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Formal certification of organic product is the consumer guarantee that it has been produced in line with strict national and industry standards.

In Australia, the term ‘organic’ is not regulated as it is in the United States, Japan and China.  In these countries, a product cannot have the word ‘organic’ on it unless it is certified by a third party certification body such as NASAA Certified Organic.  In Australia, it is legal to produce a product and call it ‘organic’ without providing the consumer with any proof that it is actually organic.

The term ‘certified organic’  is different. 

If a product claims to be ‘certified organic’ the owner and the seller of that product must be able to prove the validity of the certification.  If the vendor is claiming it to be certified, and a consumer questions the validity of the certification, the vendor must by law (The Australian Consumer and Competition Act) be able to show the certificate of registration that confirms the product's integrity. 

In summary, the term ‘organic’ can be used on a product anywhere, anytime, without any legal consequence.

The term 'certified organic’ can only be used on a product when the producer, processor and in some cases, the vendor, are certified by an independent third party certifier, such as NASAA Certified Organic. 

When you see the NASAA Certified Organic label on a product you can be sure that it is certified to the highest standard available in Australia (and to one of the most stringent standards in the world).

It is your guarantee that the organic integrity of that product has been third-party verified.

Always check the label to be sure.