NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard (updated Feb 2016).

NASAA has initiated a comprehensive review of the NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that requirements detailed in the Standard are current and up to date with National and International Regulatory requirements for organic production, processing and trading.  NASAA invites all members, inspectors and certified NCO operators to actively engage in contributing to the review process.  Your experience in practical implementation of the requirements of the current Standard will provide valuable feedback to us.

The Standard provides a framework for the organic industry covering production, processing, transportation, labelling and importation.

The National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce produced by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as a nationally agreed Standard was first implemented in 1992 as the Australian Export Standard for products labelled Organic or Biodynamic.

The Standard stipulates minimum requirements for products placed on the market with labelling which states or implies that they have been produced under Organic or Biodynamic systems.

The Standard aims to ensure conditions of fair competition in the market place by distinguishing those products produced according to this Standard from those produced by other means.

Use of the Standard provides transparency and credibility for the industry and protects the consumer against deception and fraud.

Certifying organisations that have been accredited by the Australian competent authority apply this Standard as a minimum requirement to all products produced by operators certified under this system.

The Standard forms the basis of equivalency agreements between approved certifying organisations and importing country requirements. Individual certifying organisations may stipulate additional requirements to those detailed here.

The certifying organisations have documented procedures and policies which are able to confirm that Certified Operators under their control comply with this Standard. 

NASAA Trader Standard

The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia, Limited (NASAA) took over the administration and operation of the retail certification scheme, Organic Retailers and Growers Association Australia (ORGAA), in July 2002. During this period, NASAA has witnessed steady and strong growth in the organic industry with annual growth in excess of 20 - 25%.

This latest edition of the NASAA Organic Trader Standard provides the benchmark for retail certification encompassing retailer, restaurants, home delivery, food preparation and market operations. This Standard should be read in conjunction with the current edition of the NASAA Organic Standard which outlines the requirements for certification from farm production through to on-farm and off-farm processing, transportation, export and import.

This Standard is an important tool in providing consumers with a guarantee off integrity for products claiming to be Organic, thereby facilitating consumer confidence in business practises. 

Additional Requirements - for specific organic standard or regulatory conditions

NASAA Certified Organic provides internationally recognised certification services allowing access to markets with specific organic standard/regulatory conditions.
For access to the European Union, in addition to the requirements of the NASAA Organic & Biodynamic Standard, the following Standard requirements must be met:
For markets requiring IFOAM Certification, in addition to the requirements of the NASAA Organic & Biodynamic Standard, operators must also comply with the requirements detailed in:
Additional to the requirements of the NASAA Organic & Biodynamic Standard Grower Groups & Wild harvest products have the following requirements: