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 the past few years, several organic standard owners have started developing standards, or requirements within their standards, for the production of organic terrestrial invertebrates. For instance, the European Commission is drafting a section on 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 snail production and ICEA has a standard for organic silkworm production. Additionally, some certification of invertebrates is happening under the scope of general organic regulations.
IFOAM - Organics International and its Standard Committee have taken on the task of drafting a chapter on the production of organic terrestrial invertebrates which will be included in the IFOAM Standard and thus will be part of the IFOAM Norms.
Call for comments and feedback by August 8th, 2023
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 was prepared.
Comments on the first version of the invertebrates standard and expert responses can be found here.
From March to April 2022, we held the second round of consultations.
Comments to the second version of the invertebrates standard and responses can be found here.
As a result of the second round of public consultations, the third version of the invertebrates standard has been developed and can be found here: (Word version; PDF version). This is the version to be commented on now. It will supplement the already existing IFOAM Norms, which you can find here.
This round will be open only to Members of IFOAM - Organics International who will receive the link to the feedback form via email. Comments can be made from July 10th to August 8th, 2023.
The consultation process follows IFOAM - Organics International's Policy 20 on the Revision of Norms. Policy 20 outlines the procedures and timelines for this consultation. The World Board has agreed to shorten the consultation period from 60 days to 30 days considering the large number of comments we received in the second round. The previous call for comments was also open to members, many of whom have already provided feedback.