Control Systems of Organic Production in Finland

Production and marketing of organic products in Finland is controlled by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres), the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira, municipalities, and Finnish Customs.

Evira Controls

  • food business operators, who prepare, store, wholesale, import and place on the market organic foodstuffs or who have contracted out their operations to subcontractors
  • those involved in packing, storing, the wholesale and retailing of organic seeds and plants
  • those who produce, commission the production of, store, retail and wholesale organic feed, as well as the related production, storage and wholesale activities themselves
  • those who import organic agricultural products and foodstuffs from non-EU countries

Local ELY Centres Control

  • producers and the production of organic agricultural products
  • processing of self-produced agricultural products on farms in a way considered minimal processing
  • marketing of organic agricultural products in the retail trade

Municipal Health Officers Control

  • marketing of organic foodstuffs in the retail trade

Valvira Controls

  • operators, who manufacture, store, wholesale, import and place on the market organically produced alcoholic beverages or who have contracted out their operations to subcontractors

Finnish Customs Controls

  • import of organically produced agricultural products, foodstuffs, feed, alcoholic beverages, seeds and plants from non-EU countries

The Regional Åland Government Controls

  • all organic production in the region of Åland