Organic and differentiated quality products

Can Spanish foods with Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) continue to be sold in the United Kingdom? Will their names be protected?

With regard to the first question, in principle, the United Kingdom will apply the same rules to the importation of products covered by PDO or PGI (wines, spirits and agri-food products) as to the import of similar products without a geographical indication.

Regarding the protection of their names, the Withdrawal Agreement establishes that, as of 31 December 2020, the PDOs and PGIs of the European Union registered and therefore legally protected in the Community territory will enjoy the same level of protection in the United Kingdom as the degree of protection  granted by European regulations. However, new PDOs / PGIs that are registered in the EU as of 1 January 2021 must be registered in the UK under its own legislation.

What protection will the Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) of products recognized in the United Kingdom have in the European market?

The British PDO / PGI registered and therefore legally protected in the Community territory until 31 December 2020, will enjoy in the European Union the same level of protection as that granted by the current European Union regulations in force. The new PDOs / PGIs that are registered in the United Kingdom after that date must in turn go through the administrative processing of the EU.

Is the European organic production logo recognized in the UK?

Yes, Spanish organic products certified according to European Organic Production Regulations will maintain their status as organic in the United Kingdom (Organic farming products).

Can organic products continue to be exported to the UK?

Yes. As a temporary measure, and until 30 June 2021, organic products from the EU may continue to be exported to the United Kingdom without the need to present a certificate of inspection (COI) at the border. As of 1 July 2021, the export of organic products to the UK will require the presentation of a Certificate of Inspection (COI) for each shipment.

In addition, the new European legislation on organic / organic / bio production that will come into force in 2022, will be evaluated by a joint EU-UK Working Group to search for equivalence between both European and British legislation.

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