Organic Regulation Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for governments, organic sector organizations, consultants and others  involved in the development of organic guarantee systems.

The toolkit presents an overview of the voluntary and regulatory instruments that can be used to support the development of appropriate frameworks where there is a national ambition to develop the organic sector. The options, in terms of voluntary and regulatory instruments, are many. They range from having a voluntary standard associated with a common organic logo managed by the sector umbrella organizations (e.g. East African Community), to having a regulation compulsory for export only (e.g. India) or having a full compulsory organic regulation (e.g. China). The choice between those different scenarios depends on the level of development of the sector (and particularly of the internal demand for organic products). 

This toolkit was designed by IFOAM based on best practices identified through a global review of organic guarantee systems and regulations, and decades of experience in advising governments and the private sector in this area. The toolkit is conceived to guide the user towards the most appropriate tools and templates, based on the local conditions.

The user is encouraged to adapt the templates to their own needs, but always in consultation with their organic sector stakeholders. Users can also consult IFOAM experts with regards to the appropriateness of certain adaptations, and whether they would likely have an impact on the credibility and acceptability of the national system at the international level.


Tool Kit 1 - Countries with Emerging Organic SectorsTool Kit 1 - Countries with Existing Organic Sectors


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Note: the toolkit is hereby presented in English. However, certain documents can be made available in other languages (e.g. Russian, French, Spanish) on request. Please request them at ogs [at]