Standards Australia is currently revising AS 6000 – 2009 Organic and Biodynamic Products to take into account updated requirements, methods and technology.
The objective of AS 6000 is to provide a framework for the organic industry covering production, preparation, transportation, labelling and marketing.
The Standard provides minimum requirements for products with labelling that states or implies they have been produced under organic or biodynamic systems.
The Standard aims to serve as a guide to farmers, producers and consumers and to harmonise national provisions for the production, identification and labelling of organically and biodynamically grown products.
The main changes in this revision are to update:
- Requirements for the conversion of land into a production system for organic or biodynamic products;
- Conditions for the use of synthetic amino acids;
- Requirements for Livestock Housing and Range Management; and
- General principles and requirements for Biodynamic Production.
Richard Souness, chairman of Technical Committee FT-032, Organic and Biodynamic Products, said, “The Australian Standard AS 6000 serves as a guide for industry, producers and consumers on all aspects of the organic and biodynamic industry, from production to labelling to marketing. It aims to protect consumers against deceptive and unsubstantiated product claims, and also protect organic producers against misinterpretation of other agricultural products as organic.”
“The Standard is now being revised to take into account updated requirements, methods and technology. We invite public comment on the proposed revision to AS 6000.”
In accordance with Standards Australia’s standards development process, the proposed draft of AS 6000 will be open for public comment from Tuesday, 17 February, 2015 to Tuesday, 21 April, 2015.