For a consumer, the certification of an organic product signifies the integrity of that product.
In Australia, the term ‘organic’ is not regulated as it is in the US, 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, however, somewhat 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.
To see the NASAA Certified Organic label on a product and knowing the product is certified to the highest standard available in Australia and to one of the most stringent Standards in the World, is the consumer's guarantee, that the organic integrity of that product has been third party verified.
ONLY purchase products that are Certified Organic and that have a certification number underneath the certification label.