Organic Certifications

OBE Organic is fully certified organic.

 

Copy of Organic non-IFOAM copy

NASAA is nationally audited and accredited under the Australian Department of Agriculture (DOA) Organic and Bio-dynamic Program.

DOA accreditation is a legal requirement for all organic product exported from Australia. In the absence of domestic regulation.

NASAA’s Quality Management systems are operated in accordance with this program, and the NASAA Standards are developed in line with the DOA administered National Standard.

 

NASAA – through its subsidiary company, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) – has been accredited by the USDA to carry out certification services under NOP. Under the NOP requirements, which detail specific standards for organic management, all suppliers and handlers of ingredient and/or products that are labelled, sold, or represented as ‘100% Organic’, ‘Organic’ or ‘made with Organic ingredients’ in the US, must be certified under the NOP system.

 

Our farm and ranch properties are fully certified organic.

Prior to a producer being capable of supplying organic beef and lamb to the OBE system, the producer must become certified by an OBE approved certifying body. OBE has chosen to maintain  certification with National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). This certification organisation comply’s with the international standards set by IFOAM (International Foundation of Organic Agricultural Movements), the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) National Organic Program Standards. (USNOP)

 

Property certification is a process whereby the whole property is certified as being capable of producing organic products regardless of the product produced. The production standards specify the management practices, inputs and other processes that are allowable for each product to be produced as a certified organic product. They also specify a range of whole of property issues and processes that must be complied with.

 

Part of maintaining NASAA/NOP organic certification is the preparation and adoption of an Organic Management Plan. Each property management plan is specific to that property and operator. It identifies idiosyncrasies pertinent to that property and defines specific management processes to manage the property within the standard. The organic management plan also stipulates minimum levels of record keeping and reporting that are required by NASAA.

 

Property certification, to full certification, takes up to three years. Once certified, each property is inspected annually and this external audit feature of the IFOAM system is a major component of the integrity that IFOAM standard certification delivers to an organic product.

 

OBE Organic’s certificates.

NASAA

NASAA is nationally audited and accredited under the Australian Department of Agriculture (DOA) Organic and Bio-dynamic Program.
DOA accreditation is a legal requirement for all organic product exported from Australia. In the absence of domestic regulation.

NASAA’s Quality Management systems are operated in accordance with this program, and the NASAA Standards are developed in line with the DOA administered National Standard.

 

NASAA – through its subsidiary company, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) – has been accredited by the USDA to carry out certification services under NOP. Under the NOP requirements, which detail specific standards for organic management, all suppliers and handlers of ingredient and/or products that are labelled, sold, or represented as ’100% Organic’, ‘Organic’ or ‘made with Organic ingredients’ in the US, must be certified under the NOP system.

 

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service Accreditation Certifiers

NASAA is one of a number of certifiers currently accredited and audited under the Australian Department of Agriculture (DOA) Organic and Bio-dynamic Program. The numbers of licensees in Australia under licence to these certifiers is approximately 2500 including producers, processors, packers, exporters and retailers.

 

Accreditations for the United States National Organic Program

NASAA – through its subsidiary company, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) – has been accredited by the USDA to carry out certification services under NOP. Under the NOP requirements, which detail specific standards for organic management, all suppliers and handlers of ingredient and/or products that are labelled, sold, or represented as ’100% Organic’, ‘Organic’ or ‘made with Organic ingredients’ in the US, must be certified under the NOP system.

 

 

Legislative background

The Australian Department of Agriculture (DOA) is deemed by the European Commission as the competent authority responsible for ensuring all inspection and certification bodies sending organic products to Member States comply with all production rules as set out in Council Regulation (EEC) 2092/91) and with the requirements of EN45011 or its international equivalent ISO65.

 

NASAA is audited annually by DOA to ensure its procedures and standards are in compliance with the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce (National Standard), the Export Control Act 1982 and the Acts derived Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders 1997.

 

The National Standard was derived primarily from Codex Alimentarius and the first edition was implemented in 1992. The fourth edition was published in December 2002. The National Standard sets out the minimum requirements for organic agriculture in Australia. Its purpose is to provide minimum guidelines and reference points for the DAFF inspections and accreditation of existing and new certification organisations. The National Standard must be complied with before agricultural products can be labelled in a way which states or implies that they have been produced by organic farming systems which are in compliance with the National Standard.

 

For the purposes of Council Regulation (EEC) no 2092/91 of 24 June 1991, OFC is acknowledged as an “inspection body” under Commission Regulation 1566/2000 amending Regulation (EEC) 94/92. In relation to ISO 65/EN 45011, OFC has been informed by DAFF that it satisfies these requirements which are deemed as equivalent to the European System by EU officials.

 

Existing legislation in the form of the Export Control Orders controls any product being exported from Australia and requires that such product is produced and processed in the certification of an DAFF accredited body like OFC.

 

OBE NCO Certificate – Expiry 30.09.2017
OBE NOP Certificate – Issue Date 5.08.2016
DAFF Export Licence No. 1022 – Expiry 25.06.2018
 

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