Organic certification and other certification for sustainable food growers, producers and retailers.

Certification bodies

All foods sold as “organic” must originate from growers or processers who are registered with an approved certification body.

Approved certification bodies include:

Full list of approved certification bodies for organic food in the UK

A low-cost alternative to organic certification

The Wholesome Food Association (WFA) offers a low-cost, grassroots alternative to organic certification for people in the UK who are growing or producing food for sale in their local region. The WFA quality symbol is a way in which you can give customers assurance of the quality of your produce.

To use the Wholesome Food Association quality symbol you would need to:

  • Be a member of the WFA
  • Produce food according to WFA principles
  • Abide by WFA food production standards and sign a pledge to that effect
  • Sell your produce locally
  • Uphold the WFA’s ‘open gate’ policy
  • Pay a fee of £27 a year

Wholesome Food Association rules and regulations

Sustainable catering certification

Food for Life Catering Mark
Soil Association accreditation scheme for catering organisations that want to showcase commitment to serving ethical, healthy food.
The Food for Live Catering Mark offers customers a unique guarantee that items on the menu are freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.

Sustainable Restaurant Association sustainability rating
The Sustainable Restaurant Association offers a sustainability rating for restaurants.
You can achieve a 1- to 3-star rating and be listed in the Sustainable Restaurant Association on-line directory.
The rating covers 14 key areas of sustainability which consider your environmental, social and sourcing practices.