NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard

The NASAA Standards are your guide to achieving Certified Organic status.

It is essential that you read through the relevant Standards applicable to your operation before submitting an application for certification.

pdf NASAA Organic Standard (1.56 MB)  (Updated Feb 2016).

NASAA has initiated a comprehensive review of the NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that requirements detailed in the Standard are current and up to date with National and International Regulatory requirements for organic production, processing and trading.  NASAA invites all members, inspectors and certified NCO operators to actively engage in contributing to the review process.  Your experience in practical implementation of the requirements of the current Standard will provide valuable feedback to us.

The Standard provides a framework for the organic industry covering production, processing, transportation, labelling and importation.

The National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce (referred to as 'the Standard') was first implemented in 1992 as the Australian Export Standard for products labelled Organic or Biodynamic.

The Standard stipulates minimum requirements for products placed on the market with labelling which states or implies that they have been produced under Organic or Biodynamic systems.

The Standard aims to ensure conditions of fair competition in the market place by distinguishing those products produced according to this Standard from those produced by other means.

Use of the Standard provides transparency and credibility for the industry and protects the consumer against deception and fraud.

Certifying organisations that have been accredited by the Australian competent authority apply this Standard as a minimum requirement to all products produced by operators certified under this system.

The Standard forms the basis of equivalency agreements between approved certifying organisations and importing country requirements. Individual certifying organisations may stipulate additional requirements to those detailed here.

The certifying organisations have documented procedures and policies which are able to confirm that Certified Operators under their control comply with this Standard.