The Australian Certified Organic Standard is the rule book for businesses that are certified organic with Australian Organic’s certifying arm, Australian Certified Organic.
It is reviewed every three years to ensure it meets industry expectations and changes with new practices and research. The Standard applies to a range of organic businesses – food and drink, cosmetics, fibre, farmers, processors, retailers and manufacturers of certified organic ingredients.
Although there are national organic and biodynamic standards set by the Australian Government, as an organic certifier Australian Certified Organic is required to have its own standard.
As one of the strictest standards in Australia, the Australian Certified Organic Standard brings together the requirements of national and international relevant standards so consumers have a simple choice when buying organic produce.
The high quality of the Australian Certified Organic Standard has earned direct equivalence with the European Union for livestock and wine export, whereas Australia’s national organic standard hasn’t been able to achieve this.
The Standard is upheld by regular and random annual audits of certified organic companies and products holding organic certification.