IFOAM official comments on other standards and regulations

IFOAM comments on selected normative or political processes with a view to promote the improvement of technical and political frameworks that impact the development of the organic sector. In developing its official comments, IFOAM relies on any or a combination of the following:

  • its existing official positions and policy briefs,
  • the expertise of its staff, World Board members and network of experts,
  • membership consultations,
  • the content of the COROS (part of IFOAM Norms 2012),
  • consolidated positions developed by its regional or sector-specific internal structures.

This page provides an overview of the recent official comments related to the topic of regulations, standards and guarantee systems.

Official IFOAM comments on Group Certification (comments to the USDA in 2008-2009): to learn more, click here.

Official comments submitted in 2010:

  • Comment (Part 1) and (Part 2) ( on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
  • Comment on the draft CARICOM organic standard,
  • Comment on the Central American draft standard.
  • Comment on the Philippines organic agriculture law and draft implementing rules and regulations.

Official comments submitted in 2011:

  • New comment on the draft CARICOM organic standard
  • Comment on the Peruvian draft technical regulation for organic production.

Official comments submitted in 2012:

  • Comment on the Indonesian draft organic regulation

In addition to those official comments, IFOAM staff and World Board members provide frequent more informal inputs into draft standards, policies and strategic plans upon requests from governments or the private sector.

IFOAM also published general recommendations for governments and guarantee system actors, in various publications, and especially in "Building trust” (a guide to developing a certification system), “Building sustainable organic sectors” (a guide for national organic movements to contribute and advocate for conditions that will favor the sector), “Best practices for organic policy” (a guide for governments to develop an enabling policy framework for the organic sector).

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