What are Organic Standards?
Our standards are the most widely used, recognised and trusted organic standards in the UK and they have a strong international reputation.
EU law ensures that all organic food and drink sold in shops meets strict standards – shown by the green leaf logo on pack.
The Soil Association wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection, so we have our own higher – or stricter – standards in key areas. The standards put our principles into practice and are at the heart of our work.
Soil Association Certification is our independent certification body. It carries out inspections and awards organic certification to farms and businesses that meet our standards. You will notice our symbol and certification number (GB-ORG-05) on many items of organic produce. Our certification business is the UK’s oldest and most experienced and licenses over 70% of the organic food on sale here.