IFOAM – Organics International has promoted harmonization and equivalence in organic agriculture since 2002, when it convened an international conference on the topic.
During this time, we tracked the development of equivalence arrangements between government trade partners. This information is now published as the Organic Equivalence Tracker. The purpose of the Organic Equivalence Tracker is to serve as the global nexus for information on these arrangements.
It will be relevant to governments, traders, researchers, and policy advocates interested in trade of organic products.
To view the Organic Equivalence Tracker click here.
The main effect of an equivalence arrangement is the acknowledgement that the regulations of an exporting country are equivalent insofar as they are deemed to meet the objectives of the importing country’s organic regulations.
Equivalence arrangements can be:
- Unilateral – one country deciding the equivalence of another country’s regulation without reciprocation
- Bilateral – reciprocal equivalence of each country's regulations
The equivalence tracker is organized by country alphabetically and lists those countries participating in both unilateral and bilateral arrangements.
Country entries begin with a brief description of their regulatory status for organic agriculture and trade, information on the competent authority, and relevant internet links.
You can download the Organic Equivalence Tracker as a PDF here.
We encourage submission of updates to the Organic Equivalence Tracker.
Please contact Joelle Katto-Andrighetto, j.katto [at] ifoam.bio