US-EU Equivalency Arrangement

Under an equivalency arrangement signed by USDA and the European Union Commission raw agricultural products and processed products certified to the USDA National Organic Standards are not required to obtain additional certification to market the products as organic in the European Union. Full implementation of the U.S.. – European Union Equivalency Arrangement comes into effect on June 1, 2012. Details of the USDA and European Union Equivalency Arrangement can be found on the National Organic Program website.


After June 1, 2012, in addition to certification to the USDA organic regulations, products must meet the following requirements in order to be sold as organic in the European Union:

  1. Apples and Pears must be produced without antibiotics.
  2. Products must travel with an EU import certificate that has been completed by a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
  3. Products must be either produced within the U.S.. or have had final processing or packaging occur within the US.

Export Certificates

A USDA-accredited certifying agent must complete an EU import certificate (Certificate of Inspection) for all USDA organic products traded under the arrangement. This requirement is in place regardless of organic crop or product being shipped.

For more information regarding the EU requirements review the US-EU Equivalency Policy Statement.

For additional shipping documentation needed contact the Organic Program Manager at 303-869-9074 or send an email to