Bilateral Equivalence Arrangements on Trade of Organic Products

ID:

309605

Language:

EN

Document type:

Book

Description:

The Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, a joint FAO, IFOAM and UNCTAD initiative, works towards reducing the barriers to trade in organic products. In seeking to reduce those barriers, GOMA promotes and facilitates harmonization and especially equivalence between countries’ systems for organic standards and conformity assessment. Between 2009 and 2012, Canada, the European Union and the United States entered into equivalence arrangements with one another relative to their regulation of organic products and labeling. The technical details of these arrangements are public and readily accessible. As a further contribution to information about these arrangements, GOMA reviewed the processes leading to the conclusions of the equivalence negotiations including the steps involved, the identification and resolution of issues, and factors contributing to the final equivalence decisions. The aim of this study is to expand the transparency of the arrangements and disseminate knowledge to other governments who may consider engaging in equivalence processes with their trading partners.

Publication year:

2013

Job number:

AQ205

Department:

NR

PDF:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/aq205e/aq205e.pdf