2011-13 - European Union (EU) Third country listing provision

​​Date Issued: 23 December 2011
AQIS Notice Number: 2011/13
AQIS File Number:
Date of Effect: Immediate
Date of Expiry:Until Further Notice
AQIS Contact: Julie Crockett + 61 2 6272 3933
Email: NPG Exports 
Distribution Category: Approved Certifying Organisations
Last Notice in the category: nil
Instruction issued under: Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders


  1. To remind approved certifying organisations of the legal provision if listed under European Reg​ulations pertaining to Third Country Listing.


  1. Australia has an equivalence arrangement with Europe for the trade of certified Australian organic plant and plant products.
  2. To be eligible to export to the EU community, certified Australian organic plant and plant products must be of Australian origin and listed on a Certificate of Inspection for Import of Products from Organic Production into the European Community (Ex11300) issued by an organisation listed on the EU Third Country List (EC) 1235/2008. This official listing of a certifying organisation by the EU does not include inspection and certification activities in countries other than Australia.
  3. The approved certifying organisation issuing the Certificate of Inspection must verify that all certified products are compliant with the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce prior to export. This can be accomplished via a physical inspection of the shipment or a risk assessment procedure, which must be documented in the QM manual and records of decisions for each shipment retained for audit and review.


  1. The certified plant and plant products exported to European countries must be of Australian origin;
  2. Ingredients, such as natural colours, which are not available in Australia may only be used providing these substances comply with the National Standard;
  3. The EU listing of Australian approved certifying organisations does not extend to other countries.


Relevant AQIS approved certifying organisations must ensure they have documented evidence that:

  1. Their QM system and policies conform to European Regulations.
  2. An Ex11300 Certificate of Inspection is only issued for plant and plant products of Australian origin – Product of Australia or Made in Australia in line with the Australian Government criteria.
  3. Australia’s Certificate of Inspection (Ex11300) are never issued for plant and plant products produced and exported by operators certified in another country.
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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