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There are two ways to export and sell organic products named as "organic" to Japan.

For one, be Imported organic products can carry Organic JAS logos if they are produced or manufactured by overseas producers or manufacturers certified by the Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies or the Accredited Overseas Certifying Bodies and are distributed.

Second, imported organic products can be relabeled with JAS logos by importers certified by the Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies. Relabeling with JAS logos are possible only when the imported organic products carry export certificates issued by the government agencies or quasi-governmental organization in those countries.

Flows of Imported Products with JAS Logos.


1. Grading by Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies or Accredited Overseas Certifying Bodies.

Flow

a.  The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries registers Japanese Certifying Bodies or Overseas Certifying Bodies.
b.  Those Accredited Certifying Bodies certify producers, manufacturers and other business entities of agricultural and forestry products.
c.  The certified producers, manufacturers or other business entities produce, or manufacture products, and attach JAS logos to the products.

2. Labeling of Organic JAS Logos by Importers Certified by Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies.

Flow

a.  Third party certifiers under legislations of overseas countries whose organic rules and standards Japan approved as equivalent certify organic foods in accordance with the organic rules and standards of those countries.
b.  Government agencies or quasi-governmental organizations of the countries with organic equivalency issue export certificates to certify the organic foods produced or manufactured in the countries were graded in accordance with the organic system of the countries.
c.  Importers certified by Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies import organic foods and relabel the Organic JAS logo to the products in Japan.

Note:
  1.   Countries whose organic rules and standards Japan approved as equivalent are provided in Article 37 of the Ministerial Ordinance.
  2.   The importers authorized to attach the Organic JAS logo to the products are limited to those who are certified by Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies in order to guarantee the adequacy of imported organic foods by:
  a).  Guidance by the MAFF or Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies to the relevant parties in the case of improper labeling; and
  b).   Management of the importers by Accredited Japanese Certifying Bodies, including keeping grading records.

 

Contact

Food Standards Office, Food Manufacture Affairs Division,
Food Industry Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Tel:+81-3-6744-2098
Email:jas_soudan@maff.go.jp