THE IFOAM FAMILY OF STANDARDS
Latest update: July 29, 2016
The Family of Standards is the core of the IFOAM Organic Guarantee System and contains all standards officially endorsed as organic by the Organic Movement. IFOAM – Organics International recommends to any program that relies on "organic" products or ingredients to consider referencing the IFOAM Family of Standards as a criterion for what constitute a trustworthy organic standard.
Programs listed in this new frame require that products be certified to a standard approved in the IFOAM Family of Standards. Those programs are therefore considered by the organic movement as having a sound and credible criterion to ensure organic integrity of products accepted under their program, from the standard point of view.
THE FAMILY OF STANDARDS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
In view of the multitude of organic standards worldwide, the IFOAM Family of Standards serves the following purposes:
- Draws the line between credible organic and non-organic standards (and also inadequately written organic standards), while acknowledging the need for diversity and local adaptation of organic standards.
- Improves transparency and public understanding about the differences between different organic standards.
- Facilitates equivalence agreements between organic standards and regulations, including unilateral, bilateral and multilateral equivalence agreements.
logo in relation to the standard. Standards and regulations can be further promoted by subscribing to the promotion package (see fee scheme). To read about the conditions of the use of the logo, click here.Approval in the Family entitles standards to the use of a specific