The IFOAM Standard, version 0.1 was open for a first round of consultation in February-March 2011. You can download it here. The draft IFOAM Standard was developed based on the IBS Version 2005, but has undergone significant changes to turn what was a “standard for standards” into a “certification standard”. These changes are explained in the Introduction and Comment Questions for Members.This standard draft version 0.1 has been developed through the joint effort of the IFOAM staff, IFOAM Standard Committee, IOAS staff and other selected experts. The IFOAM Standard Committee reviewed all comments received and has published responses to these comments in August 2011.
Following this, the committee produced a second draft version (Version 0.2) which was approved by the World Board in early November 2011. This IFOAM Standard Version 0.2 was presented for motions to the IFOAM membership (deadline January 8, 2012). IFOAM members should read the Introduction from the Standard Committee to the membership before submitting motion on the IFOAM Standard Version 0.2.
Version 0.2 of the IFOAM Standard was published in November 2011 and members were invited to submit motions on that version, prior to the final approval of the standard. IFOAM received a total of 15 motions. All those have been taken into account in the motion reconciliation process, through which motions could either:
- Be withdrawn by the motion maker, or
- Be accepted as friendly amendments and thereafter integrated into Version 0.3 of the IFOAM Standard, or
- Be merged with other motions of related intention, and /or
- Be put for membership vote.
The motion reconciliation process was led by the IFOAM Standard Committee and the ultimate outcomes are joint agreements between the IFOAM World Board and the motion makers. An overview of the motions submitted and the outcome of the motion reconciliation process is available here. This outcome is what constituted the difference between Version 0.2 and Version 0.3 of the IFOAM Standard. You can access Version 0.3 in a “track changes” format as compared to Version 0.2, as well as in a “cleaned” version.
All of the 15 motions could be resolved through the motion reconciliation process, except for one motion, which the World Board brought to the IFOAM membership for a vote. Members could vote “in favor” or “against” the motion. The motion gathered a total of 97% yes (3% blank votes) and was therefore integrated into the IFOAM Standard Version 1.0, which was the version submitted for a final approval vote (up or down) to the IFOAM membership.
The IFOAM World Board, based on recommendations from the IFOAM Standard Committee, has reviewed the motion and has developed its own position towards the motion which is being put for vote. The motion put for vote, its rational and the position of the World Board are presented and explained in the Motion Vote Document which has been sent to the IFOAM membership on the 3rd of May 2012. The deadline for vote on the motions was the 19th of June 2012.
On June 22, IFOAM published the result of the motion vote and opened the final voting period on the approval of the IFOAM Standard: the motion on organic plant breeding methods was approved unanimously (3% blank votes, total of 14% participation) and was therefore integrated into the IFOAM Standard Version 1.0, which was the version submitted for a final approval vote (up or down) to the IFOAM membership. The vote was open until August 5, 2012. To access the vote document, click here.
The IFOAM Standard for Organic Production and Processing Version 1.0 was approved as a result of the membership vote. The IFOAM membership has approved with a 93 % of “yes”” (participation of 13%) to the motion “With this membership vote, the World Board proposes to approve the IFOAM Standard for Organic Production and Processing Version 1.0 as the new section in the IFOAM Norms for Organic Production and Processing, in replacement of the former IFOAM Basic Standards.” Following this approval, the new IFOAM Standard was integrated into the IFOAM Norms Version 2012, which was published on the 12th of August 2012.