Second Meeting of the International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF)
20 - 21 October 2003
Room XXVI, 1st floor, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

The ITF is a joint initiative of, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and UNCTAD. At its first meeting in February 2002 in Nuremberg, the Task Force agreed upon its Terms of Reference and a workplan for the next 18 months. The present meeting will focus on a review of the existing organic standards, regulations and conformity assessment systems including

  • Their impact on international trade in organic agriculture products;

  • Extent of international harmonisation;

  • Models and mechanisms of equivalency and mutual recognition;

As outlined in the workplan, five discussion/background papers are being prepared to support the Task Force`s deliberations. The topics of these papers are:

  1. Overview of Current Status of Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems

  2. Impact of Organic Guarantee Systems on Production and Trade of Organic Products

  3. Background Paper Concerning the EU Regulation 2092/91: Implications for Developing Countries and Relations to WTO Rules

  4. Extent of International Harmonization and Transparency Mechanisms

  5. Existing and Potential Models and Mechanisms for Equivalency and Mutual Recognition.

Discussions will address each of these topics with a view to assessing the current situation and drawing conclusions as well as recommendations for action, including issues for further work by the Task Force.


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