What is equivalence?

Through our equivalence programme we certify imported products and ingredients already certified to other organic standards. This re-certification (without further inspection) allows licence holders to use the Soil Association symbol on such products, providing they meet all our additional product requirements and are compliant with all national legislation. This process also establishes differences between our standards and other key international standards, like the EU organic regulation.

It is not feasible to check all aspects of our standards at source. However, through our equivalence process we will check each product against key standards areas we consider most important to the integrity of the Soil Association organic symbol. The full details of equivalence are available in the

If you would like a contract with us, wish to extend the scope of your existing contract or discuss any of these issues, please do get in touch.

Andrew Bayliss
Senior Technical Officer - Equivalence
E: abayliss@soilassociation.org
T: +44 (0)117 987 4597

Helen Davies
Technical Officer - Equivalence
E: hdavies@soilassociation.org
T: +44 (0)117 987 4609

image "We have always been 100% certified organic with the Soil Association because we felt strongly that we did not want to try and improve people's health but damage the planet's in the process. So an organic business was the only way."
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