Comment on the Invertebrates Standard until April 30th!
The IFOAM Standard is an internationally applicable organic standard that can be used directly for certification.
It offers a global platform for organic standard setters to discuss standards and create synergies for standard development and harmonization at the global level, thereby taking over the role that the IFOAM Basic Standard (IBS) had in the past in this regard.
In the past few years several organic standard owners have started developing standards, or requirements within their standards, for organic terrestrial invertebrates production. For instance, the European Commission is drafting a section for organic insects; the Canadian regulation has one; BioSuisse, a leading private standard, has developed a section for organic insect production. Ecocert has a standard for organic snails production and ICEA has a standard for organic silk worm production. Additionally, some certification of invertebrates is happening under the scope of general organic regulations.
IFOAM - Organics International and its Standard Committee have undertaken the job of drafting a chapter on organic terrestrial invertebrates production. This chapter will be included in the IFOAM Standard, which is part of the IFOAM Norms.
Call for comments and feedback
Inputs from experts and stakeholders were received during the first experts' consultation held in January 2021. The comments were addressed from June to December 2021, and a new version of the invertebrates standard prepared.
Comments to the first version of the invertebrates standard and responses can be found here.
The second version of the invertebrates standard can be found here (Word version; PDF version). This is the current version to be commented on. It will integrate the already existing IFOAM Norms, which you can find here.
IFOAM - Organics International is now opening a public consultation on the second draft of the IFOAM Standard on invertebrates.
Comments will be received from March 14th to April 30th, 2022. They can be submitted via this form.