The Conversion Process

Creating a holistic farm organism

Conversion to Demeter – How to Start

Contact the certifying organisation in your country. If there is none in your area, please contact the International Certification Office (ICO) at certification@demeter.net. We will send you all the information you need to get started.

Step 1 – Application
Fill out an application form which tells us about your operation/business and activities. This is evaluated and any needed clarifications can be made.

Step 2a – Conversion for farmers
You then enter a conversion period.  If you have already been fully certified to organic standards for at least three years, conversion to Demeter usually takes a year.  If you are starting without organic certification usually this takes three years. A conversion plan is developed with a Demeter recognized advisor of your choice who will give you advice during conversion.

Step 2b – Clear processes for processors
You need to show us that you will be using Demeter raw materials and processing them in a way that meets the requirements of the International Demeter Biodynamic Standard.  As part of this you must have clear plans to ensure separation and traceability during processing.

Step 3 – Inspection
When you are ready the first inspection is arranged shortly before or during your main harvesting time to check that you are meeting the requirements of the Standard.

Step 4 – Certification
The results of your inspection are reviewed, and you are contacted with the results of the review.  If improvements are needed then we let you know.  Otherwise you are issued with a Demeter certificate and offered a contract which allows you to use the Demeter trademark on and with your products.

Are you ready? Find the application forms here. Find more details in the conversion brochure.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is special about biodynamic farms?

Please see the biodynamic section of the website for some examples of biodynamic practice.

2. How long does the conversion process take?

For farms it usually takes three years to convert fully to Demeter status.  If the farm has been certified organic for three years or more, this can be shorter.
For processors it can happen quite quickly, you need to demonstrate that you have all the processes in place to ensure separation and traceability as well as raw materials and processing methods that meet the Demeter Standard.

2. How much does it cost?

Fees vary to a certain extent from country to country.  The fees for licensees of the Federation are available upon request: email to certification@demeter.net

3. How can I market my Demeter certified products?

Once you are certified you will receive a Demeter certificate and be able to use the Demeter brand on your products. Your packaging and labels will need approval from your certification body. Find information about labelling here.  If you need raw materials or have raw materials to sell, please contact our raw materials coordinator for assistance. 

If you have other questions please contact us!

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