In order for farmers to derive benefits from organic farming methods, consumers need to trust that the rules on organic production are being followed. Therefore, the EU maintains the following strict system of control and enforcement to guarantee that organics rules and regulations are being followed properly. As organic farming is part of a larger supply chain which encompasses food processing, distribution, and retail sectors, these are also subject to checks.
All operators are checked at least once a year to make sure that they are continuing to follow the rules. Imported organic food is also subject to control procedures to guarantee that they have also been produced and shipped in accordance with organic principles.