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 2013 version 17.0 (updated October 2013)
Soil Association organic standards 2012 version 16.6 (updated April 2012)
Soil Association organic standards 2012 version 16.5
* For further information about the COSMOS standards, click here
Soil Association organic standards 2011 version 16.4 (updated June 2011)
Guide to meeting the Soil Association packaging standards
European organic regulations
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:
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.