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Advisory Committee on Organic Standards
The UK Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS)

UKROFS was set up in 1987 in recognition of the countries need to unify standards in organic food production. It is an independent body, managed by a committee of persons all closely associated with the organic foods industry.

When the EC introduced regulation No. 2092/91, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food designated UKROFS as the certifying authority for implementing this regulation in the UK. As its name infers, UKROFS also maintains a register of approved organic food producers within the UK.

Standards for organic foods have been set on a National basis and are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

UKROFS have approved a number of independent bodies which carry out inspections and certification procedures of organic holdings on their behalf.

This organisation has now (2003) been superceded by an Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS).

Contact details:

UKROFS: http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/organic/ukrofs/
ACOS: http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/organic/acos/index.htm

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