The Soil Association is a UK-based charity which promotes and develops sustainable approaches to food, farming and other products. It runs a standard-setting programme to write and modify the rules and regulations for organic production and processing, keeping best practice to the fore. Back in 1967 the Soil Association was the first organisation in the country to draw up a set of aims and aspirational principles for producing food. The organic standards, which closely followed, were the practical application of these principles, and remain so today.
In 1991, the European Union (EU) enshrined the term 'organic' in law. It developed a set of standards which each member state interpreted into their own law. In the UK, the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) was responsible for drawing up Britain’s baseline standards, to which most other certification bodies in the UK certify. However, the Soil Association standards are higher than these in many areas.
All of our organic products are certified by the Soil Association, which audits our entire supply chain. The certification process includes verifying where our organic products are sourced from, how they are processed (e.g. powders made into capsules), how they are packaged and the information on our labels and packaging. Through its stringent controls, the Soil Association is able to guarantee the organic integrity of the products that it certifies, ensuring that all Soil Association certified products are 100% organic.