Mandatory Use of the OF&G logo on packaging from 1 January 2018
Date Published: 05/12/2017
The organic regulation requires that the Control Body code (GB-ORG-02 in the case of OF&G) and the Organic Logo of the European Union (EU leaf) are used on all products produced and/or packed in the EU. As a result of this OF&G has not in the past insisted on the use of our logo on products certified by ourselves. Following the referendum vote last year however, UK operators and brand holders will not necessarily be able to use the EU leaf logo once the UK leaves the EU.
OF&G believe that it is important for certified organic products to have an identity through the use of a logo (alongside the CB code) in order to reassure the public that they are buying genuine organic products. The OF&G Board of Directors have discussed at length how we should respond to the change, especially as we are receiving more and more enquiries for electronic copies of our logo to use on packaging. The outcome of this is that the Board have requested a change in the OF&G standards to make the use of the OF&G logo on products certified by OF&G now mandatory on new packaging from 1 January 2018.
We’ve produced a Q&A sheet that gives answers to some of the common questions relating to this and also updated the labelling Technical Leaflet (TL 212 Labelling and Use of the OF&G/EU logos) to incorporate the new OF&G logo guidelines.
We do however recognise the additional cost for redesign and would not want packaging disposed of needlessly. We are, therefore, happy for operators to wait until there is a requirement to redesign packaging. At that point we would like to see the logo incorporated. It is understood that in some instances this may not be for a couple of years or more. OF&G would ask, however, that all NEW packaging presented to OF&G for authorisation includes the OF&G logo from 1 January 2018.
Where there are space constraints on labelling/packaging then your CO has the discretion to allow the legal minimum requirement use only.
If you have labels that you wish to use before making any amendments we will be applying a transitional period and you should speak to your certification officer for details.