ACT Organic Standards

ACT Organic Standards 2016, the latest version, was approved by the Board of Directors of Foundation of Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand on February 24, 2017 and became effective on March 31, 2017.
Existing certified operators may elect to comply with the new standards right away or wait until March 31, 2017. However, compliance with the new standards is required immediately for newly applying operators and existing operators seeking changes to their certification (e.g., adding or switching to new products, production areas, types of production).
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The first ACT Organic Standards were formulated by ACT Standards Committee in line with IFOAM Basic Standards and approved by ACT General Assembly in 1999. The standards have since been expanded and revised several times to keep pace with the development of organic agriculture in Thailand and around the world.  

The scope of ACT Organic Standards now encompasses crop production, processing and handling, wild harvest, aquaculture, commercial inputs, aquaculture, restaurants offering organic menus, livestock production, and beekeeping. Our comprehensive standards serve as a basis for evaluating organic products at any stage of the production process, from field to finished product.

ACT Organic Standards comprise the following components:

  1. Definitions provides the meaning of terms used in these standards to assist standard users and facilitate communication among all involved in the certification process.
  2. Principles and Aims of Organic Farming & Processing outlines the principles and goals which producers/operators shall pursue and base their organic production systems on.
  3. Recommended Practices are the ideal or best organic practices recommended by ACT, but not mandatory.
  4. Standards contains descriptions of the criteria that must be fulfilled in order to claim compliance with the standards.
  5. Appendixes

Appendix 1 contains lists of permitted inputs for organic production, i.e. fertilizers and soil conditioners, products and measures for pest and disease control, plant regulators, cleansing agents, disinfectants, additives used in products for pest control, and inputs for livestock production and beekeeping.

Appendix 2 contains lists of substances permitted for use as additives, carriers, and processing aids in organic processing.

Appendix 3 contains lists of permitted substances and methods for organic aquaculture, i.e. products and methods used for cleaning, disinfection, and pest and disease control; products used as feed ingredients.

Appendix 4 provides guidelines for evaluating and approving the use of inputs not listed in Appendix 1.

Appendix 5 provides guidelines for evaluating and approving the use of substances not listed in Appendix 2.

Appendix 6 describes ACT Organic Standards revision procedures.