Dear Valued QAI Customers,
At Quality Assurance International, we take seriously our responsibility to ensure the integrity of organic products sold around the world. From time to time, we may modify our policies to address issues that have arisen that could jeopardize confidence in organic certification.
The Organic Program of the government of Taiwan places special emphasis on zero-detection of pesticide residues and prohibited additives for all organic products, and has a comprehensive program for market surveillance and residue testing. Unique to Taiwan, organic certifiers are held accountable for any products which they certify and which test positive for prohibited materials. Upon a positive detection, all products, regardless of ownership, brand, distributor or processor, certified by that certifier, can be held for batch-by-batch testing at the border prior to entry into Taiwan. This means that a positive detection on any one shipment can seriously disrupt business, causing delays and costing companies time and money. The Taiwan government has made it clear their no-detection policy is one of their highest priorities for imports into Taiwan.
In response to that message and in order to prevent disruption to our clients’ business, QAI is implementing mandatory testing for prohibited materials of 100% of products being shipped to Taiwan, and proof of non-detection by the shipper of the product, prior to the issuance of TM11’s (Taiwan export certificates). Products must be tested using the Taiwan protocol from an accredited lab. This policy will go into effect as of June 15, 2018.
We understand that implementation of this policy can be confusing. To help you understand the Taiwan approval process, The Organic Trade Association recently published a Guide to Exporting to Taiwan. The guide includes an overview of the Taiwanese process of market surveillance and testing as well as a list of permitted substances and recommended best practices for exporting goods to Taiwan. Please note that this list of permitted substances is not identical to the NOP list.
It is important your operation understands all the requirements for products shipped to Taiwan. Please review QAI’s full policy, guidance document for requesting a TM11, and TM11 coversheet. Please contact your Certification Project Manager for more information.
We value your business and are here to help answer questions you may have about this new policy or about export requirements for Taiwan.
Director, Certification Services
Quality Assurance International, Inc