China's first international arrangement of mutual recognition of organic products certification
On Nov. 14, AQSIQ Vice Minister and CNCA Director, Sun Dawei and MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) Director- General Martyn Dunne signed The Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Certified Organic Products between China National Certification and Accreditation Administration and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry. The Arrangement is China's first international mutual recognition of organic products certification signed with foreign countries, and the first internationally recognized certification in China’s green product certification system. The Arrangement is significant for implementing the new FTA agreement, promoting organic industry and trading development between the two nations and improving quality of imported organic products between the two countries. At the same time, it will enhance the authority and international influence of China's organic certification system and promote China's organic products, standards and certification to the world's mainstream market.
China and New Zealand are important countries in the global production and trade of organic products.In 2015, sales of organic products in China reached 60 billion yuan; the cumulative organic certification was issued 13,000; the organic production area was about 1.6 million hectares. From January to November this year China has issued 1.54 billion organic codes and has realized 890-million- dollar export of organic products. New Zealand is a developed country with organic industry and complete organic certification system. It has reached mutual recognition agreements with the EU and the US. New Zealand has nearly 2,000 organic production and processing enterprises with organic products output value of more than 400 million US dollars, of which 70% is export. China has become one of New Zealand’s partner of highest export besides Europe, the United States and Australia. The main organic products exported to New Zealand through China are coffee, frozen vegetables, grains, pet food and other raw materials; New Zealand exports of organic products to China mainly include dairy products, meat, fruits, etc.
Under the agreement, the two sides reached a consensus on organic product standards, certification requirements, mutual recognition scope and follow-up supervision, which facilitated the development of organic industry and trade of the two countries. International trade facilitation and regulatory cooperation. For China, on the one hand, it can effectively promote the export of Chinese organic products and help to expand the international mainstream market; on the other hand, it can effectively regulate the import of organic product certification behaviour and use of signs to expand imports of high-quality organic products from New Zealand to meet the growing domestic organic consumption demand, boosting green development and supply reform.
Under the Mutual Recognition Arrangement, both China and New Zealand confirm the equivalence of the organic products certification systems of the two countries and recognize each other's organic certification results mutually. Each batch of organic products exported from New Zealand to China is accompanied by an Organic Export Certificate issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry; equally, each batch of organic products exported to New Zealand is accompanied by a unified organic product certification issued by a Chinese certification body. In addition, all the organic products exported from China to New Zealand or from New Zealand to China are required to impose China organic certification mark and organic code.
The agreement also stipulates that the CNCA and the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries are responsible for supervising the certification of their organic products and informing them of the nonconformities found in organic products to ensure that the organic products to meet the requirements of all parties The two sides will also inform each other of their organic certification laws, regulations and standards changes, requiring the other to provide organic certification bodies and organic industry-related information.