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MP 100—2009

(Incorporating Amendment No. 1)

Procedures for certifcation of organic and biodynamic products

MP 100—2009 (Incorporating Amendment No. 1) Procedures for certifcation of organic and biodynamic products
MP 100—2009 (Incorporating Amendment No. 1) Procedures for certifcation of organic and biodynamic products
MP 100—2009 (Incorporating Amendment No. 1) Procedures for certifcation of organic and biodynamic products
MP 100—2009 (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

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 100—2009

(Incorporating Amendment No. 1)

Miscellaneous Publication

Procedures for certification of organic and biodynamic products

First published as MP 100—2009. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (November 2010).

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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 65—General 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 5:2006—IAF 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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A1

CONTENTS

 

Page

INTRODUCTION

4

1 SCOPE

5

2 REFERENCES

5

3 DEFINITIONS

5

4 CERTIFICATION BODY

6

5 CERTIFICATION BODY PERSONNEL

7

6 CHANGES IN THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

8

7 APPEALS, COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES

8

8 APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION

8

9 PREPARATION FOR EVALUATION

9

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

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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 operator’s 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.

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.

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STANDARDS AUSTRALIA

Miscellaneous Publication Procedures for certification of organic and biodynamic products

A1

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.

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 Where no text appears beneath a clause heading in this MP, see ISO/IEC Guide 65 and IAF GD 5.

2 Further references are listed in Appendix A.

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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 65:1996—General 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

A systematic, review of the extent of conformity with specified requirements.

Audit

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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