Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow the easy steps outlined below and your application will be underway...
If you intend to avail of payments under the current tranche of the OFS (Organic Farming Scheme), you must ensure that you complete the on-line OFS application requirements.
Finally, you must also complete the mandatory training course if you have not already completed same. Potential applicants should note that the Organic Trust also run the mandatory production courses on strategic dates during the year and some of these take place over weekends – please telephone the Organic Trust office (01 8530271) for full details of the courses available. Please note that you will be given until September 1st 2019 to complete the mandatory organic production course and to upload the certificate of attendance by this date.
Full details of the conditions of entry to the Organic Farming Scheme are available via this link: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organicfarmingscheme/
It is important to emphasise that it is not a mandatory requirement to avail of payments under the Organic Farming Scheme - new entrants to organic production can convert their holdings in the absence of payments under the OFS at any time.
The process to obtain an organic licence in these categories is very straightforward - simply complete the relevant application form (available on the website) and submit to Organic Trust together with the items specified on the final page of the relevant application form - if you require clarification on any point of the application process, simply telephone Helen Scully on 01 8530271 and your queries can be responded to immediately.
Potential processors (including importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers) may wish to avail of the Organic Trust's competitively priced Adequacy Audit (contact Helen Scully in the office for details – 01 8530271).
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. The details of the Organic Farming Scheme (when re-opened to new entrants) will be made available as soon as they are published by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture. Please note that there is no guarantee that the OFS will re-open for applications from new entrants prior to 01.01.2021.
In addition capital grants will be available for the purchase of specific equipment and for buildings (both producers and processors) – click on this link for details http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organiccapitalinvestmentschemeocis/
(excluding 2329-2017 which can be accessed below)