Production and processing of organic products for the Japanese market is regulated in the Japanese Agriculture Standard (JAS). The certified products are identified with the official JAS organic seal of the Japanese government. All plant products (foodstuffs) which shall be labelled with "organic" for sales in Japan must be labelled with the JAS seal and must be certified according to the JAS standard.
IMO is registered by MAFF (Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and inspects and certifies organic food and feed products in the fields of agriculture and processing that are aimed for export to the Japanese organic market.

Scope / What needs to be certified

The JAS organic standard covers agricultural food crops growing in fields (incl. wild collected prdoucts – plant products or funghi), livestock products, funghi, processed food and animal feed.

The following products can NOT be JAS certified: Hors-sol cultures, products from rockwool production, etc.; apiary, aquaculture products and marine products; spirulina, seaweed and other algae; alcoholic beverages or drugs.

Certification requirements

The JAS standard for organic foodstuffs is presented in various documents (Law N° 175 of 1950 regarding labelling as the basis, and related standards and notifications with the requirements for organic production). (For a link to the official standard texts see bellow.)

Certification procedures

JAS certification requires a separate certification process, although the conformity with requirements may of course be verified in an inspection combined with the verification for other standards as the EU Regulation (EC) N° 834/2007 and (EC) N° 889/2008 or the US NOP Standard.
IMO certified Operations who wish to apply also for JAS certification should contact their local IMO office to receive information about the addtional fees for JAS certification as well as the application documents.
Operators who are not yet IMO clients and wish to apply for JAS inspection & certification >> see our information how to become certified.


>> JAS law (english)

Short history

The Japanese Agricultural Standard (a broad system of standards concerning agricultural and forestry prdoucts, consisting of the ‘JAS Standards System’ and the ‘Quality Labeling Standards System’) regulates labelling of agricultural products (not only organic) and is governed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF). The labelling standard came into force in 1950 with the Law N° 175, ‘The Law Concerning Standardization and Proper Labeling of Agricultural and Forestry Products’.
In 2000, the JAS Standard has been extended by requirements for organic production and processing of plant products. Enforcement date of the organic certification programme was April 1st, 2001. From this date, all agricultural plant products meant for human consumption sold in Japan must carry the JAS organic seal. In 2005, regulations for the organic production of livestock and feed have been added.



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