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FAQ Natural food and Products - Frequently Asked Questions - Organic Link - ITC(5)

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     Which kinds of standards are relevant for production of and trade in natural products?

     Standards relevant for production of and trade in natural products may be grouped into those relevant for the quality of the natural product itself, as well as those which relate to sustainability aspects of the product - social and environmental. The specific standards relevant for a certain natural product depend to a large extent on in which market it is to be sold. Markets for natural ingredients in food, cosmetics and chemicals, as well as pharmaceutical and phyto-medicinal industries may require different quality standards to be complied with. Secondly, different importers and manufacturer may have different technical and quality requirements to their raw materials, and regulatory requirement also vary between import markets. Aiming at niche markets like the organic or fair trade markets, or improving the competitive edge through compliance with additional sustainability aspects of the product and its handling, would require compliance with relevant standards on such factors as well.