In 2012, the Institute initiated the process of developing a standardized list of organic fertilizer and plant protection products for Hungary. After the first meeting organized on the topic, followed by a ministry-level discussion in early 2013, NÉBIH (the National Food Chain Security Office) agreed to take on coordinating the project. In 2014 the Organic Working Committee was formed, tasked with developing and managing the standardized list. The Working Committee’s activity was important because such a list has never existed in Hungary that clearly defined the range of products permitted for application in organic production.
The Committee’s members include members of the governing bodies (experts from NÉBIH Directorate of Plant, Soil and Environmental Protection) as well as members of the domestic organic production industry, including advocacy groups such as the Association of Organic Producers of the Carpathian Basin (KÖSZ) and the Hungarian Bioculture Association, and also regulatory bodies such as Biokontroll Hungária Nonprofit and Hungária Öko Garancia, and research and development entities such as the Organic Agriculture Research Institute (ÖMKi). The Committee’s work is coordinated by NÉBIH.