United Kingdom-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (UKCOEA)

OCO is excited to announce the United Kingdom-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (UKCOEA).

The United Kingdom (UK) and Canada now recognize each other’s organic production rules and control systems as equivalent under their respective rules. This type of recognition is also referred to as an “equivalence arrangement”.

This equivalence arrangement takes effect on January 1 2021 and covers organic agricultural products of UK or Canadian origin.

This equivalence arrangement means that organic products certified under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Canada Organic Regime or UK organic system may be sold and labelled as organic in both Canada and the UK.

As long as the product is certified by a CFIA accredited certification body (CB) in Canada or by an UK approved control body, this recognition eliminates the need for UK organic agricultural products to have a separate certification to the Canadian standards, and vice versa.

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