On May 8, 2018, the Organic Agriculture Promotion Act was officially promulgated in Taiwan. The Act consists of six chapters and 42 articles in total, specifying the general principle, certification requirements, verification requirements, management rules and penalty provisions.
According to the Act, organic farming practice (farming without applying synthetic chemicals, genetically modified organisms or their products) will be eligible for government support and incentives. Groups or individuals shall apply and get approved and certified before running an organic farming business. Substances used in the production, processing, distribution and transport must be contained in the list announced by the authority.
International stakeholders that wish to use the “organic” labeling claim must meet 1 of the following criteria:
- Their agricultural products and production sites are certified by organizations that are recognized by Taiwan
- Their agricultural products are certified by organizations that are qualified by other countries or WTO members to issue certificate; meanwhile, international stakeholders shall obtain product approval document issued by central competent authority (Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan).
The labeling of organic agricultural products shall contain the following items:
- Product name
- The name, address, contact number of retailing organization
- Country of origin
- Verifying organization
- Certificate number
- Other items required by the authority
The Act will take effect on May 8, 2019. Violators will be subject to significant fines.
For full English version of Organic Agriculture Promotion Act, please contact Chemlinked.