Requirements for import


REQUIREMENTS IMPORT

The Bio Suisse Standards differ from minimum governmental regulations in several important respects, e. g. those of the EU (see the information note Summary of the Bio Suisse Standards for producers outside of Switzerland PDF 915 KB.

Especially noteworthy are: The whole-farm approach, the establishment of areas dedicated to the enhancement of biodiversity, and rigorous limits on the intensity of fertilization and on the use of copper.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SWISS IMPORTERS:

As an importer of organic products to be marketed with the "Bud" you must hold a valid licence contract with Bio Suisse and the import licence for the corresponding products. Also the suppliers must be certified according to Bio Suisse Standards (throughout all levels of trade from cultivation to export). Furthermore, the provisions of the Swiss Ordinance on Organic Farming SR 910.18 must be complied with in any case.

These requirements are listed in detail in the Import manual, the guide for the import of organic products to be marketed with the "Bud":

  • Import manual: version of February 9, 2016 (in German, French, Italian > see Downloads
  • Import restrictions of Bio Suisse: Extract from the Bio Suisse Standards - Annex to Part V, Principles and objectives > see Downloads
  • Individual import permits: Application form for the import of products with the "Bud" logo requiring an individual import permit (in German XLS 294 KB)
  • List of the producer associations directly approved by Bio Suisse (D/A)
  • GMO:
    - Form certifying GMO-free agriculture PDF 148 KB
    - Prevention of contamination of imported Bio Suisse approved products with GMOs PDF 288 KB
  • Code of conduct for responsible trade practices for importing "Bud" products (in German only) PDF 26 KB
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATIONS OUTSIDE OF SWITZERLAND:

    All foreign operations (from cultivation to export) supplying import products to the "Bud" channel must hold a valid Bio Suisse Certificate issued by an accredited inspection body. More here...

    • Compliance with the Bio Suisse Standards: in German, French, Italian only
      - Note of information: Summary of the Bio Suisse Standards, version of 2016 PDF 915 KB
      - Note of information: Declaration of conformity with the Bio Suisse Standards PDF 908 KB
      - Extract from the Bio Suisse Standards: Part V - Standards for imports, 2016 (see Downloads)
    • Detailed documentation of the operation for certification according to Bio Suisse Standards: On the ICB AG Website

    ACCOUNTABILITY IN PRODUCTION, PROCESSING AND TRADE OF IMPORTED ORGANIC "BUD" PRODUCTS

    Bio Suisse promotes responsible commercial practices among the partners of the value chain and the assumption of social accountability by he producers in the producing countries.

    More information on the projects (available in German, Italian, Spanish only):
    • Social accountability: (German)
    • Responsible commercial practices... (German)

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