Strict specifications for organic botanical ingredients
The production of an organic botanical ingredient must comply with very precise specifications, which are based on a series of measures focused on maintaining natural balances. The following is an overview of the criteria defined in the European regulation for the production of organic ingredients:
A period of several years for the conversion of a cultivation area to organic farming;
The preservation and development of life and the natural fertility of the soil, particularly based on crop rotation or the spreading of composted organic materials;
Excluding synthetic chemicals based on alternative protection methods (ex. biocontrol);
Ban on genetically modified organisms (GMO);
Strict standards for cleaning and disinfecting buildings and installations, including organic botanical ingredients storage areas.
A controlled supply chain
Compliance to specifications of organic farming is verified by a certification body. The regulation requires an on-site inspection at least once a year. Random checks can also be added to this annual inspection.
The certification body carries out a physical and documentary check. Producers must keep their plant production booklet up to date including many details on the production conditions of their organic botanical ingredients.
At Natural Origins, we have decided to offer additional guarantees to our partners. All batches of organic botanical ingredients sourced by our teams are systematically controlled. They are thoroughly analysed by an independent French laboratory. You can find all of these organic botanical ingredients on our e-platform.
You would like to know more about the quality criteria of an organic botanical ingredient? Feel free to download ourebook on organic ingredients.
European regulation 834/2007 of the Council of 28 June 2007. EU Official Journal – L-189 of 20 July 2007.
European regulation 889/2008 of the Commission of 5 September 2008. EU Official Journal– L-250 of 18 September 2008.