Our symbol and standards

The Soil Association is a charity which promotes and develops sustainable approaches to food, farming and other products. We run an organic standards setting programme to write, update and modify the rules and regulations for organic production and processing as necessary. As a result of this rigorous standards setting process some of our standards (rules and regulations) are higher than those given by the law for organic food.

Soil Association Certification is a wholly owned subsidiary of the organisation. It carries out inspections and awards organic certification to farms and businesses that meet our standards. You will notice our symbol and certification number (UK 5) on many items of organic produce. Our certification business is the oldest and most experienced organic certifier in the UK and licenses about 80% of the organic food on sale in this country.

Standards review

We are currently reviewing our higher organic standards for aquaculture, processing, crops and livestock. A public consultation on the revised processing standards is taking place from Monday 30 November 2015 - Thursday 28 January 2016.