Processors and Retailers

This information is for Processors/Retailers/Distributors – people involved in the further processing of organic produce, i.e. packing, modifying, storing.

The Organic Standards for Food and Farming are available from the Irish Organic Association. This sets out the methods and practices that are recommended in organic farming and processing. The Organic Standards are the set of rules and guidelines that those converting to and certified as organic must adhere to.

Complete the relevant application form for your enterprise and return it to IOA with as much information as possible about the products/premises for which you require certification.
Once your application has been reviewed you will be contacted by an inspector to arrange an initial inspection of the premises covered by the application.

The inspection report is independently reviewed by the Certification Panel and approved and a full organic symbol is granted immediately – there is no conversion period for processors, however approval will only be granted once the standards are deemed to be complied with.

Download an Application Form

If you require more information on organic processing please contact email our Processing advisor at

There are strict guidelines on how to label a product as organic. This is based on the Organic Food and Farming Standards. For more information on labelling please download the guidelines below:

IOA Labelling Guidelines

Importing from outside of the EU

All consignments must notify in advance the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine by email to for more information please click on the document below.

Circular 01 of 2021 Third Country Importing

The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine have issued a procedures document regarding importing animals and animal products in the event of a disorderly Brexit. Click on the link below to read the full document.

Trader Notice Import Procedures for Animals and Animal Products from the UK