About Organic Farmers & Growers

OF&G certify more than half of UK organic land & provide support, information and licensing to Britain’s top organic food businesses

First launched in 1973 as a marketing cooperative for organic produce, in 1992 we became the first body to be approved by the government to carry out inspections and certify organic farmers and food producers.

Since then we have spread our expertise into other areas, offering inspection and certification for commercial composting, as well as a scheme for the product of anaerobic digestion, the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme.

We now certify over 1300 farmers, who farm more than half of the UK’s organic land, as well as companies ranging from small, independent processors to major multinationals.

Our role is to ensure that the European Organic standards are carried out on organic farms and businesses across the UK, and to offer support and guidance for businesses who are making the switch to organic.

From our offices just outside Shrewsbury in Shropshire, we provide services to organic business across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

I look at it as a whole business: having cows and sheep, the environmental stewardship, and being organic knits together. That holistic approach is what allows us to flourish.

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Producing organic poultry for Moy Park gives us a chance to make a reasonable income while maintaining the welfare of birds and appealing to consumers who understand the importance of welfare.

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We waited until 2015 to get organic certification on our cheese company. We wanted to get our cheese certified because there weren’t that many organic cheeses available in the UK so it does make your products stand out.

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What I like about working with OF&G is that you can pick up the phone to your organic certification officer anytime and ask questions. You get to know them and you can enjoy a laugh with them. It’s a supportive relationship.

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OF&G is committed to delivering the highest levels of integrity and impartiality within the Schemes it operates. This commitment ensures that we do not allow commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise our impartiality. To find out more about our certification credentials or commitment to impartiality please contact us today.

Organic Food & Farming Certification

Organic food and farming certification is OF&G’s main inspection and certification scheme. We are an approved UK certification body listed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and ‘GB-ORG-02‘ is the identifying code of OF&G and can be seen on labelling of organic food and farming products we certify; for example ‘Organic Certification: GB-ORG-02’.

Our organic standards are designed not only to meet the requirement of EU law (regulation EC 834/2007) but also to help guide UK businesses through the organic certification process while offering the best quality organic certification service in the UK.

The European Organic Regulation EC 834/2007 sets the core standards organic producers must adhere to across the EU.

The full details of our organic certification scheme and its requirements are outlined in the OF&G Organic Standards and Certification Manual (available here).

Additional interpretations/guidance and OF&G standards are included in the Certification Manual to expand on areas not covered by the regulation, such as compatibility with farm assurance schemes and food processing best practices.

Our experienced Certification Officers guide applicants through the requirements of the OF&G Certification Programme and assess the resulting reports from our inspectors. They then confirm compliance with the scheme and issue an organic certificate.

Certification Officers remain the main point of contact for licensees with regard to any queries about their certification.

Organic Cosmetic and Bodycare Standards

There is no legal requirement for natural cosmetics and bodycare products to be certified as organic. However, having them assessed by a recognised, trusted and independent third-party is an important selling point which brings confidence to shoppers.

OF&G has turned its expertise in organic inspection and licensing to this sector by developing its Cosmetic and Bodycare Standard.

This standard is based on the EU Organic Regulation (EC 834/2007) and the Nordic Ecolabelling Standards.

Compost Certification Scheme

OF&G is contracted by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL), a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association, to offer PAS100 and the Compost Quality Protocol (or its equivalent in Scotland).

OF&G’s highly-trained and experienced Certification Officers guide applicants through the requirements of the scheme and assess the resulting reports from our inspectors, before confirming compliance with the scheme and issuing a certificate.

Certification Officers remain the main point of contact for licensees with regard to any queries about their certification.

Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

OF&G is contracted by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL), a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association, to offer PAS110 and the Anaerobic Digestate Quality Protocol (or its equivalent in Scotland).

OF&G’s Certification Officers guide applicants through the requirements of the scheme and assess the resulting reports from our inspectors, before confirming compliance with the scheme and issuing a certificate.

Certification Officers remain the main point of contact for licensees with regard to any queries about their certification.