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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279 of 22 February 2021 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products (Text with EEA relevance)

C/2021/939

OJ L 62, 23.2.2021, p. 6–23 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

Date of entry into force unknown (pending notification) or not yet in force., Date of effect: 15/03/2021

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2021/279/oj

23.2.2021   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 62/6


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2021/279

of 22 February 2021

laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (1), and in particular Articles 28(3)(a), 29(8)(a), 30(8), 32(5), 36(4), 38(9), 41(5) and 43(7) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Chapter III of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 lays down general production rules for operators, including precautionary measures to avoid the presence of non-authorised products and substances and measures to be taken in the event of the presence of non-authorised products or substances. In order to ensure harmonised conditions for the implementation of that Regulation, some additional rules should be laid down.

(2)

Considering the importance of the precautionary measures that operators have to take to avoid the presence of non-authorised products and substances referred to in Article 28 of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, it is appropriate to establish procedural steps to be followed and the relevant documents to be provided in case operators suspect, due to presence of non-authorised products or substances, that the product that is intended to be used or marketed as organic or in-conversion product does not comply with Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

(3)

In order to ensure a harmonised approach across the Union as regards the official investigation referred to in Article 29(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 in the event of the presence of non-authorised products or substances in organic or in-conversion products, further rules covering the elements to be determined when carrying out the official investigation, the expected results of the official investigation as well as minimum reporting obligations should be established.

(4)

Chapter IV of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 lays down specific provisions relating to the labelling of organic and in-conversion products. In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of that Regulation, some additional rules should be laid down as regards the place and the appearance of certain indications on the label.

(5)

Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 lays down rules for certification of operators and groups of operators. In order to ensure harmonised conditions for the implementation of that Regulation, some additional rules for the certification of a group of operators should be laid down.

(6)

In the interest of the efficiency and affordable operational cost of the system for internal controls (ICS), it is appropriate to provide for a maximum size of a group of operators. By setting this limit, it is expected that the ICS can ensure the compliance of all members of the group with Regulation (EU) 2018/848 by means of internal controls and necessary training. Furthermore, the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body that certifies the group can re-inspect a reasonable number of members. The limitation of the size will provide additional guarantees for an updated list of members, rapid and regular exchange of information with control authorities or control bodies, and ensure the implementation of adequate measures. However, the maximum size should take into consideration that a group of operators should be able to generate sufficient resources to establish an efficient ICS relying on qualified staff.

(7)

In order to provide evidence of compliance and to allow the exchange of information and sharing of knowledge, the list of documents and records that a group of operators has to keep for the purposes of the ICS should be laid down.

(8)

The ICS should constitute the basis for the certification of a group of operators. Therefore, ICS managers should be required to inform the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body that provides the certificate of the most important issues, such as suspicions of non-compliances, suspensions or withdrawals of members and any prohibition of the placing on the market of products as organic or in-conversion products.

(9)

Chapter VI of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 lays down rules for official controls and other official activities. In order to ensure harmonised conditions for the implementation of that Regulation, some additional rules should be laid down.

(10)

In order to ensure the continuity of the current national control systems in the Member States, rules on minimum percentages for official controls and sampling should be established.

(11)

With a view to eliminating the substantial divergence in the current application of national catalogues of measures in the Member States, a common template for a catalogue of measures should be established and further guidelines on the classification of non-compliances and the appropriate measures should be provided for.

(12)

Information on any suspicion of non-compliance or any established non-compliance that affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products should be shared between the Member States and the Commission directly and as effectively as possible, primarily in order to allow all competent authorities concerned to carry out official investigations and apply necessary measures as required in Article 29(1) and (2), Article 41(1), (2) and (3) and Article 42 of Regulation (EU) 2018/848. Furthermore, it is appropriate to specify the details and procedures for sharing that information, including functionalities of the Organic Farming Information System. In that context, this Regulation should also clarify that in case of any suspicion or established non-compliance that affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products discovered by the control authority or control body, such information should be transferred without delay to their competent authorities. Finally, this Regulation should specify which information should at least be shared by control authorities and control bodies with other control authorities and control bodies and their competent authorities and set an obligation for the competent authorities to take the appropriate measures and establish documented procedures to enable such exchange of information on their territory.

(13)

Groups of operators in third countries operating in compliance with Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (2) and Commission Regulations (EC) No 889/2008 (3) and (EC) No 1235/2008 (4) may have a number of members significantly higher than the maximum size set by this Regulation. Establishing new groups of operators complying with this new requirement may imply tangible adaptations for establishing the corresponding legal entity, an ICS and the necessary elements for the certification by a control authority or control body. Hence, a transitional period of maximum 3 years from 1 January 2022 should be provided for in respect of those groups of operators to permit them to carry out the necessary adaptations to comply with the new maximum size.

(14)

The requirement related to the national catalogue of measures may imply the changing of already existing national catalogues of measures that have been developed in Member States until now in compliance with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and (EC) No 889/2008. Hence, a transitional period of maximum 1 year from 1 January 2022 should be provided for all Member States in respect of those existing national catalogues of measures in order to permit them to carry out the necessary improvements or the replacement of their national catalogues of measures to comply with the new requirements.

(15)

In the interest of clarity and legal certainty, this Regulation should apply from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

(16)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on Organic Production,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Procedural steps to be followed by the operator in case of a suspicion of non-compliance due to the presence of non-authorised products or substances

1.   In order to check whether the suspicion can be substantiated in accordance with Article 28(2)(b) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, the operator shall take into account the following elements:

(a)

where the suspicion of non-compliance concerns an incoming organic or in-conversion product, the operator shall check whether:

(i)

the information on the label of the organic or in-conversion product and the information on the accompanying documents match;

(ii)

the information on the certificate provided by the supplier relates to the product actually purchased;

(b)

where there is a suspicion that the cause of the presence of the non-authorised products or substances lies under the control of the operator, the operator shall examine any possible cause for the presence of non-authorised products or substances.

2.   When the operator informs the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body in accordance with Article 28(2)(d) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 about a substantiated suspicion or when the suspicion cannot be eliminated, the operator shall provide, if relevant and where available, the following elements:

(a)

information and documents about the supplier (delivery note, invoice, certificate of the supplier, Certificate of Inspection for organic products (COI));

(b)

the traceability of the product with the lot identification, stock quantity, and quantity of product sold;

(c)

laboratory results, from accredited laboratory when relevant and available;

(d)

the sampling sheet detailing the time, place and method used to take the sample;

(e)

any information about any previous suspicion with regard to the specific non-authorised product or substance;

(f)

every other relevant document to clarify the case.

Article 2

Methodology of an official investigation

1.   Without prejudice to Article 38(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, when carrying out an official investigation referred to in Article 29(1)(a) of that Regulation, the competent authorities or, where appropriate, control bodies or control authorities shall determine at least the following:

(a)

the name, lot identification, ownership and physical location of the organic or in-conversion products concerned;

(b)

whether the products concerned are still placed on the market as organic or in-conversion products or used in organic production;

(c)

the type, name, quantity and other relevant information of the present non-authorised products or substances;

(d)

at which stage of production, preparation, storing or distribution and where exactly the presence of non-authorised products or substances has been detected, in particular for plant production, whether the sample was taken pre-harvest or post-harvest;

(e)

whether other operators in the supply chain are affected;

(f)

the results of previous official investigations on the organic or in-conversion products and operators concerned.

2.   The official investigation shall be pursued by using appropriate methods and techniques, including those referred to in Article 14 and Article 137(3) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council (5).

3.   The official investigation shall at least conclude on:

(a)

the integrity of organic and in-conversion products;

(b)

the source and the cause of the presence of non-authorised products or substances;

(c)

the elements provided in Article 29(2)(a), (b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

4.   The competent authorities or, where appropriate, control authorities or control bodies shall draw up a final report for each official investigation. That final report shall contain:

(a)

the records of the specific elements required pursuant to this Article;

(b)

the records of the information exchanged with the competent authority, other control authorities and control bodies and the Commission related to this official investigation.

Article 3

Conditions for the uses of certain indications

1.   The indication provided for in-conversion products of plant origin as referred to in Article 30(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 shall appear in:

(a)

a colour, size and style of lettering that is not more prominent than the sales description of the product, while the entire indication shall have the same size of letters;

(b)

the same visual field as the code number of the control authority or control body as referred to in Article 32(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

2.   The indication of the code number of the control authority or control body as referred to in Article 32(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 shall appear in the same visual field as the organic production logo of the European Union, where it is used in the labelling.

3.   The indication of the place where the agricultural raw materials of which the product is composed have been farmed, as referred to in Article 32(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, shall be placed immediately below the code number referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article.

Article 4

Composition and dimension of a group of operators

A member of a group of operators shall register to only one group of operators for a given product, also where the operator is engaged in different activities related to that product.

The maximum size of a group of operators shall be 2 000 members.

Article 5

Documents and records of a group of operators

The group of operators shall keep the following documents and records for the purposes of the system for internal controls (ICS):

(a)

the list of members of the group of operators based on their registration of each member and consisting of the following elements for each member of the group of operators:

(i)

name and identification (code number);

(ii)

contact details;

(iii)

date of registration;

(iv)

total land surface under the management of the member and whether it is part of an organic, in-conversion or non-organic production unit;

(v)

information on each production unit and/or activity: size, location, including a map where available, product, date of the beginning of the conversion period and yield estimates;

(vi)

date of the last internal inspection with the name of the ICS inspector;

(vii)

date of the last official control performed by the competent authority or, where appropriate, control authority or control body with the name of the inspector;

(viii)

date and version of the list;

(b)

the signed membership agreements between the member and the group of operators as legal person, which shall include the rights and responsibilities of the member;

(c)

the internal inspection reports signed by the ICS inspector and the inspected member of the group of operators and including at least the following elements:

(i)

the name of the member and the location of the production unit or premises, including purchase and collection centres where the activities referred to in Article 36(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 subject to the inspection take place;

(ii)

the date and starting and ending hour of the internal inspection;

(iii)

the findings of the inspection;

(iv)

the audit scope/perimeter;

(v)

the date of issue of the report;

(vi)

the name of the internal inspector;

(d)

the training records of the ICS inspectors consisting of:

(i)

the dates of the training;

(ii)

the subject matter of the training;

(iii)

the name of the trainer;

(iv)

the signature of the trainee;

(v)

where appropriate, an assessment of the knowledge acquired;

(e)

the training records of the members of the group of operators;

(f)

the records of the measures taken in case of non-compliance by the ICS manager, which shall include:

(i)

the members subject to measures in case of non-compliance, including those suspended, withdrawn or required to comply with a new conversion period;

(ii)

documentation of identified non-compliance;

(iii)

documentation of follow-up of the measures;

(g)

traceability records, including information on the quantities, on the following activities, where relevant:

(i)

purchase and distribution of farm inputs including plant reproductive material by the group;

(ii)

production including harvest;

(iii)

storing;

(iv)

preparation;

(v)

delivery of products from each member to the joint marketing system;

(vi)

placing on the market of products by the group of operators;

(h)

the written agreements and contracts between the group of operators and subcontractors including information on the nature of the subcontracted activities;

(i)

the appointment of the ICS manager;

(j)

the appointment of the ICS inspectors as well as the list of ICS inspectors.

The list of members referred to in point (a) of the first paragraph shall be updated by the ICS manager after any modification of the elements listed in point (a)(i) to (viii) and it shall be indicated whether any of the members has been suspended or withdrawn due to measures in case of non-compliance resulting from internal inspections or official controls.

Article 6

Notifications from the ICS manager

The ICS manager shall immediately notify the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body of the following information:

(a)

any suspicion of major and critical non-compliance;

(b)

any suspension or withdrawal of a member or a production unit or premises, including purchase and collection centres, from the group;

(c)

any prohibition of the placing on the market of a product as organic or in-conversion, including the name of the member or members concerned, the relevant quantities and lot identification.

Article 7

Minimum percentages of controls and sampling

The following rules on minimum percentages shall apply to the official controls referred to in Article 38(4) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 to be carried out by each competent authority or, where appropriate, control authority or control body according to the risk of non-compliance:

(a)

minimum 10 % of all official controls of operators or groups of operators shall be carried out without prior notice every year;

(b)

minimum 10 % of additional controls to those referred to in Article 38(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 shall be carried out every year;

(c)

minimum 5 % of the number of operators, excluding operators exempted in accordance with Articles 34(2) and 35 (8) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 shall be subject to sampling in accordance with Article 14(h) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 every year;

(d)

minimum 2 % of the members of each group of operators shall be subject to sampling in accordance with Article 14(h) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 every year;

(e)

minimum 5 % of the operators that are members of a group of operators, but not less than 10 members, shall be subject to re-inspection every year. Where the group of operators has 10 members or less, all members shall be controlled in connection with the verification of compliance referred to in Article 38(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

Article 8

Measures in case of established non-compliance

The competent authorities may use the uniform arrangements set out in the Annex I to this Regulation to develop a national catalogue of measures as referred to in Article 41(4) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

That national catalogue of measures shall cover at least:

(a)

a list of non-compliances with a reference to the specific rules of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 or of the delegated or implementing act adopted in accordance with that Regulation;

(b)

the classification of the non-compliances into three categories: minor, major and critical, taking into account at least the following criteria:

(i)

the application of precautionary measures referred to in Article 28(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 and the own controls referred to in Article 9(1)(d) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625;

(ii)

the impact on the integrity of the organic or in-conversion status of products;

(iii)

the ability of the traceability system to locate the affected product(s) in the supply chain;

(iv)

the response to previous requests by the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body;

(c)

the measures corresponding to different categories of non-compliances.

Article 9

Exchange of information

1.   For the purposes of Article 43(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, the competent authorities shall use the Organic Farming Information System (OFIS) and the templates set out in Annex II to this Regulation to exchange information with the Commission and other Member States in accordance with the following rules:

(a)

a Member State (notifying Member State) shall notify the Commission and relevant Member State or Member States (notified Member State or Member States) at least in the following situations:

(i)

when the suspected or established non-compliance affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products coming from another Member State;

(ii)

when the suspected or established non-compliance affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products imported from a third country pursuant to Article 45(1) or Article 57 of Regulation (EU) 2018/848;

(iii)

when the suspected or established non-compliance affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products coming from the notifying Member State, since it could have implications for one or more notified Member States (alert notification);

(b)

in the situations referred to in point (a)(i) and (ii) the notified Member State or Member States shall reply within 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of the notification and shall inform about the actions and measures taken, including the results of the official investigation and provide any other information available and/or required by the notifying Member State;

(c)

the notifying Member State may ask the notified Member State or Member States for any necessary additional information;

(d)

the notifying Member State shall, as soon as possible, make the necessary entries and updates in OFIS, including the updates relating to the results of its own official investigations;

(e)

in the situation referred to in point (a) (ii) and when the Commission is notified by a Member State, the Commission shall inform the competent authority, or where relevant, the control authority or control body of the third country.

2.   In addition to the information obligation referred to in Article 32(b) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, the control authority or control body shall, without delay, inform the competent authority that has conferred to it or has delegated to it certain official control tasks or certain tasks related to other official activities in accordance with Article 4(3) and Article 28(1) or Article 31 of that Regulation, about any suspicion or established non-compliance that affects the integrity of organic or in-conversion products. It shall also provide any other information required by that competent authority.

3.   For the purposes of Article 43(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, where operators or groups of operators and/or their subcontractors are controlled by different control authorities or control bodies, those control authorities and control bodies shall exchange the relevant information on the operations under their control.

4.   For the purposes of Article 43(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, where operators or groups of operators and/or their subcontractors change their control authority or control body, such operators and/or the control authority or control body concerned shall notify the competent authority without delay of that change.

The new control authority or control body shall request the control file of the operator or group of operators concerned from the previous control authority or control body. The previous control authority or control body shall hand over without delay to the new control authority or control body the control file of the operator or group of operators concerned, including the written records referred to in Article 38(6) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, the status of the certification, the list of non-compliances and the corresponding measures taken by the previous control authority or control body.

The new control authority or control body shall ensure that non-compliances noted in the records of the previous control authority or control body have been or will be addressed by the operator.

5.   For the purposes of Article 43(3) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848, where operators or groups of operators are subject to a traceability check and a mass balance check, control authorities and control bodies shall exchange the relevant information allowing finalisation of these checks.

6.   The competent authorities shall take the appropriate measures and establish documented procedures to enable the exchange of information between them and the control authorities and/or control bodies to which they have conferred or delegated certain official control tasks or certain tasks related to other official activities as well as between those control authorities and/or control bodies.

Article 10

Transitional provisions

1.   Groups of operators in third countries complying with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007, (EC) No 889/2008 and (EC) No 1235/2008 before the date of entry into application of this Regulation and for which important administrative, legal and structural changes are necessary with regard to the maximum size of the group of operators laid down in the second paragraph of Article 4 of this Regulation, shall comply with that provision from 1 January 2025 at the latest.

2.   The national catalogue of measures developed in accordance with Article 8 shall apply from 1 January 2023 at the latest.

Article 11

Entry into force and application

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2022.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 22 February 2021.

For the Commission

The President

Ursula VON DER LEYEN


(1)  OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1.

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 (OJ L 189, 20.7.2007, p. 1).

(3)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control (OJ L 250, 18.9.2008, p. 1).

(4)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 of 8 December 2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries (OJ L 334, 12.12.2008, p. 25).

(5)  Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation) (OJ L 95, 7.4.2017, p. 1).


ANNEX I

Uniform arrangements for the development and application of a national catalogue of measures as referred to in Article 8

1.   

Competent authorities may classify cases of non-compliance as minor, major or critical, on the basis of the classification criteria in article 8, when one or more of the following situations apply:

(a)

the case of non-compliance is minor when:

(i)

the precautionary measures are proportionate and appropriate, and the controls that the operator has put in place are efficient;

(ii)

the non-compliance does not affect the integrity of the organic or in-conversion product;

(iii)

the traceability system can locate the affected product(s) in the supply chain and prohibition of placing products on the market with reference to organic production is possible;

(b)

the case of non-compliance is major when:

(i)

the precautionary measures are not proportionate and appropriate and the controls that the operator has put in place are not efficient;

(ii)

the non-compliance affects the integrity of the organic or in-conversion product;

(iii)

the operator did not correct in a timely manner a minor non-compliance;

(iv)

the traceability system can locate the affected product(s) in the supply chain and prohibition of placing products on the market with reference to organic production is possible;

(c)

the case of non-compliance is critical when:

(i)

the precautionary measures are not proportionate and appropriate and the controls that the operator has put in place are not efficient;

(ii)

the non-compliance affects the integrity of the organic or in-conversion product;

(iii)

the operator fails to correct previous major non-compliances or repeatedly fails to correct other categories of non-compliances;

(iv)

there is no information from the traceability system to locate the affected product(s) in the supply chain and prohibition of placing products on the market with reference to organic production is not possible.

2.   

Measures

Competent authorities or, where appropriate, control authorities or control bodies may apply one or more of the following measures in a proportionate manner to the listed categories of cases of non-compliance:

Category of non-compliance

Measure

Minor

Submission by the operator of an action plan within time limit set on the correction of non-compliance

Major

No reference to organic production in the labelling and advertising of the entire lot or production run concerned (crop(s) or animal(s) affected) in accordance with Article 42(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848

New conversion period required

Limitation of certificate’s scope

Improvement of the implementation of the precautionary measures and the controls that the operator has put in place to ensure compliance

Critical

No reference to organic production in the labelling and advertising of the entire lot or production run concerned (crop(s) or animal(s) affected) in accordance with Article 42(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848

Prohibition of marketing products which refer to organic production for a given period in accordance with Article 42(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/848

New conversion period required

Limitation of the certificate’s scope

Suspension of the certificate

Withdrawal of the certificate


ANNEX II

OFIS templates as referred to in Article 9

1.

Template for a standard notification on suspected or established non-compliance

*First language:

Second language:

A.

Notifying Member State:

1)

Country:

2)

Competent authority – contact details:

*3)

Date of notification (DD/MM/YYYY):

*4)

Reference

B.

Notified Member State or Member States:

*1)

Country/countries:

2)

Competent authority/authorities – contact details:

C.

Product:

*1)

Category of product:

*2)

Product/trade name:

*3)

Country of origin:

4)

Description of the product (packaging size and form, etc.) – please attach copied or scanned seal or label:

5)

Identification of the lot (e.g. lot number, delivery number, delivery date, etc.):

6)

Other information:

D.

Traceability:

Please describe in detail the complete supply chain:

1)

Producer – contact details – competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body:

2)

Processor/seller in the country of origin – contact details – competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body:

3)

Importer in the notifying country – contact details – competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body:

4)

Wholesaler – contact details – competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body:

5)

Retailer or other operator in the notifying country, where the non-compliance has been detected – contact details – competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body:

Authority (ies):

Other actors:

E.

Non-compliance, suspicion of non-compliance, other problem raised:

*1)

Nature of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised.

Which non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised has been identified?:

*In what aspect does it represent a non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised with Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1)?:

2)

Context of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised – please attach a copy of invoice or other supporting documents:

Date of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised (DD/MM/YYYY):

Place of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised:

3)

Analysis of the samples/tests (if any) – please attach a copy of analysis report:

Date of sampling/testing (DD/MM/YYYY):

Place of sampling/testing:

Date of the analysis – report (DD/MM/YYYY):

Details (name of the laboratory, methods used, results):

Name of the substances found:

Level of the residues detected:

Is the level above the threshold allowed in food (or feed) in general?:

Is the level for labeling of GMO-contents overshot?:

F.

Market influence:

1)

Has the product been withdrawn from the market, blocked or marketed?:

2)

Which actors have been already informed?:

3)

Are other Member States affected? If so, which Member States?:

G.

Measures taken:

1)

Have any voluntary measures been taken (on the product/operator/market)?:

2)

Have any compulsory measures been taken?:

3)

What is the scope of the measures (national, regional, exports, etc.)?:

4)

Date of entry into force: (DD/MM/YYYY):

5)

Duration (in months):

6)

Justification/legal basis of the measures:

7)

Which competent authority or, where appropriate, control authority or control body has adopted the measures?:

H.

Other information/Evaluation:

I.

Annexes:

Copied or scanned documentation of the product (seal, label, etc.). Copy of invoice, documentary account or document of transport or delivery order. Analysis report and/or any other relevant documents:

2.

Template for a standard reply to a standard notification on suspected or established non-compliance

*First language:

Second language:

Version of reply:

A.

Notified Member State:

1)

Country:

2)

Competent authority – contact details:

*3)

Date (DD/MM/YYY):

*4)

Reference:

B.

Notification:

1)

Country:

2)

Competent authority – contact details:

*3)

Date of notification (DD/MM/YYYY):

*4)

Reference of notification (same as in point A.4 of the notification):

*5)

Product:

6)

Non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised:

C.

Investigation

1)

Which competent authority(-ies) or, where appropriate, control authority(-ies) and/or control body(-ies) are/were in charge of the investigation?:

2)

Describe cooperation between the different operators and competent authority(-ies) or, where appropriate, control authority(-ies) and/or control body(-ies) involved, in the different countries involved (if any)?:

3)

Which investigation methods/procedures have been used?:

For instance, have the operators concerned been submitted to a specific control?:

Have samples been taken and analysed?:

4)

What is the outcome of the investigation?:

What are the results of the inspections/analyses (if any)?:

Has the origin of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised been cleared out?:

What is your assessment on the seriousness of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised?:

5)

Have the origin of the contamination/non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised and the responsibility of the actors been clearly identified and established?:

Have the operators identified been involved in other non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised cases in the last 3 years?:

D.

Measures and penalties:

*1)

What preventive and corrective measures have been taken (e.g. as regards the distribution/circulation of the product on the Union market and third-country markets)?:

2)

What actions in case of non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised were taken on the operators and/or the products concerned? (2):

*Mode of actions (written form, warning, etc.)?:

Was the certification of the producer/processor limited, suspended or withdrawn?:

Date of entry into force of the actions (if any) (DD/MM/YYYY):

Duration of the actions (if any) (in months):

Competent authority or, where appropriate, control authority and/or control body which adopted and applied the actions (if any):

3)

Are additional inspections planned at the operators concerned?:

4)

What other measures are the competent authority or, where appropriate, the control authority or control body planning to prevent the occurrence of similar cases?:

E.

Other information:

F.

Annexes:

3.

Template for an alert notification

1.

Alert origin and status

Alerting Country:

Competent authority:

2.

Alerted country or countries

Country

Competent authority

Coordinator

Scope

3.

Non-compliance, fraud, other issue and suspicion thereof (hereinafter "non-compliance")

Title:

Description:

What is your assessment on the seriousness of the non-compliance?

Which actors have been already informed?

Detection context

Date:

Place:

Person/body detecting the non-compliance:

Union legislation at stake (reference(s)):

4.

Product traceability

Description

Name:

Brand/trade name:

Other aspects:

Consignment

Consignment/lot/delivery number:

Country of origin:

Total net/gross weight, volume:

Other information:

Supply chain – description of operators (name – type – contact details – control body/control authority (with contact details))

5.

Measures taken

0.

No action yet (please explain why)

1.

Prohibition of the placing on the market of the product(basis – date – quantities)

2.

Downgrading product to conventional (basis – date – quantities – from/to)

3.

Suspension of certificate of the operator (from/to – scope)

4.

De-certification of operator (as from)

5.

Other measures (please describe)

6.

Other information

7.

Files

4.

Template for a standard international notification on suspected or established non-compliance

Notifying country:

Country:

Notified Actor details:

Notified Actor Type:

Actor code:

Actor version:

Name:

Street:

Postcode:

Locality:

Telephone:

Mail:

Fax

Website link:

URL site:

Comments:

A.

Product:

*1)

Country of origin:

*2)

Category of product:

*3)

Product/trade name:

4)

Description of the product (packaging size and form, etc.) – please attach copied or scanned seal or label:

5)

Identification of the lot (e.g. lot number, delivery number, delivery date, etc.):

6)

Other information:

B.

Traceability:

Please describe in detail the complete supply chain:

1)

Producer – contact details – control authority or control body:

2)

Processor/seller/exporter in the country of origin – contact details – control authority or control body:

3)

Importer in the notifying country – contact details – control authority or control body:

4)

Wholesaler – contact details – control authority or control body:

5)

Retailer or other operator in the notifying country, where the non-compliance has been detected – contact details – control authority or control body:

Authority (ies):

Other actors:

C.

Non-compliance, suspicion of non-compliance, other problem raised:

*1)

Nature of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised.

Which non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised has been identified?:

*In what aspect does it represent a non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised with Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3)?:

2)

Context of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised – please attach a copy of invoice or other supporting documents:

Date of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised (DD/MM/YYYY):

Place of the detection of the non-compliance/suspicion of non-compliance/other problem raised:

3)

Analysis of the samples/tests (if any) – please attach a copy of analysis report:

Date of sampling/testing (DD/MM/YYYY):

Place of sampling/testing:

Date of the analysis – report (DD/MM/YYYY):

Details (name of the laboratory, methods used, results):

Name of the substances found:

Level of the residues detected:

Is the level above the threshold allowed in food (or feed) in general?:

Is the level for labeling of GMO-contents overshot?:

D.

Market influence:

1)

Has the product been withdrawn from the market, blocked?:

2)

Which actors have been already informed?:

3)

Are other Member States affected? If so, which Member States?:

E.

Measures taken:

1)

Have any voluntary measures been taken (on the product/operator/market)?:

2)

Have any compulsory measures been taken?:

3)

What is the scope of the measures (national, regional, exports, etc.)?:

4)

Date of entry into force: (DD/MM/YYYY):

5)

Duration (in months):

6)

Justification/legal basis of the measures:

7)

Which control authority or control body has adopted the measures?:

F.

Other information/Evaluation:

G.

Annexes:

Copied or scanned documentation of the product (seal, label, etc.). Copy of invoice, documentary account or document of transport or delivery order. Analysis report and/or any other relevant documents:

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(*)

Mandatory fields.

(1)  Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1).

(2)  Measure pursuant to Articles 29(1) and (2), 41(1) to (4) and 42 of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

(3)  Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 1).


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