Standards

The Soil Association organic standards have the EU organic regulation as their baseline. In many cases the standards are more robust than those set by EU regulations - in fact, no system of farming has higher levels of animal welfare standards than organic farms working to our standards.

Soil Association organic standards 2014 version 17.2 (updated June 2014)

Soil Association organic standards 2012 version 16.5

Soil Association organic standards 2014 annexes

Guide to meeting the Soil Association packaging standards

European organic regulations

National Organic Program (NOP)

Canadian Organic Regime (COR)

News and updates

Consultations - have your say

Our standards are set by independent committees made up of Soil Association Certification licensees, industry representatives and consumers. We'll consult you on any changes that will affect your business and the wider industry. In this way, Soil Association organic standards deal with real issues, while maintaining the integrity we've all worked hard to establish. Find out more by visiting the Soil Association consultations pages:

Symbol use

The symbol application is controlled through specific guidelines provided in chapter two of our organic standards. We have provided a comprehensive summary of these guidelines.

image "I arrived at the bare field of Primrose farm in 1985, gained the Soil Association symbol in 1986 and began farming organically to assess whether I could disprove the view of the time that organics could not achieve high output or superior quality."...
 
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