ARCHIVE: Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS)
ACOS is a non-executive, non departmental public body (NDPB) comprising of an independent Chair and members drawn from a wide range of interests in organic food (such as producers, processors, distributors, consumers, researchers, enforcement authorities) and those drawn from organisations with a wider interest in environmental matters or in animal health and welfare. Its members are drawn from all countries of the United Kingdom.
Is its remit England only or UK wide?
ACOS is a UK body and with the agreement of the Devolved Administrations and in consultation with them, organic standards are dealt with by Defra for the UK acting as Competent Authority for the purposes of Council Regulation 834/2007.
What does ACOS do?
ACOS fulfils two main functions: the first is to provide the advice noted above on the development and implementation of organic standards. The second, is to assist Defra with its supervision of the control system, in particular the approval and control of the organic inspection bodies which licence individual organic operators. It also has a role in terms of delivering advice on the development of Defra’s organic R&D programme and a more general role in terms of intelligence about the organic sector.
A review of the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS) a Defra Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) was launched in August 2007.
The review was completed in Spring 2008 and the report has now been published: Review of the Advisory Committee on organic standards (ACOS) 2007 (PDF 402 KB)
Background information on ACOS
- ACOS members' interests (30 KB) - updated March 2008
ACOS R&D Committee
- Information on the ACOS Research and Development Committee (30 KB) (published July 2006)
- ACOS Report on strategic priorities for organic research and development (160 KB) (published July 2006)
- ACOS Research and Development Committee supplementary report (50 KB) (published July 2006)
Minutes of meetings
(We only publish recent minutes on this website. If you need to access older material, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- ACOS meeting - 28 July 2010 (200 KB)
- ACOS meeting - 18 March 2010 (210 KB)
- ACOS meeting – 3 December 2009 (100 KB)
- ACOS meeting - 24 September 2009 (100 KB)
- ACOS meeting - 29 July 2009 (190 KB)
- ACOS meeting - 28 May 2009 (100 KB)
- ACOS meeting - 19 March 2009 (100 KB)
- Annual report 2005 (200 KB)
Access to information
- ACOS Publication Scheme prepared in accordance with Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (30 KB)
Page last modified: 9 November 2010
Page published: 26 November 2003