Unlike conventional produce, certified organic farms are inspected annually to ensure correct organic farming processes are being followed and produce is tested for chemical residues.

Therefore the only way to ensure that a product adheres to these standards, is to purchase certified organic food. 

Farmers may claim to be organic or spray free, however unless a grower has been through the certification process, there is no way to know whether the food is to an appropriate organic standard through all parts of the production process. 

In Australia, organic certification is performed by several organizations that are accredited by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) under the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce. 

Certification is government-accredited and requires annual onsite inspections.  It covers the whole supply chain from producer, processing, wholesaling, and exporting.

These bodies conduct testing of products produced in Australia and also imported product, which is labelled with their logo.  The testing includes testing soils on farm, water, harvested product and finished packaged product.  

Currently there are 7 registered DAFF accredited certifying bodies.

Australian Certified Organic (ACO)

NASAA Certified Organic

Organic Food Chain



Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)

Safe Food Production Queensland (SFQ)

The Tasmanian Organic Producers (TOP)