3rd meeting of the UNCTAD/ FAO/ IFOAM International Task Force on Harmonisation and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture
17-19 November 2004
The main focus of this meeting revolved around two main discussion papers: an overall long-term strategy and a short-term action plan describing practical activities to be initiated by the ITF immediately, so as to improve the situation for organic trade.
The ITF did not endorse the idea of establishing a new international
oversight body as proposed in the long term strategy paper. Instead, the existing
systems should be improved towards facilitating the trade of organic products.
Based on the proposals in the strategy papers, the ITF agreed to pursue the
idea of a) a standards/conformity assessment requirements database, b) a consumer
study, c) a study on equivalency models, d) a study on experiences with cooperations
between governments and private bodies (e.g. accreditation bodies), e) guidelines
for collaboration between conformity assessment bodies and f) an analysis of
conformity assessment requirements and their relevance to organic certification.
|Report of the 3rd ITF meeting||Report|
|Strategy on Solutions for Harmonising International Regulation of Organic Agriculture||Draft Discussion Paper|
|Short-Term Actions Towards Harmonising International Regulation of Organic Agriculture||Draft Discussion Paper|
|International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalency in Organic Agriculture (ITF)||Presentation|
|Harmonisation and Trade. Key Definitions and Potential Role of the WTO||Draft Discussion Paper|
|Current Status of Harmonisation in Organic Trade||Presentation|
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