The Common Objectives and Requirements of Organic Standards (COROS) were developed as a joint venture of the IFOAM Organic Guarantee System (OGS) and the GOMA Project (Global Organic Market Access) undertaken by FAO, IFOAM and UNCTAD.
It is intended for use in international equivalence assessments of organic standards and technical regulations and provides the basis for assessing equivalence of standards for inclusion in the IFOAM Family of Standards.
The COROS contains requirements that have been found common across many private and government organic standards. Standards can be compared to this reference in an equivalence exercise, which will highlight their strengths and weaknesses as compared to the international reference.
A spreadsheet is the functional format whereby data is entered following the traditional structure of organic standards, and results are automatically fed into a second sheet that provides an overview of how well the standard addresses the Common Objectives. A third sheet is provided to summarize the results of the assessment.