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MP 1002009

(Incorporating Amendment No. 1)

Procedures for certifcation of organic and biodynamic products

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This Miscellaneous Publication was prepared by Committee FT-032, Organic and Biodynamic Products. It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 28 September 2009. This Miscellaneous Publication was published on 9 October 2009.

The following are represented on Committee FT-032: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Australian Food and Grocery Council Australian National Retailers Association Bio-Dynamic Research Institute Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Biological Farmers of Australia CHOICE Consumers Federation of Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Commonwealth) Department of Primary Industries, Parkes, Water and Environment, Tas. Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia Organic Dairy Farmers Cooperative Organic Federation of Australia Organic Growers Association of Western Australia Organic Industry Export Consultative Committee Organic Traders and Consumers Network Safe Food Queensland

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Additional Interests: Aus-Qual Australian Certified Organic Tasmanian Organic-Dynamic Producers The Organic Food Chain

This Miscellaneous Publication was issued in draft form for comment as DR 08148. Standards Australia wishes to acknowledge the participation of the expert individuals that contributed to the development of this Miscellaneous Publication through their representation on the Committee and through the public comment period.

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MP 1002009
(Incorporating Amendment No. 1)

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Miscellaneous Publication
Procedures for certification of organic and biodynamic products

First published as MP 1002009. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (November 2010).

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MP 1002009

PREFACE
This Miscellaneous Publication (MP) was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee FT-032, Organic and Biodynamic Products. This document has been produced as a reference document for those involved within the scope of certification procedures for organic and biodynamic products. This Standard incorporates Amendment No. 1 (November 2010). The changes required by the Amendment are indicated in the text by a marginal bar and amendment number against the clause, note, table, figure or part thereof affected. The objective of this document is to establish certification requirements additional to those already stipulated in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC Guide 65General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems (which has been adopted in Australia and New Zealand as HB 18.65) and International Accreditation Forum, Guidance Document, IAF GD 5:2006IAF Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC Guide 65: 1996 General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, and which are specific to the needs of the organic and biodynamic industry sectors. This MP does not include the text of ISO/IEC Guide 65 (HB 18.65) and IAF GD 5. However, as the MP is structured around ISO/IEC Guide 65 and follows the same criteria, the MP clause numbers align with the clause numbers of ISO/IEC Guide 65. Where there are no additional certification requirements, those clause headings are left without any text. This MP is based on the publication by Organic Industry Export Consultative Committee (OIECC), c/o Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) of Commonwealth Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce, Edition 3.3, July 2007, and the AQIS Administrative Arrangements for approved certifying organizations operating inspection and certification activities for Australian organic and biodynamic products. The terms normative and informative have been used in this MP to define the application of the appendix to which they apply. A normative appendix is an integral part of this MP, whereas an informative appendix is only for information and guidance.

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MP 1002009

CONTENTS Page INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................... 4 1 SCOPE ........................................................................................................................... 5 2 3 4 5 6 7


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REFERENCES............................................................................................................... 5 DEFINITIONS............................................................................................................... 5 CERTIFICATION BODY.............................................................................................. 6 CERTIFICATION BODY PERSONNEL ..................................................................... 7 CHANGES IN THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.......................................... 8 APPEALS, COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES ............................................................... 8 APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION....................................................................... 8 PREPARATION FOR EVALUATION.......................................................................... 9

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10 EVALUATION.............................................................................................................. 9 11 EVALUATION REPORT ............................................................................................ 11 12 DECISION ON CERTIFICATION .............................................................................. 11 13 SURVEILLANCE ....................................................................................................... 11 14 USE OF LICENCES, CERTIFICATES AND MARKS OF CONFORMITY............... 12 15 COMPLAINTS TO SUPPLIERS ................................................................................. 12 APPENDICES A FURTHER REFERENCES........................................................................................ 13 B IMPORTED ORGANIC OR BIODYNAMIC PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS .. 14 C PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR DETERMINING ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT THAT MAY BE ACCEPTABLE.. 16

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MP 1002009

INTRODUCTION
This Miscellaneous Publication (MP) provides detailed information on the certification procedures for organic and biodynamic products. Audit and certification is the process used by a certification body to confirm that an operators activities comply with the nominated Standard. For the domestic market, the nominated Standard is the Australian Standard, AS 6000, Organic and biodynamic products. Certification bodies operating a product certification system in accordance with this MP should provide confidence that certified operators conform to AS 6000 or the requirements for imported organic or biodynamic products or ingredients described in Appendix B of this MP.
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This MP therefore forms the basis for demonstrating equally reliable organic and biodynamic product certifications to meet domestic and importing country requirements. Individual certification bodies may stipulate additional requirements to those detailed in the MP. This MP also enables operators producing organic and/or biodynamic products to understand the certification process.

MP 1002009

STANDARDS AUSTRALIA Miscellaneous Publication Procedures for certification of organic and biodynamic products
1 SCOPE MP 1.1 This Miscellaneous Publication (MP) specifies procedures for the certification of organic and biodynamic products that conform to AS 6000. MP 1.2 This MP also specifies procedures for the certification of imported organic and/or biodynamic products and ingredients that satisfy the specific requirements detailed in Appendix B of this MP.
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Process and requirements for determining additional systems of conformity assessment that may be acceptable are detailed in Appendix C of this MP. MP 1.3 This MP supplements the requirements of ISO/IEC Guide 65 (HB 18.65) and IAF GD 5, which together form the framework for the certification process. The main clauses, which are numbered and titled in bold text, are common to all three documents.
NOTES: 1 2 Where no text appears beneath a clause heading in this MP, see ISO/IEC Guide 65 and IAF GD 5. Further references are listed in Appendix A.

2 REFERENCES AS 6000 Organic and biodynamic products

ISO/IEC Guide 65 General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems (HB 18.65) IAF GD 5 IAF Guidance on the application of ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems

3 DEFINITIONS For the purpose of this MP the definitions in AS 6000 and those below apply. MP 3.1 Audit A systematic, review of the extent of conformity with specified requirements. MP 3.2 Accreditation body An authoritative body formally recognized by government for the accreditation of product certification bodies. MP 3.3 Accreditation criteria The appropriate International Standards and accreditation procedures nominated by the accreditation body for the accreditation of product certification bodies and this MP.

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