In 2009 a Commonwealth Government review of the management of export certification for Organic produce resulted in the return of the AQIS Organic Program to the Food Exports Branch.
In order to provide cost savings, it was also agreed at this time that AQIS will cease oversight of the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce.
Subsequently, in May 2009 the Organic Industry Export Consultative Committee (OIECC), comprising of key Industry Stakeholders and AQIS, agreed that the National Standard will continue to be used as the requirement for export and the basis for equivalence negotiations with importing countries.
“A Council for all matters pertaining to standards and certification for the organic industry.”
As a result of the above developments, OIECC agreed in November 2009 to use the newly formed Organic Industry Standards and Certification Council (OISCC) as a replacement consultative mechanism, while acting as a Council for all matters pertaining to standards and certification for the organic industry – both domestically and for export.
This committee immediately commenced the duties formally undertaken by OIECC, including servicing the financial commitment of the Secretariat services previously supported by AQIS.
The Organic Mark is Australia’s own national organic seal, and is available for use for operators who comply with the Australian National Standards for Organic and Biodynamic Produce.
It is registered as a Certification Trade Mark with the ACCC, and is underpinned by the Consumer Law 2010.
The Organic Mark must be displayed in conjunction with a certifying body’s logo.
Certified organic producers, processors and others who wish to apply the Organic Mark must contact their certification body for details.