Institute for Marketecology

EU Regulation (EC) N° 834/2007 and (EC) N° 889/2008

The European Union was the first market to have governmental legislation on organic production. Since it is still the biggest organic market, the Regulation (EC) N° 834/2007 and (EC) N° 889/2008 (former: Regulation (EEC) N° 2092/91) continues to be probably the most important organic standard for organic producers and traders world-wide.

The regulation is the legal basis for production, processing and trade of organic products in 25 countries of the European Union. Only products certified according to this regulation can be labelled as "organic". The certified and verified products can be identified with an official label of the EU.

The EU-Regulation requires certification bodies to be accredited according to EN 45011 (ISO 65). IMO is accredited according to this norm by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) and is certifying since many years according to Regulation (EC) N° 834/2007 and (EC) N° 889/2008 (former: Regulation (EEC) N° 2092/91). IMO ensures that the certified products can be imported into Europe without problems.

The EU-Regulation is valid for unprocessed agricultural products (crops, livestock, wild collection, aquaculture), processed organic products intended for human consumption and livestock feedstuff.


KIWA BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH

KIWA BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH is an independent and private controlling agency, operating since 1992, which certifies organic products worldwide in accordance with international regulations and private standards. They are based in Germany with representing agencies in 4 continents; Africa, America, Asia and Europe. They are also a member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements), an umbrella group for all organic certifiers worldwide.



Ecocert is a control and certification organisation, whose activities are governed accordingly by the public authorities and legislation. ECOCERT is accredited for structure and procedures by COFRAC (French committee for accreditation), in accordance with guide standard ISO 65 (EN 45011), which requires independence, competence and impartiality

By means of the ECOLOGICAL AND ORGANIC COSMETICS standards, Ecocert defines a requirement level that is superior to the conventional regulation governing cosmetics, thereby guaranteeing the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout the production line, respect for the consumer and the promotion of natural substances of a superior ecological quality.

Ecocert allows for two levels of claims: "ecological cosmetic" (95 percent of ingredients from natural origin, with organic ingredients representing 5 percent of the total of compounds and 50 percent of vegetal ingredients) and "organic cosmetic" (95 percent of ingredients from natural origin, with organic ingredients representing 10 percent of the total of compounds and 95 percent of vegetal ingredients).


Australian certified organic

Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and has over 1500 operators within its certification system. ACO provides market advantage based on compliance to some of the highest standards available for organic worldwide: Australia, Europe and Taiwan (AQIS), Japan (JAS), US (USDA NOP), international (IFOAM), Canada (COR), Korea and others.


The USDA National Organic Program

The National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. They are responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards.



The Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program (FMIP) is an industry funded program that ensures consumers receive fertilizing materials that meet the quality and quantity guaranteed on the product label. Investigators located throughout the state conduct routine sampling and inspections, respond to consumer complaints, and enforce the laws and regulations that govern the manufacturing and distribution of fertilizing materials in California. Environmental scientists and Research Analysts review product labels for misleading claims and compliance with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations.

The Organic Input Material (OIM) Program registers fertilizing materials to be used in organic crop and food production. The program is mandated by the Legislature and supported by the industry. Products claiming to be appropriate for use in organic production are verified to comply with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations and USDA National Organic Program Standards. Effective January 2012, OIMs distributed in California shall be registered with the FMIP.


The Soil Association

The Soil Association Certification is an independent certification body. It carries out inspections and awards organic certification to farms and businesses that meet the correct standards for the UK.

The Soil Association’s standards guarantee the following:
Certified organic ingredients are used
No genetically modified (GMO) ingredients
Product labelling is clear and honest
Ingredients must be environmentally friendly (biodegradable)
Minimal processing


ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Kelp products (Pty) Ltd. has been re-certified by the SABS through which it meets the standards required by ISO 9001:2008 quality managment systems to develop, produce and supply plant growth regulators or liquid seaweed fertilisers from kelp.