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Beyond the Bale : Feb - Mar 08 Supplement
ECO-TRENDS SUPPLEMENT BEYOND THE BALE 11 ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) accreditation is a legal requirement for all organically certified labelled product exported from Australia. AQIS regulates various accrediting bodies which, on a fee basis, guide producers through a three-year conversion process: Year 1: Pre Certification Full compliance with the selected production standards is required during this 'pre-conversion' period demonstrating the grower's ability to manage the enterprise organically. Years 2 and 3: In-Conversion Certification Inspection by a certifying body to ascertain the degree to which a grower has met the selected standards requirements; a successful 'in-conversion' period will generally take two years. Year 3 and onwards: Organic Certification After at least three years of consecutive organic management, full certification may be reached; compliance with production standards must continue to allow a grower to retain their "certified organic" status. Source: National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), www.nasaa.com.au/steps1a.html For more information on certifying bodies in Australia, see the relevant section on the back page of this supplement. Depending on the market for which your wool is destined, see the relevant standard below. ORGANIC Producers must have at least three years of consecutive organic management before they can achieve full certification. Certified organic wool: Wool grown by sheep raised on organically certified farms and harvested according to appropriate organic practices, that is, the farm uses no chemicals in animal or farm management. Who's who in the world of accreditation and standards? European Union: EU Ecolabel The EU Ecolabel is administered by the European Eco-labelling Board (EUEB) and receives the suppor t of the European Commission, all Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). The EU-Ecolabel flower logo communicates to consumers a limited use of substances harmful to the environment and health, as well as reduced water and air pollution. More information: www.eco-label.com European Union: EKO Sustainable Textiles Standard Created and regulated by Control Union Cer tifications (CUC, formerly SKAL). The EKO Textiles Standard ensures that natural fibres come from inspected organic farmers, as defined by EEC Regulation No. 2092/91 for organic production, or NOP cer tified natural fibres. More information: www.controlunion.com/certification/program/Program. aspx?Program_ID=16 European Union: Oëko-tex Standard 100 Comprehensively addresses the human ecology component of textile products. It evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed textiles intended to come into contact with consumers. More information: www.eco-tex.org European Union: bluesign® standard The bluesign® standard is not about testing finished products. Rather, before production begins, components and processes are selected to ensure they meet the specified criteria.This guarantees maximum implementation of resource productivity and environmental health and safety. More information: www.bluesign-tech.com Global: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) IFOAM is a democratic organisation that unites 750 member organisations in 108 countries. IFOAM offers the Organic Guarantee System (OGS), which aims to unite the organic world through a common system of standards and verification. It fosters equivalence among par ticipating cer tifiers, paving the way for more orderly and reliable trade. More information: www.ifoam.org Global: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) This standard released in Februar y 2006 is driven by four major organic cer tifiers and aims to be an international standard replacing or integrating the various country-based alternatives for post-farm handling. Unlike many standards, GOTS covers textile processing and labelling, and has implications such as chemistr y requirements, allowable labour standards, and residue testing of final products. GOTS is IFOAM accredited. More information: www.global-standard.org The US: The National Organic Program (NOP) Regulated by the US Depar tment of Agriculture, the NOP standard has raw wool production implications; it addresses only the methods, practices and substances used in primary production, not final product. More information: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/NOP/standards.html Japan: Japanese Organic Standard (JAS) Administered by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestr y and Fisheries (MAFF) the JAS has no animal product requirements.This standard is currently being reviewed. More information: www.maff.go.jp/soshiki/syokuhin/hinshitu/e_label/ specificJAS-organic.htm
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