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.