MP 100-2009 Procedures for certification of organic and biodynamic products

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					                                                                                           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)
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                                                                                               •    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
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                                                                                           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
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                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                          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
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                                                                                                    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
                                                                                           A1
                                                                                                  C   PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR DETERMINING ADDITIONAL
                                                                                                      SYSTEMS OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT THAT MAY BE ACCEPTABLE.. 16
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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.
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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.
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                                                                                                                                   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.
                                                                                           A1     Process and requirements for determining additional systems of conformity assessment that
                                                                                                  may be acceptable are detailed in Appendix C of this MP.
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                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  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 65:1996—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 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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