The IFOAM Norms form the basis of the Organic Guarantee System of IFOAM - Organics International.
They are composed of three parts.
- Firstly, the Common Objectives and Requirements of Organic Standards (COROS) - IFOAM Standards Requirements.
- Secondly, the IFOAM Standard for Organic Production and Processing.
- Thirdly, the IFOAM Accreditation Requirements for Bodies Certifying Organic Production and Processing.
Here you can find the current version of the IFOAM Norms, approved by the membership of IFOAM - Organics International in July 2014. The document was edited in 2017, and in October 2019, however with no major content changes. The document includes new versions of the IFOAM Standard (Version 2.0) and the IFOAM Accreditation Requirements (Version 2.0).
The IFOAM Norms are the basis for approval of certification bodies under the IFOAM Accreditation Program.
In 2010, IFOAM launched its new Organic Guarantee System (OGS). The implementation of this new OGS brought major changes to the IFOAM Norms.
Since 2012, the IFOAM norms contain the following normative documents:
- The IFOAM Standard: an off-the-shelf certification standard.
- The IFOAM Standards Requirements, also called the Common Objectives and Requirements of Organic Standards (COROS), which replaced the IFOAM Basic Standards (IBS)
- The IFOAM Accreditation Requirements (formerly IFOAM Accreditation Criteria).
The development of the IFOAM Norms is regulated by the IFOAM Policy 20 and involves three committees (for more information, please visit the OGS Commitees page) and goes through a number of public consultation rounds and membership motion processes.