
(including antibiotics, 
coccidiostatics and other artificial 
aids for growth promotion purposes) 
and the use of hormones or similar 
substances to control reproduction or 
for other purposes (e.g. induction or 
synchronisation of oestrus), shall be 
prohibited. 
1.5.1.5 
Where livestock is 
1.5.1.5. 
Where livestock 
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obtained from non-organic units, 
is obtained from non-organic 
special measures such as screening 
production units, special 
tests or quarantine periods shall 
measures such as screening 
apply, depending on local 
tests or quarantine periods 
circumstances. 
shall apply, depending on 
local circumstances. 
1.5.1.6 
With regard to cleaning 
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and disinfection, only the products 
for cleaning and disinfection in 
livestock buildings and installations 
authorised for use in organic 
production pursuant to Article 19 
shall be used. 
1.5.1.7 
Housing, pens, 
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equipment and utensils shall be 
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properly cleaned and disinfected to 
prevent cross-infection and the 
build-up of disease carrying 
organisms. Faeces, urine and 
uneaten or spilt feed shall be 
removed as often as necessary to 
minimise smell and to avoid 
attracting insects or rodents. 
Rodenticides (to be used only in 
traps), and the products authorised 
for use in organic production 
pursuant to Article 19 may be used 
for the elimination of insects and 
other pests in buildings and other 
installations where livestock is kept. 
1.5.2  Veterinary treatment 
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1.5.2.1 
Where despite 
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preventive measures to ensure 
animal health animals become sick 
or injured they shall be treated 
immediately. 
Amendment 319  
 
 
Annex II - part II - point 1.5.2.2 
1.5.2.2 Disease shall be treated 
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1.5.2.2. Disease shall be treated immediately to 
immediately to avoid suffering of 
avoid suffering of the animal; chemically 
the animal; chemically synthesised 
synthesised allopathic veterinary medicinal 
allopathic veterinary medicinal 
products including antibiotics may be used 
products including antibiotics may 
where necessary and under the responsibility of 
be used where necessary and under 
a veterinarian, when the use of 
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strict conditions and under the 
phytotherapeutic, homeopathic and other 
responsibility of a veterinarian, 
products is inappropriate. In particular 
when the use of phytotherapeutic, 
restrictions with respect to courses of treatment 
homeopathic and other products is 
and withdrawal periods shall be defined. 
inappropriate. In particular 
restrictions with respect to courses 
of treatment and withdrawal periods 
shall be defined. 
1.5.2.3 
Feed materials of 
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mineral origin and nutritional 
additives authorised for use in 
organic production pursuant to 
Article 19 and phytotherapeutic and 
homeopathic products shall be used 
in preference to chemically-
synthesised allopathic veterinary 
treatment including antibiotics, 
provided that their therapeutic effect 
is effective for the species of animal, 
and the condition for which the 
treatment is intended. 
Amendment 320  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.5.2.4 
1.5.2.4 With the exception of 
1.5.2.4. 
With the 
1.5.2.4. With the exception of vaccinations, 
vaccinations, treatments for parasites 
exception of vaccinations, 
treatments for parasites, phytotherapeutic and 
and compulsory eradication schemes 
treatments for parasites and 
homeopathic products and compulsory 
where an animal or group of animals 
compulsory eradication 
eradication schemes where an animal or group 
receive more than three courses of 
schemes where an animal or 
of animals receive more than three courses of 
treatments with chemically-
group of animals receive 
treatments with chemically-synthesised 
synthesised allopathic veterinary 
more than three courses of 
allopathic veterinary medicinal products 
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medicinal products including 
treatments with chemically-
including antibiotics within 12 months, or more 
antibiotics within 12 months, or 
synthesised allopathic 
than one course of treatment if their productive 
more than one course of treatment if 
veterinary medicinal products  lifecycle is less than one year, the livestock 
their productive lifecycle is less than 
including antibiotics within 
concerned, or produce derived from them, shall 
one year, the livestock concerned, or 
12 months, or more than one 
not be sold as organic products, and the 
produce derived from them, shall not 
course of treatment if their 
livestock shall undergo the conversion periods 
be sold as organic products, and the 
productive lifecycle is less 
referred to in points 1.2 and 2. 
livestock shall undergo the 
than one year, the livestock 
conversion periods referred to in 
concerned, or produce 
points 1.2 and 2. 
derived from them, shall not 
be sold as organic products, 
and the livestock shall 
undergo the conversion 
periods referred to in points 
1.2 and 2
Amendment 321  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.5.2.5 
1.5.2.5 
The withdrawal period 
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1.5.2.5. The withdrawal period between the last 
between the last administration of an 
administration of a chemically synthesised 
allopathic veterinary medicinal 
allopathic veterinary medicinal product to an 
product to an animal under normal 
animal under normal conditions of use, and the 
conditions of use, and the production 
production of organically produced foodstuffs 
of organically produced foodstuffs 
from such animals, shall be twice the 
from such animals, is to be twice the  
withdrawal period referred to in Article 9 of 
withdrawal period as referred to in 
Directive 2001/82/EC and at least 48 hours. 
Article 11 of Directive 2001/82/EC 
or, in a case in which this period is 
not specified,
 48 hours. 
1.5.2.6 
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protection of human and animal 
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health imposed on the basis of Union 
legislation shall be allowed. 
1.6  Housing conditions and 
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husbandry practices 
1.6.1  Insulation, heating and 
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ventilation of the building shall 
ensure that air circulation, dust level, 
temperature, relative air humidity 
and gas concentration, are kept 
within limits which ensure the well-
being of the animals. The building 
shall permit plentiful natural 
ventilation and light to enter. 
1.6.2  Housing for livestock shall not  1.6.2. Housing for livestock shall 
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be mandatory in areas with 
not be mandatory in areas with 
appropriate climatic conditions to 
appropriate climatic conditions to 
enable animals to live outdoors. 
enable animals to live outdoors. 
Livestock shall have permanent 
Livestock shall have permanent 
access to open air areas, preferably 
access to open air areas, 
pasture, whenever weather 
preferably pasture, whenever 
conditions and the state of the 
weather conditions and the state 
ground allow this, unless restrictions  of the ground allow this, unless 
and obligations related to the 
restrictions and obligations 
protection of human and animal 
related to the protection of 
health are imposed on the basis of 
human and animal health are 
Union legislation. Animals shall 
imposed on the basis of Union 
have access to shelters or shady 
legislation. Animals shall have 
areas to protect them from adverse 
access to shelters or shady areas to 
weather conditions. 
protect them from adverse weather 
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conditions. 
1.6.3  The stocking density in 
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buildings shall provide for the 
comfort, the well-being and the 
species-specific needs of the animals 
which, in particular, shall depend on 
the species, the breed and the age of 
the animals. It shall also take 
account of the behavioural needs of 
the animals, which depend in 
particular on the size of the group 
and the animals' sex. The density 
shall ensure the animals' welfare by 
providing them with sufficient space 
to stand naturally, move, lie down 
easily, turn round, groom 
themselves, assume all natural 
postures and make all natural 
movements such as stretching and 
wing flapping. 
1.6.4  The minimum surface for 
1.6.4. The minimum surface for 
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indoor and outdoor areas, and other 
indoor and outdoor areas, and 
characteristics of housing for 
other characteristics of housing 
different species and categories of 
for different species and 
animals, shall be as set out in points 
categories of animals, shall be as 
2.1.4., 2.2.4., 2.3.4. and 2.4.5. 
set out in points 2.1.4., 2.2.4., 
2.3.4. and 2.4.5. 

Amendment 322  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.6.5 
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1.6.5. Open air areas may be partially covered. 
covered. Verandas shall not be 
Verandas shall only be considered as open air 
considered as open air areas. 
areas for breeding birds and for pullets aged 
under 18 weeks
. 
1.6.6  The total stocking density shall  Commission proposal unchanged 
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not exceed the limit of 170 kg of 
organic nitrogen per year and 
hectare of agricultural area. 
1.6.7  To determine the appropriate 
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density of livestock referred to in 
point 1.6.6, the competent authority 
shall set out the livestock units 
equivalent to the limit referred to in 
point 1.6.6., following the figures 
laid down in each of the specific 
requirement by animal production. 
1.7  Animal welfare 
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1.7.1  All persons involved in 
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keeping animals shall possess the 
necessary basic knowledge and skills 
as regards the health and the welfare 
needs of the animals. 
1.7.2  Husbandry practices, including  Commission proposal unchanged 
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stocking densities and housing 
conditions shall ensure that the 
developmental, physiological and 
ethological needs of animals are met. 
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Amendment 323  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.3 
1.7.3  The livestock shall have 
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1.7.3. Herbivores shall have permanent access 
permanent access to open air areas, 
to open air areas during daytime, including 
preferably pasture, whenever 
open-air pens and pasture as appropriate to 
weather conditions and the state of 
the species concerned, whenever weather 
the ground allow this unless 
conditions and the state of the ground allow 
restrictions and obligations related to 
this, unless restrictions and obligations related 
the protection of human and animal 
to the protection of human and animal health 
health are imposed on the basis of 
are imposed pursuant to Union legislation. 
Union legislation. 
 
 
Whenever weather and seasonal conditions 
and the state of the ground do not allow 
access to pasture, livestock shall, as 
appropriate, have access during daytime to 
open-air areas allowing the animals to 
exercise, save where this is not conducive to 
the welfare of the animals concerned or where 
temporary restrictions and obligations related 
to the protection of human and animal health 
are imposed pursuant to Union legislation.
 
1.7.4  The number of livestock shall 
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be limited with a view to minimising 
overgrazing, poaching of soil, 
erosion, or pollution caused by 
animals or by the spreading of their 
manure. 
1.7.5  Where Article 8(5) and point 
1.7.5. Where Article 8(5) and 
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1.4.2.2. of this Part apply, organic 
point 1.4.2.2. of this Part apply, 
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livestock shall be kept separate from 
organic livestock shall be kept 
other livestock. 
separate from other livestock. 
Amendment 324  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.6 
1.7.6  Tethering or isolation of 
1.7.6. Tethering or isolation of 
1.7.6. Tethering or isolation of livestock shall 
livestock shall be prohibited, unless 
livestock shall be prohibited, unless  be prohibited, save for individual animals for a 
for individual animals for a limited 
for individual animals for a limited 
limited period of time, and in so far as this is 
period of time, and in so far as this is  period of time, and in so far as this 
justified on grounds of safety or animal 
justified for veterinary reasons. 
is justified for veterinary reasons. 
protection or for veterinary reasons. Isolation 
Competent authorities may authorise  Isolation of livestock may be 
of livestock may be authorised, for a limited 
cattle in micro-enterprises to be 
authorised, for a limited period of  period of time, only when workers' safety is 
tethered if it is not possible to keep 
time, only when workers safety is 
compromised and for animal welfare reasons. 
the cattle in groups appropriate to 
compromised and for animal 
Competent authorities may authorise cattle in 
their behaviour requirements
welfare reasons. Competent 
micro-enterprises and undertakings located in 
provided they have access to 
authorities may authorise cattle in 
disadvantaged areas to be tethered, provided 
pastures during the grazing period, 
farms with a maximum of 50 
they have access to pastures during the grazing 
and at least twice a week access to 
animals (excluding young stock) 
period whenever weather conditions and the 
open air areas when grazing is not 
micro-enterprises to be tethered if 
state of the ground allow this during daytime, 
possible. 
it is not possible to keep the cattle 
unless restrictions and obligations relating to 
in groups appropriate to their 
the protection of human and animal health 
behaviour requirements, provided 
are imposed pursuant to Union legislation
they have access to pastures during 
and at least twice a week access to open air 
the grazing period, and at least 
areas when grazing is not possible. 
twice a week access to open air 
areas when grazing is not possible. 
1.7.7  Duration of transport of 
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livestock shall be minimised. 
Amendment 325  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.8 
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1.7.8  Any suffering shall be kept to 
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1.7.8. When organic production is carried out 
a minimum during the entire life of 
in accordance with this Regulation, its effect 
the animal, including at the time of 
on animal welfare, understood in the light of 
slaughter. 
Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of 
the European Union, should be considered in 
order to spare the animals any avoidable pain, 
distress or suffering. Animal welfare 
legislation such as Council Regulation (EC) 
No 1/20051a and Council Regulation (EC) No 
1099/20091bshould necessarily continue to 
apply and be properly implemented. The rules 
contained in this Regulation should not 
duplicate or overlap with them.
 
Amendment 326  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.8 (a) 
(new) 
 
 
1.7.8a. All persons handling organic animals 
during transport and slaughter shall receive 
adequate training to ensure proper 
application of the rules set out in this 
Regulation, as supported by regular 
inspections to ensure compliance.
 
Amendment 327  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.9 
1.7.9  Mutilation of animals shall be 
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1.7.9. Mutilation of animals shall be prohibited. 
prohibited. 
The trimming of the beaks of poultry, when 
undertaken in the first three days of life, 
attaching elastic bands to the tails of sheep 
and tail-docking may be authorised by the 
competent authority for reasons of safety or 

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animal and human health or if such actions 
are intended to improve the health, welfare or 
hygiene of the livestock concerned. Dehorning 
and castration of young mammals shall be 
approved only if adequate anaesthesia and/or 
analgesia are applied.
 
 
1.7.9a. 
Tail-docking, 
 
trimming of beaks and 
dehorning, including disbudding 
are allowed only on a case-by-
case basis when they improve the 
health, welfare or hygiene of the 
livestock or when workers safety 
is compromised. These operations 
shall be authorised by a 
competent authority and carried 
out by qualified personnel. 

1.7.10 
Any suffering to the 
1.7.10. 
Any suffering to the 
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animals shall be reduced to a 
animals shall be reduced to a 
minimum by applying adequate 
minimum by applying adequate 
anaesthesia and/or analgesia and by 
anaesthesia and/or analgesia and by 
carrying out the operation only at the  carrying out the an operation only 
most appropriate age by qualified 
at the most appropriate age by 
personnel. 
qualified personnel. 
1.7.11 
Physical castration shall 
1.7.11 
Physical castration shall  Commission proposal unchanged 
be allowed in order to maintain the 
be allowed in order to maintain the 
quality of products and traditional 
quality of products and traditional 
production practices but only under 
production practices but only under 
adequate anaesthesia or analgesia 
the conditions set out in 1.7.10 
and by carrying out the operation 
adequate anaesthesia or analgesia 
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only at the most appropriate age by 
and by carrying out the operation 
qualified personnel. 
only at the most appropriate age 
by qualified personnel
. 
Amendment 328  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 1.7.12 
1.7.12 
Loading and unloading 
1.7.12. 
Loading and unloading 
1.7.12. Loading and unloading of animals shall 
of animals shall be carried out 
of animals shall be carried out 
be carried out without the use of any type of 
without the use of any type of 
without the use of any type of 
electrical stimulation to coerce the animals
electrical stimulation to coerce the 
electrical or other painful 
except in exceptional circumstances and in 
animals. The use of allopathic 
stimulation to coerce the animals. 
accordance with the provisions of point 1.9 of 
tranquillisers, prior to or during 
The use of allopathic tranquillisers, 
Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009.  
transport, shall be prohibited. 
prior to or during transport, shall be  Mixing of animals which are unfamiliar with 
prohibited. 
each other during transport or lairage and 
unnecessary overnight lairage shall be 
avoided. Social animals shall be kept in 
groups and shall be able to move and turn 
around in the pens
. The use of allopathic 
tranquillisers, prior to or during transport, shall 
be prohibited. 
2.  
Requirements for specific 
2. 
Requirements for specific 
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livestock species 
livestock species 
2.1  Production of bovine, ovine 
2.1.  Production of bovine, ovine 
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and caprine animals 
and caprine animals 
2.1.1  Conversion 
2.1.1. 
Conversion 
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For bovine, ovine and caprine 
For bovine, ovine and caprine 
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animals and their products to be 
animals and their products to be 
considered organic, the production 
considered organic, the 
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rules set out in this Regulation must 
production rules set out in this 
have been applied for at least: 
Regulation must have been 
applied for at least: 

Amendment 329  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.1.1 (1) (a) 
(a)   12 months in the case of 
(a)  12 months in the case 
(a) 12 months in the case of bovines animals 
bovines animals for meat 
of bovines animals for meat  for meat production; 
production, and in any case at 
production, and in any case 
least three quarters of their 
at least three quarters of 
lifetime
their lifetime; 
(b) 
six months in the case of 
(b)  six months in the case 
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ovine and caprine animals and 
of ovine and caprine 
of animals for milk production. 
animals and of animals for 
milk production. 

2.1.2. Nutrition 
2.1.2  Nutrition 
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With regard to nutrition the 
With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
(a) 
bovine, ovine and 
(a)  bovine, ovine and 
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caprine animals shall have 
caprine animals shall have 
access to pasturage for grazing 
access to pasturage for 
whenever conditions allow; 
grazing whenever 
conditions allow; 

(b) 
notwithstanding point 
(b)  notwithstanding point 
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(a), male bovine animals over 
(a), male bovine animals 
one year old shall have access 
over one year old shall have 
to pasturage or an open air 
access to pasturage or an 
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area; 
open air area; 
(c) 
in cases where bovine, 
(c) 
in cases where bovine, 
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ovine and caprine animals 
ovine and caprine animals 
have access to pasturage 
have access to pasturage 
during the grazing period and 
during the grazing period 
where the winter- housing 
and where the winter- 
system gives freedom of 
housing system gives 
movement to the animals, the 
freedom of movement to the 
obligation to provide open air 
animals, the obligation to 
areas during the winter months 
provide open air areas 
may be waived; 
during the winter months 
may be waived; 

Amendment 330  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.1.2 (d) 
(d) 
except during the period 
(d)  except during the 
(d) except during the period each year when the 
each year when the animals are 
period each year when the 
animals are under transhumance as referred to 
under transhumance referred to 
animals are under 
in point 1.4.2.2., at least 60 % of the feed shall 
in point 1.4.2.2., at least 90 % 
transhumance referred to 
come primarily from the farm itself or, where 
of the feed shall come from the 
in point 1.4.2.2., at least 90 
this is not feasible, shall to the extent possible 
farm itself or in case this is not 
% of the feed shall come 
be produced in cooperation with other organic 
feasible, be produced in 
from the farm itself or in 
farms established within a radius of 150 km of 
cooperation with other organic 
case this is not feasible, be 
the farm itself and be produced in the Union. 
farms in the same region
produced in cooperation 
For the purposes of calculating the distance 
with other organic farms in 
in the case of farms located on islands and in 
the same region; 
coastal areas, that part of the distance which 
consists of stretches of water shall not be 
taken into account. This condition as to 
distance shall not apply to farms in the 
outermost regions.
 
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Local production of organic feed shall be 
encouraged. To that end, Member States may 
increase this percentage depending on the 
availability of organic feed in the farms and 
the region
;
 
(e) 
rearing systems for 
(e) 
rearing systems for 
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bovine, ovine and caprine 
bovine, ovine and caprine 
animals shall be based on 
animals shall be based on 
maximum use of grazing 
maximum use of grazing 
pasturage according to the 
pasturage according to the 
availability of pastures in the 
availability of pastures in 
different periods of the year. 
the different periods of the 
At least 60 % of the dry matter 
year. At least 60 % of the 
in daily rations of bovine, 
dry matter in daily rations 
ovine and caprine animals 
of bovine, ovine and 
shall consist of roughage, fresh 
caprine animals shall 
or dried fodder, or silage. A 
consist of roughage, fresh 
reduction to 50 % for animals 
or dried fodder, or silage. A 
in dairy production for a 
reduction to 50 % for 
maximum period of three 
animals in dairy production 
months in early lactation shall 
for a maximum period of 
be allowed; 
three months in early 
lactation shall be allowed; 

Amendment 331  
 
 
Annex II ) Part II - point 2.1.2 (1) (f) 
(f) 
all suckling bovine, 
(f) 
all suckling bovine, 
(f) all suckling bovine, ovine and caprine 
ovine and caprine animals 
ovine and caprine animals 
animals shall be fed in preference on maternal 
shall be fed in preference on 
shall be fed in preference 
milk or natural milk for a minimum period of 
maternal milk for a minimum 
on maternal milk for a 
three months for bovine animals and 45 days 
period of three months for 
minimum period of three 
for ovine and caprine animals. 
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bovine animals and 45 days for 
months for bovine animals 
ovine and caprine animals. 
and 45 days for ovine and 
caprine animals. 

2.1.3  Specific housing conditions 
2.1.3. 
Specific housing 
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conditions 
With regard to the housing 
conditions the following rules shall 
With regard to the housing 
apply: 
conditions the following rules 
shall apply: 

(a) 
housing of bovine, ovine 
(a)  housing of bovine, 
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and caprine animals shall have 
ovine and caprine animals 
smooth, but not slippery 
shall have smooth, but not 
floors. At least half of the 
slippery floors. At least half 
indoor surface area as 
of the indoor surface area 
specified in the table on 
as specified in the table on 
minimum surface areas for 
minimum surface areas for 
bovine, ovine and caprine 
bovine, ovine and caprine 
animals set out in point 2.1.4., 
animals set out in point 
shall be solid, that is, not of 
2.1.4., shall be solid, that is, 
slatted or of grid construction; 
not of slatted or of grid 
construction; 

(b) 
the housing shall be 
(b)  the housing shall be 
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provided with a comfortable, 
provided with a 
clean and dry laying/rest area 
comfortable, clean and dry 
of sufficient size, consisting of 
laying/rest area of sufficient 
a solid construction which is 
size, consisting of a solid 
not slatted. Ample dry bedding 
construction which is not 
strewn with litter material shall 
slatted. Ample dry bedding 
be provided in the rest area. 
strewn with litter material 
The litter shall comprise straw 
shall be provided in the rest 
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or other suitable natural 
area. The litter shall 
material. The litter may be 
comprise straw or other 
improved and enriched with 
suitable natural material. 
any mineral product authorised 
The litter may be improved 
as fertiliser or soil conditioner 
and enriched with any 
for use in organic production 
mineral product authorised 
pursuant to Article 19; 
as fertiliser or soil 
conditioner for use in 
organic production 
pursuant to Article 19; 

(c) 
notwithstanding point (a) 
(c) 
notwithstanding point 
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of the first subparagraph of 
(a) of the first 
Article 3(1) and the second 
subparagraph of Article 
subparagraph of Article 3(1) of 
3(1) and the second 
Council Directive 
subparagraph of Article 
2008/119/EC67, the housing of 
3(1) of Council Directive 
calves in individual boxes 
2008/119/EC68, the housing 
shall be forbidden after the age 
of calves in individual boxes 
of one week, unless for 
shall be forbidden after the 
individual animals for a 
age of one week, unless for 
limited period of time, and in 
individual animals for a 
so far as this is justified for 
limited period of time, and 
veterinary reasons. 
in so far as this is justified 
for veterinary reasons. 

Amendment 332  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.1.3 (c) (a) 
                                                 
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Council Directive 2008/119/EC of 18 December 2008 laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves (OJ L 10, 15.1.2009, p. 7). 
68 
Council Directive 2008/119/EC of 18 December 2008 laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves (OJ L 10, 15.1.2009, 
p. 7). 

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(new) 
 
 
(ca) when a calf is treated individually for 
veterinary reasons, it shall be kept in spaces 
that have a solid floor and must be provided 
with straw bedding. The calf should be able to 
turn around easily and to lie down 
comfortably at full length.
 
2.1.4  Stocking density  
2.1.4. 
Stocking density 
Commission proposal unchanged 
The number of bovine, ovine and 
The number of bovine, ovine and 
caprine animals per hectare shall 
caprine animals per hectare shall 
respect the following limits: 
respect the following limits: 
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The minimum surface areas indoors 
The minimum surface areas 
Commission proposal unchanged 
and outdoors and other 
indoors and outdoors and other 
characteristics of housing of bovine, 
characteristics of housing of 
ovine, and caprine animals shall be 
bovine, ovine, and caprine 
as follows: 
animals shall be as follows: 
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2.2  Production of equine animals 
2.2. 
Production of equine 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals 
2.2.1  Conversion 
2.2.1. 
Conversion 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For equine animals and their 
For equine animals and their 
products to be considered organic, 
products to be considered 
the production rules of this 
organic, the production rules of 
Regulation must have been applied 
this Regulation must have been 
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for at least: 
applied for at least: 
(a) 
12 months, for meat 
(a)  12 months, for meat 
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production, and in any case at 
production, and in any case 
least three quarters of their 
at least three quarters of 
lifetime; 
their lifetime; 
(b) 
six months in the case of 
(b)  six months in the case 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals for milk production. 
of animals for milk 
production. 

2.2.2  Nutrition 
2.2.2. 
Nutrition 
Commission proposal unchanged 
With regard to nutrition the 
With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
(a) 
equine animals shall 
(a)  equine animals shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
have access to pasturage for 
have access to pasturage for 
grazing whenever conditions 
grazing whenever 
allow; 
conditions allow; 
(b) 
in cases where equine 
(b)  in cases where equine 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals have access to 
animals have access to 
pasturage during the grazing 
pasturage during the 
period and where the winter-
grazing period and where 
housing system gives freedom 
the winter-housing system 
of movement to the animals, 
gives freedom of movement 
the obligation to provide open 
to the animals, the 
air areas during the winter 
obligation to provide open 
months may be waived; 
air areas during the winter 
months may be waived; 

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Annex II - Part II - point 2.2.2 (c) 
(c) 
except during the period 
(c) 
except during the 
(c) except during the period each year when the 
each year when the animals are 
period each year when the 
animals are under transhumance as mentioned 
under transhumance as 
animals are under 
in point 1.4.2.2., at least 60 % of the feed shall 
mentioned in point 1.4.2.2., at 
transhumance as 
come primarily from the farm itself or, where 
least 90 % of the feed shall 
mentioned in point 1.4.2.2., 
this is not feasible, shall to the extent possible 
come from the farm  itself or 
at least 90 % of the feed 
be produced in cooperation with other organic 
in case this is not feasible, be 
shall come from the farm  
farms established within a radius of 150 km of 
produced in cooperation with 
itself or in case this is not 
the farm itself and be produced in the Union. 
other organic farms in the 
feasible, be produced in 
For the purposes of calculating the distance 
same region
cooperation with other 
in the case of farms located on islands and in 
organic farms in the same 
coastal areas, that part of the distance which 
region; 
consists of stretches of water shall not be 
taken into account. This condition as to 
distance shall not apply to farms in the 
outermost regions.
 
 
 
Local production of organic feed shall be 
encouraged. To that end, Member States may 
increase this percentage depending on the 
availability of organic feed in the farms and 
the region
;
 
Amendment 334  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.2.2 (d) 
(d) 
rearing systems for 
(d)  rearing systems for 
(d) rearing systems for equine animals shall be 
equine animals shall be based 
equine animals shall be 
based on maximum use of grazing pasturage 
on maximum use of grazing 
based on maximum use of 
according to the availability of pastures in the 
pasturage according to the 
grazing pasturage 
different periods of the year. Where higher 
availability of pastures in the 
according to the availability  percentages of roughage are not possible, the 
different periods of the year. 
of pastures in the different 
following minimum rule shall apply whilst 
At least 60 % of the dry matter 
periods of the year. At least 
respecting the nutrition, health and welfare 
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in daily rations of equine 
60 % of the dry matter in 
requirements of the breeds concerned: at least 
animals shall consist of 
daily rations of equine 
60 % of the dry matter in daily rations of 
roughage, fresh or dried 
animals shall consist of 
equine animals shall consist of roughage, fresh 
fodder, or silage; 
roughage, fresh or dried 
or dried fodder, or silage; 
fodder, or silage; 
Amendment 335  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.2.2 (e) 
(e) 
all suckling equine 
(e) 
all suckling equine 
(e) all suckling equine animals shall be fed in 
animals shall be fed in 
animals shall be fed in 
preference on maternal milk suckled directly 
preference on maternal milk
preference on maternal 
from the mother until the natural time of 
for a minimum period of three 
milk, for a minimum period  weaning. 
months
of three months. 
2.2.3  Specific housing conditions 
2.2.3. 
Specific housing 
Commission proposal unchanged 
conditions 
With regard to the housing 
conditions the following rules shall 
With regard to the housing 
apply: 
conditions the following rules 
shall apply: 

(a) 
housing of equine 
(a)  housing of equine 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals shall have smooth, but 
animals shall have smooth, 
not slippery floors. At least 
but not slippery floors. At 
half of the indoor surface area 
least half of the indoor 
as specified in the table on 
surface area as specified in 
minimum surface areas for 
the table on minimum 
equine animals set out in point 
surface areas for equine 
2.2.4., shall be solid, that is, 
animals set out in point 
not of slatted or of grid 
2.2.4., shall be solid, that is, 
construction; 
not of slatted or of grid 
construction; 

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(b) 
the housing shall be 
(b)  the housing shall be 
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provided with a comfortable, 
provided with a 
clean and dry laying/rest area 
comfortable, clean and dry 
of sufficient size, consisting of 
laying/rest area of sufficient 
a solid construction which is 
size, consisting of a solid 
not slatted. Ample dry bedding 
construction which is not 
strewn with litter material shall 
slatted. Ample dry bedding 
be provided in the rest area. 
strewn with litter material 
The litter shall comprise straw 
shall be provided in the rest 
or other suitable natural 
area. The litter shall 
material. The litter may be 
comprise straw or other 
improved and enriched with 
suitable natural material. 
any mineral product authorised 
The litter may be improved 
as fertiliser or soil conditioner 
and enriched with any 
for use in organic production 
mineral product authorised 
pursuant to Article 19. 
as fertiliser or soil 
conditioner for use in 
organic production 
pursuant to Article 19. 

2.2.4  Stocking density 
2.2.4. 
Stocking density 
Commission proposal unchanged 
The number of equine animals per 
The number of equine animals 
hectare shall respect the following 
per hectare shall respect the 
limit: 
following limit: 
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The minimum surface areas indoors 
The minimum surface areas 
Commission proposal unchanged 
and outdoors and other 
indoors and outdoors and other 
characteristics of housing equine 
characteristics of housing equine 
animals shall be as follows: 
animals shall be as follows:  
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Amendment 336  
 
 
Annex II - part II - point 2.2 (a) 
(new) 
 
 
2.2a. Production of rabbits 
 
 
2.2a.1. Conversion 
 
 
In order for rabbits and their products to be 
considered organic, the production rules laid 
down by this Regulation must have been 
applied for at least 12 months. 

 
 
2.2a.2. Nutrition 
 
 
With regard to nutrition, the following rules 
shall apply: 

 
 
(a) rabbits shall have access to pasturage for 
grazing whenever conditions allow; 

 
 
(b) rearing systems for rabbits shall be based 
on maximum use of grazing pasturage 
according to the availability of pastures in the 
different periods of the year; 

 
 
(c) fibrous food such as straw and/or hay must 
be provided when grass is not sufficient. 
Forage shall comprise at least 60% of the diet; 

 
 
(d) in the case of rabbits, at least 60 % of the 
feed shall come from the farm unit itself or, 
where this is not feasible, shall be produced in 

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cooperation with other organic farms in the 
same region; 

 
 
(e) rabbits must be fed with natural milk until 
weaning at a minimum age of four weeks. 

 
 
2.2a.3. Specific housing conditions 
 
 
With regard to housing conditions, the 
following rules shall apply: 

 
 
(a) all rabbits shall be kept in groups. Where 
does are kept individually to protect their 
welfare, they must be able to contact each 
other or a buck through the wire at the side of 
the pen (i.e. if in moveable pens, two need to 
be placed next to each other). Bucks must be 
able to make similar contact with a doe; 

 
 
(b) farms shall use robust breeds adapted to 
outdoor conditions; 

 
 
(c) the housing shall be provided with a 
comfortable, clean and dry laying/rest area of 
sufficient size, consisting of a solid 
construction which is not slatted. Ample dry 
bedding strewn with litter material shall be 
provided in the rest area. The litter shall 
comprise straw or other suitable natural 
material. The litter may be improved and 
enriched with any mineral product authorised 
as fertiliser or soil conditioner for use in 
organic production pursuant to Article 19; 

 
 
(d) all rabbits shall have access to: 
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(i) covered shelter including dark hiding 
places with a minimum area of 0,4 m2 having 
a minimum height of 60 cm; 

 
 
(ii) an outdoor run with vegetation, preferably 
pasture, with a minimum area of 5 m2 (or a 
minimum length of 1,8 m and a minimum 
area of 2,4 m2 for mobile runs).; 

 
 
(iii) a raised platform on which they can sit, 
either inside or out; 

 
 
(iv) nesting material for all nursing does. 
 
 
2.2a.4. Stocking density 
 
 
The number of rabbits per hectare shall 
respect the following limits: 

 
 
Class or species 
Maximum number of animals per ha 
equivalent to 170 kg N/ha/year 

 
 
Does and their offspring 
25 
 
 
Growing rabbits 
100 
 
 
Bucks 
25 
 
 
The minimum surface areas indoors and 
outdoors and other characteristics of housing 
of rabbits shall be as follows: 

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(a) minimum space inside per rabbit 
(including those kept in mobile pens): 

 
 
(i) adult rabbits including bucks, gestating 
and nursing does: 0,4 m2; 

 
 
(ii) fattening rabbits: 0,15 m2; 
 
 
(b) minimum space outside per rabbit 
(excluding those kept in mobile pens): 

 
 
(i) adult rabbits including, bucks, gestating 
and nursing does: 5 m2; 

 
 
(ii) fattening rabbits: 5 m2; 
 
 
(c) minimum space outside per rabbit in the 
case of rabbits kept in mobile pens: 

 
 
(i) adult rabbits including bucks, gestating 
and nursing does: 5 m2; 

 
 
(ii) fattening rabbits: 0.4 m2. 
2.3  Production of porcine animals 
2.3. 
Production of porcine 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals 
2.3.1  Conversion 
2.3.1. 
Conversion 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For porcine animals and their 
For porcine animals and their 
products to be considered organic, 
products to be considered 
the production rules of this 
organic, the production rules of 
Regulation must have been applied 
this Regulation must have been 
for at least six months. 
applied for at least six months. 
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2.3.2. 
Nutrition 
Commission proposal unchanged 
With regard to nutrition the 
With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
Amendment 337  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.2 (a) 
(a) 
at least 60 % of the feed 
(a)  at least 60 % of the 
(a) at least 30 % of the feed shall come 
shall come from the farm itself 
feed shall come from the 
primarily from the farm itself or, where this is 
or in case this is not feasible, 
farm itself or in case this is 
not feasible, shall to the extent possible be 
be produced in the same 
not feasible, be produced in  produced in cooperation with other organic 
region in cooperation with 
the same region in 
farms established within a radius of 150 km of 
other organic farms or feed 
cooperation with other 
the farm itself and be produced in the Union. 
operators; 
organic farms or feed 
For the purposes of calculating the distance 
operators; 
in the case of farms located on islands and in 
coastal areas, that part of the distance which 
consists of stretches of water shall not be 
taken into account. This condition as to 
distance shall not apply to farms in the 
outermost regions.
 
 
 
Local production of organic feed shall be 
encouraged. To that end, Member States may 
increase this percentage depending on the 
availability of organic feed in the farms and 
the region
;
 
(b) 
all suckling porcine 
(b)  all suckling porcine 
Commission proposal unchanged 
animals shall be fed in 
animals shall be fed in 
preference on maternal milk, 
preference on maternal 
for a minimum period of 40 
milk, for a minimum period 
days; 
of 40 days; 
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(c) 
roughage, fresh or dried 
(c) 
roughage, fresh or 
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fodder, or silage shall be added 
dried fodder, or silage shall 
to the daily ration for pigs. 
be added to the daily ration 
for pigs. 

Amendment 338  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.2 (c) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
(ca) in order to meet the essential nutritional 
requirements of organic porcine animals, 
particularly as regards proteins and essential 
amino acids, and where it is impossible for the 
farmer to obtain protein-rich raw materials 
derived solely from organic feed production, 
the use of limited proportion of non-organic 
protein-rich materials shall be authorised for 
porcine animals and poultry.
 
 
 
The maximum percentage of non-organic 
protein-rich materials for animal feed 
authorised over a twelve-month period for 
these species shall be 5 %. 

 
 
The figures shall be calculated each year as a 
percentage of dried fodder of agricultural 
origin. 

2.3.3  Specific housing conditions 
2.3.3. 
Specific housing 
Commission proposal unchanged 
conditions 
With regard to the housing 
conditions the following rules shall 
With regard to the housing 
apply: 
conditions the following rules 
shall apply: 

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(a) 
housing of porcine 
(a)  housing of porcine 
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animals shall have smooth, but 
animals shall have smooth, 
not slippery floors. At least 
but not slippery floors. At 
half of the indoor surface area 
least half of the indoor 
as specified in the table on 
surface area as specified in 
minimum surface areas for 
the table on minimum 
porcine animals set out in 
surface areas for porcine 
point 2.3.4., shall be solid, that 
animals set out in point 
is, not of slatted or of grid 
2.3.4., shall be solid, that is, 
construction; 
not of slatted or of grid 
construction; 

(b) 
the housing of porcine 
(b)  the housing of porcine  Commission proposal unchanged 
animals shall be provided with 
animals shall be provided 
a comfortable, clean and dry 
with a comfortable, clean 
laying/rest area of sufficient 
and dry laying/rest area of 
size, consisting of a solid 
sufficient size, consisting of 
construction which is not 
a solid construction which 
slatted. Ample dry bedding 
is not slatted. Ample dry 
strewn with litter material shall 
bedding strewn with litter 
be provided in the rest area. 
material shall be provided 
The litter shall comprise straw 
in the rest area. The litter 
or other suitable natural 
shall comprise straw or 
material. The litter may be 
other suitable natural 
improved and enriched with 
material. The litter may be 
any mineral product authorised 
improved and enriched 
as fertiliser or soil conditioner 
with any mineral product 
for use in organic production 
authorised as fertiliser or 
pursuant to Article 19; 
soil conditioner for use in 
organic production 
pursuant to Article 19; 

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Amendment 339 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.3 (b) (a) (new) 
 
 
(ba) there shall always be a straw bed large 
enough to ensure that all pigs in a pen can lie 
down at the same time in the most space-
consuming way;
 
Amendment 340  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.3 (c) 
(c) 
sows shall be kept in 
(c) 
sows shall be kept in 
(c) sows shall be kept in groups, except in the 
groups, except in the last 
groups, except in the last 
last stages of pregnancy and during the 
stages of pregnancy and during 
stages of pregnancy and 
suckling period, during which time the sow 
the suckling period; 
during the suckling period; 
shall be able to move freely in her pen and 
shall only be tethered for short times
. 
 
 
Without prejudice to any additional 
requirements for straw, a few days before 
expected farrowing, sows must be provided 
with a quantity of straw or other suitable 
natural material sufficient to enable them to 
build nests;
 
(d) 
piglets shall not be kept 
(d)  piglets shall not be 
Commission proposal unchanged 
on flat decks or in piglet cages; 
kept on flat decks or in 
piglet cages; 

(e) 
exercise areas shall 
(e) 
exercise areas shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
permit dunging and rooting by 
permit dunging and rooting 
porcine animals. For the 
by porcine animals. For the 
purposes of rooting different 
purposes of rooting 
substrates can be used. 
different substrates can be 
used. 

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2.3.4  Stocking density 
2.3.4. 
Stocking density 
Commission proposal unchanged 
The number of porcine animals per 
The number of porcine animals 
hectare shall respect the following 
per hectare shall respect the 
limits: 
following limits: 
Amendment 341  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.4 (1) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
The size of pig production units shall be 
limited in all cases to 1 500 slaughter pigs per 
year or 200 sows or their equivalent in the 
case of farrowing-fattening units. These 
maximum figures for each production unit 
may be exceeded where 100 % of the feed is 
produced on the holding.
 
Amendment 342  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.3.4 (2) - 
table 
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The minimum surface areas indoors 
The minimum surface areas 
Commission proposal unchanged 
and outdoors and other 
indoors and outdoors and other 
characteristics for housing porcine 
characteristics for housing 
animals shall be as follows: 
porcine animals shall be as 
follows: 

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2.4 
Production of poultry 
2.4. 
Production of poultry 
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2.4.1  Conversion 
2.4.1. 
Conversion 
Commission proposal unchanged 
For poultry and their products to be 
For poultry and their products to 
considered organic, the production 
be considered organic, the 
rules of this Regulation must have 
production rules of this 
been applied for at least: 
Regulation must have been 
applied for at least: 

(a) 
10 weeks for poultry for 
(a)  10 weeks for poultry 
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meat production, brought in 
for meat production, 
before they are three days old; 
brought in before they are 
three days old; 

(b) 
six weeks in the case of 
(b)  six weeks in the case 
Commission proposal unchanged 
poultry for egg production. 
of poultry for egg 
production. 

2.4.2  Origin of poultry 
2.4.2. 
Origin of poultry 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Amendment 343  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.2 - 
introductory part 
Poultry shall either be reared until 
Poultry shall either be reared 
Poultry for meat production must be derived 
they reach a minimum age or else 
until they reach a 
from slow-growing poultry strains adapted for 
shall come from slow-growing 
minimum age or else 
outdoor rearing, as defined by the competent 
poultry strains as defined by the 
shall come from slow-
authority. 
competent authority. Where slow-
growing poultry strains 
growing poultry strains are not used 
as defined by the 
by the farmer the minimum age at 
competent authority. 
slaughter shall be as follows: 
Where slow-growing 
poultry strains are not 
used by the farmer the 

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minimum age at 
slaughter shall be as 
follows: 

 
 
Poultry shall come from slow-growing poultry 
strains which meet set limited daily growth 
rates that are compatible with the minimum 
rearing ages for each species. The 
Commission shall establish those growth rates 
in accordance with Article 11(2).
 
 
 
Where slow-growing poultry is not available, 
competent authorities shall, by way of 
exception, authorise the use of poultry
 reared 
until they reach a minimum age as defined by 
the competent authority. 
Where slow-growing 
poultry strains are not used by the farmer the 
minimum age at slaughter shall be as follows: 
(a) 
81 days for chickens; 
(a)  81 days for chickens; 
Commission proposal unchanged 
(b) 
150 days for capons; 
(b)  150 days for capons; 
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(c) 
49 days for Peking 
(c) 
49 days for Peking 
Commission proposal unchanged 
ducks; 
ducks; 
(d) 
70 days for female 
(d)  70 days for female 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Muscovy ducks; 
Muscovy ducks; 
(e) 
84 days for male 
(e) 
84 days for male 
Commission proposal unchanged 
Muscovy ducks; 
Muscovy ducks; 
(f) 
92 days for Mallard 
(f) 
92 days for Mallard 
Commission proposal unchanged 
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ducks; 
ducks; 
(g) 
94 days for guinea fowl; 
(g)  94 days for guinea 
Commission proposal unchanged 
fowl; 
Amendment 344  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.2 (h) 
(h) 
140 days for male 
(h)  140 days for male 
(h) 140 days for male and female turkeys and 
turkeys and roasting geese; 
turkeys and roasting geese; 
roasting geese sold whole; and 
and 
and 
Amendment 345  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.2 (i) 
(i) 
100 days for female 
(i) 
100 days for female 
(i) 98 days for female turkeys intended for 
turkeys. 
turkeys. 
cutting and 126 days for male turkeys 
intended for cutting
. 
Amendment 346  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.2 (1) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
Laying hens must be derived from strains 
adapted to outdoor rearing.
 
2.4.3  Nutrition  
2.4.3. 
Nutrition 
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With regard to nutrition the 
With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
Amendment 347  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.3 (a) 
(a) 
at least 60 % of the feed 
(a)  at least 60 % of the 
(a) at least 30 % of the feed shall come 
primarily from the farm itself or, where this is 
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shall come from the farm itself 
feed shall come from the 
not feasible, shall to the extent possible be 
or in case this is not feasible, 
farm itself or in case this is 
produced in cooperation with other organic 
be produced in the same 
not feasible, be produced in  farms established within a radius of 150 km of 
region in cooperation with 
the same region in 
the farm itself and be produced in the Union. 
other organic farms or feed 
cooperation with other 
For the purposes of calculating the distance 
operators
organic farms or feed 
in the case of farms located on islands and in 
operators; 
coastal areas, that part of the distance which 
consists of stretches of water shall not be 
taken into account. This condition as to 
distance shall not apply to farms in the 
outermost regions.
 
 
 
Local production of organic feed shall be 
encouraged. To that end, Member States may 
increase this percentage depending on the 
availability of organic feed in the farms and 
the region
;
 
(b) 
roughage, fresh or dried 
(b)  roughage, fresh or 
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fodder, or silage shall be added 
dried fodder, or silage shall 
to the daily ration. 
be added to the daily 
ration. 

2.4.4  Specific housing conditions 
2.4.4. 
Specific housing 
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conditions 
With regard to the housing 
conditions the following rules shall 
With regard to the housing 
apply: 
conditions the following rules 
shall apply: 

(a) 
poultry shall not be kept 
(a)  poultry shall not be 
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in cages; 
kept in cages; 
(b) 
water fowl shall have 
(b)  water fowl shall have 
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access to a stream, pond, lake 
access to a stream, pond, 
or a pool whenever the 
lake or a pool whenever the 
weather and hygienic 
weather and hygienic 
conditions permit in order to 
conditions permit in order 
respect their species-specific 
to respect their species-
needs and animal welfare 
specific needs and animal 
requirements; when weather 
welfare requirements; 
conditions do not permit, they 
when weather conditions do 
shall have access to water 
not permit, they shall have 
which enables them to dip 
access to water which 
their head therein so as to 
enables them to dip their 
clean plumage; 
head therein so as to clean 
plumage; 

Amendment 348  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.4 (c) 
(c) 
poultry shall have access 
(c) 
poultry shall have 
(c) poultry shall have access to an open air area 
to an open air area for at least 
access to an open air area 
for at least one third of their life. Open air areas 
one third of their life. Open air 
for at least one third of 
for poultry shall be mainly covered with 
areas for poultry shall be 
their life. Open air areas 
vegetation; 
mainly covered with 
for poultry shall be mainly 
vegetation and be provided 
covered with vegetation and 
with protective facilities and 
be provided with protective 
permit fowl to have easy 
facilities and permit fowl to 
access to adequate numbers 
have easy access to 
of drinking troughs
adequate numbers of 
drinking troughs; 

(d) 
where poultry are kept 
(d)  where poultry are 
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indoors due to restrictions or 
kept indoors due to 
obligations imposed on the 
restrictions or obligations 
basis of Union legislation, they 
imposed on the basis of 
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shall permanently have access 
Union legislation, they shall 
to sufficient quantities of 
permanently have access to 
roughage and suitable material 
sufficient quantities of 
in order to meet their 
roughage and suitable 
ethological needs; 
material in order to meet 
their ethological needs; 

Amendment 349  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.4 (d) (a) 
(new) 
 
 
(da) the total usable surface area of poultry 
buildings for fattening poultry of any 
production unit shall not exceed 1 600 m²;
 
Amendment 350  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.4 (d) 
(b) (new) 
 
 
(db) the total number of laying hens shall not 
exceed 12 000 hens in a production unit. Not 
more than 3 000 laying hens shall be allowed 
in one poultry house. For young poultry, 
specific rules shall apply; 

(e) 
buildings for all poultry 
(e) 
buildings for all 
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shall meet the following 
poultry shall meet the 
conditions: 
following conditions: 
(i) 
at least one third of 
(i) at least one third of 
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the floor area shall be 
the floor area shall be 
solid, that is, not of slatted 
solid, that is, not of 
or of grid construction, 
slatted or of grid 
and covered with a litter 
construction, and 
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material such as straw, 
covered with a litter 
wood shavings, sand or 
material such as straw, 
turf; 
wood shavings, sand or 
turf; 

(ii)  in poultry houses for 
(ii) 
in poultry houses  Commission proposal unchanged 
laying hens, a sufficiently 
for laying hens, a 
large part of the floor area 
sufficiently large part of 
available to the hens shall 
the floor area available 
be available for the 
to the hens shall be 
collection of bird 
available for the 
droppings; 
collection of bird 
droppings; 

(iii) 
poultry shall have 
(iii) 
poultry shall 
Commission proposal unchanged 
perches of a size and 
have perches of a size 
number commensurate 
and number 
with the size of the group 
commensurate with the 
and of the birds as laid 
size of the group and of 
down in the table on the 
the birds as laid down in 
minimum surface areas 
the table on the 
indoors and outdoors and 
minimum surface areas 
other characteristics of 
indoors and outdoors 
housing for poultry 
and other characteristics 
production set out in point 
of housing for poultry 
2.4.5.; 
production set out in 
point 2.4.5.; 

(iv) 
the external 
(iv) 
the external 
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boundary of the house, i.e. 
boundary of the house, 
including a possible 
i.e. including a possible 
veranda, shall have 
veranda, shall have 
exit/entry pop-holes of a 
exit/entry pop-holes of a 
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size adequate for the birds, 
size adequate for the 
and those pop-holes shall 
birds, and those pop-
have a combined length of 
holes shall have a 
at least 4 m per 100 m² 
combined length of at 
area of the house available 
least 4 m per 100 m² area 
to the birds. Where a 
of the house available to 
veranda is present, the 
the birds. Where a 
internal pop-holes 
veranda is present, the 
between the house and the 
internal pop-holes 
veranda shall have a 
between the house and 
combined length of 2 m 
the veranda shall have a 
per 100 m² area of the 
combined length of 2 m 
house. Twenty-four hour 
per 100 m² area of the 
access to the veranda must 
house. Twenty-four hour 
be allowed; 
access to the veranda 
must be allowed; 

(v) 
poultry houses 
(v) 
poultry houses 
Commission proposal unchanged 
shall be constructed in a 
shall be constructed in a 
manner allowing all birds 
manner allowing all 
easy access to open air 
birds easy access to open 
area, i.e. the maximum 
air area, i.e. the 
distance from any point 
maximum distance from 
within the house to the 
any point within the 
nearest external pop-hole 
house to the nearest 
shall not be more than 15 
external pop-hole shall 
m; 
not be more than 15 m; 
(vi) 
multi-layer 
(vi) 
multi-layer 
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systems shall have no 
systems shall have no 
more than three levels of 
more than three levels of 
usable area including the 
usable area including the 
ground floor. There shall 
ground floor. There shall 
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be no more than 1 m 
be no more than 1 m 
between levels or 
between levels or 
intermediate areas, such as 
intermediate areas, such 
nesting areas. Higher tiers 
as nesting areas. Higher 
shall be capable of having 
tiers shall be capable of 
manure removed by an 
having manure removed 
automated system; 
by an automated system; 
(f) 
natural light may be 
(f) 
natural light may be 
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supplemented by artificial 
supplemented by artificial 
means to provide a maximum 
means to provide a 
of 16 hours light per day with 
maximum of 16 hours light 
a continuous nocturnal rest 
per day with a continuous 
period without artificial light 
nocturnal rest period 
of at least eight hours; 
without artificial light of at 
least eight hours; 

(g) 
buildings shall be 
(g)  buildings shall be 
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emptied of livestock between 
emptied of livestock 
each batch of poultry reared. 
between each batch of 
The buildings and fittings shall 
poultry reared. The 
be cleaned and disinfected 
buildings and fittings shall 
during this time. In addition, 
be cleaned and disinfected 
when the rearing of each batch 
during this time. In 
of poultry has been completed, 
addition, when the rearing 
runs shall be left empty during 
of each batch of poultry has 
a period to be established by 
been completed, runs shall 
the Member States in order to 
be left empty during a 
allow vegetation to grow back. 
period to be established by 
These requirements shall not 
the Member States in order 
apply where poultry are not 
to allow vegetation to grow 
reared in batches, are not kept 
back. These requirements 
in runs and are free to roam, 
shall not apply where 
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throughout the day. 
poultry are not reared in 
batches, are not kept in 
runs and are free to roam, 
throughout the day. 

Amendment 351  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.5 - title 
2.4.5  Stocking density 
2.4.5. 
Stocking density 
2.4.5. Manure 
Amendment 352  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.5 (1) - 
introductory part 
The maximum number of animals 
The maximum number of 
The maximum quantity of manure spread per 
per hectare shall respect the 
animals per hectare shall  hectare must comply with the limit of 170 kg 
following limits: 
respect the following 
of organic nitrogen per year and per hectare 
limits: 
of agricultural area. For this reason, the 
maximum number of animals per hectare shall 
respect the following limits or be calculated on 
the basis of corresponding national provisions 
adopted pursuant to the implementation of 
Directive 91/676/EEC
: 
See table 
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Amendment 353  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.5 (2) 
The minimum surface area indoors 
The minimum surface area 
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and outdoors and other 
indoors and outdoors and other 
characteristics of housing for birds 
characteristics of housing for 
of the species Gallus gallus shall be 
birds of the species Gallus gallus 
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as follows: 
shall be as follows: 
See table 
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See Annex 2 to the Annex 
Amendment 354  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.5 (3) 
The minimum surface areas indoors 
The minimum surface areas 
Commission proposal unchanged 
and outdoors and other 
indoors and outdoors and other 
characteristics of housing for birds 
characteristics of housing for 
of species other than Gallus gallus 
birds of species other than Gallus 
shall be as follows: 
gallus shall be as follows: 
See table 
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See Annex 3 to the Annex 
2.4.6  Access to open air areas 
2.4.6. 
Access to open air areas 
Commission proposal unchanged 
With regard to access to open air 
With regard to access to open air 
areas the following rules shall apply:  areas the following rules shall 
apply: 
Amendment 355  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.6 (a) 
(a) 
poultry shall have access 
(a)  poultry shall have 
(a) laying hens and finisher poultry shall have 
to an open air area for at least 
access to an open air area 
access to an open air area for at least one third 
one third of their life. In 
for at least one third of 
of their life, except in the case of temporary 
particular, continuous 
their life. In particular, 
restrictions imposed on the basis of Union 
daytime open air access shall 
continuous daytime open 
legislation; 
be provided from as early an 
air access shall be provided 
age as practically possible, 
from as early an age as 
whenever physiological and 
practically possible, 
physical conditions allow, 
whenever physiological and 
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except in the case of temporary 
physical conditions allow, 
restrictions imposed on the 
except in the case of 
basis of Union legislation; 
temporary restrictions 
imposed on the basis of 
Union legislation; 

Amendment 356  
 
 
Annex II - Part II - point 2.4.6 (b) 
(b) 
open air areas for poultry 
(b)  open air areas for 
(b) open air areas for poultry shall be mainly 
shall be mainly covered with 
poultry shall be mainly 
covered with vegetation. The vegetation on the 
vegetation composed of a 
covered with vegetation 
open-air area must be harvested and removed at 
diverse range of plants and be 
composed of a diverse 
regular intervals to reduce the potential for 
provided with protective 
range of plants and be 
nutrient surpluses. The open air areas shall not 
facilities and permit fowl to 
provided with protective 
extend beyond a radius of 150 m from the 
have easy access to adequate 
facilities and permit fowl to 
nearest pop-hole of the poultry house. However 
numbers of drinking troughs
have easy access to 
an extension of up to 350 m from the nearest 
The vegetation on the open-air 
adequate numbers of 
pop-hole of the poultry house is permissible 
area must be harvested and 
drinking troughs. The 
provided that a sufficient number of shelters or 
removed at regular intervals to 
vegetation on the open-air 
shrubs/foliage are evenly distributed 
reduce the potential for 
area must be harvested and  throughout the whole open-air area with at least 
nutrient surpluses. The open 
removed at regular 
four shelters or groves per hectare; 
air areas shall not extend 
intervals to reduce the 
beyond a radius of 150 m from 
potential for nutrient 
the nearest pop-hole of the 
surpluses. The open air 
poultry house. However an 
areas shall not extend 
extension of up to 350 m from 
beyond a radius of 150 m 
the nearest pop-hole of the 
from the nearest pop-hole 
poultry house is permissible 
of the poultry house. 
provided that a sufficient 
However an extension of up 
number of shelters and 
to 350 m from the nearest 
drinking troughs are evenly 
pop-hole of the poultry 
distributed throughout the 
house is permissible 
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whole open-air area with at 
provided that a sufficient 
least four shelters per hectare; 
number of shelters and 
drinking troughs are evenly 
distributed throughout the 
whole open-air area with at 
least four shelters per 
hectare; 

(c) 
under conditions where 
(c) 
under conditions where feed  Commission proposal unchanged 
feed availability from the 
availability from the range area 
range area is limited, due for 
is limited, due for instance to long 
instance to long term snow 
term snow cover or arid weather 
cover or arid weather 
conditions, supplementary 
conditions, supplementary 
feeding of roughage must be 
feeding of roughage must be 
included as part of poultry diets;  
included as part of poultry 
diets; 
(d) 
where poultry are kept 
(d)  where poultry are 
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indoors due to restrictions or 
kept indoors due to 
obligations imposed on the 
restrictions or obligations 
basis of Union legislation, they 
imposed on the basis of 
shall permanently have access 
Union legislation, they shall 
to sufficient quantities of 
permanently have access to 
roughage and suitable material 
sufficient quantities of 
in order to meet their 
roughage and suitable 
ethological needs. 
material in order to meet 
their ethological needs. 

2.4.7  Animal welfare 
2.4.7. 
Animal welfare 
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Live plucking of poultry shall be 
Live plucking of poultry shall be 
prohibited. 
prohibited. 
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2.5  Beekeeping 
2.5. 
Beekeeping 
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2.5.1  Conversion 
2.5.1. 
Conversion 
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Beekeeping products may be sold 
Beekeeping products may be sold 
with references to organic 
with references to organic 
production only when the organic 
production only when the organic 
production rules set out in this 
production rules set out in this 
Regulation have been complied with  Regulation have been complied 
for at least one year. 
with for at least one year. 
During the conversion period the 
During the conversion period the 
wax shall be replaced with wax 
wax shall be replaced with wax 
coming from organic beekeeping. 
coming from organic beekeeping. 
2.5.2  Origin of bees 
2.5.2. 
Origin of bees 
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Preference shall be given to the use 
Preference shall be given to the 
of Apis mellifera and their local 
use of Apis mellifera and their 
ecotypes. 
local ecotypes. 
2.5.3  Nutrition 
2.5.3. 
Nutrition 
Commission proposal unchanged 
With regard to nutrition the 
With regard to nutrition the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
(a) 
at the end of the 
(a)  at the end of the 
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production season hives shall 
production season hives 
be left with sufficient reserves 
shall be left with sufficient 
of honey and pollen to survive 
reserves of honey and 
the winter; 
pollen to survive the 
winter;  

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(b) 
the feeding of bee 
(b)  the feeding of bee 
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colonies shall only be 
colonies shall only be 
permitted where the survival 
permitted where the 
of the hives is endangered due 
survival of the hives is 
to climatic conditions. Feeding 
endangered due to climatic 
shall be with organic honey, 
conditions. Feeding shall be 
organic sugar syrups, or 
with organic honey, organic 
organic sugar. 
sugar syrups, or organic 
sugar. 

2.5.4  Specific rules on disease 
2.5.4. Specific rules on disease 
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prevention and veterinary treatment 
prevention and veterinary 
in beekeeping 
treatment in beekeeping 
With regard to disease prevention 
With regard to disease prevention 
and veterinary treatment the 
and veterinary treatment the 
following rules shall apply: 
following rules shall apply: 
 
(a) 
for the purposes of 
(a)  for the purposes of 
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protecting frames, hives and 
protecting frames, hives 
combs, in particular from 
and combs, in particular 
pests, only rodenticides (to be 
from pests, only 
used only in traps), and 
rodenticides (to be used 
appropriate products 
only in traps), and 
authorised for use in organic 
appropriate products 
production pursuant to Article 
authorised for use in 
19 shall be permitted; 
organic production 
pursuant to Article 19 shall 
be permitted; 

(b) 
physical treatments for 
(b)  physical treatments 
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disinfection of apiaries such as 
for disinfection of apiaries 
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steam or direct flame shall be 
such as steam or direct 
permitted; 
flame shall be permitted; 
(c) 
the practice of destroying 
(c) 
the practice of 
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the male brood shall be 
destroying the male brood 
permitted only to isolate the 
shall be permitted only to 
infestation of Varroa 
isolate the infestation of 
destructor; 
Varroa destructor; 
(d) 
if despite all preventive 
(d)  if despite all 
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measures, the colonies become 
preventive measures, the 
sick or infested, they shall be 
colonies become sick or 
treated immediately and, if 
infested, they shall be 
necessary, the colonies may be 
treated immediately and, if 
placed in isolation apiaries; 
necessary, the colonies may 
be placed in isolation 
apiaries; 

(e) 
formic acid, lactic acid,