On December 4, 2009, more than 60 representatives of organic authorities, trade and certification bodies from 12 European countries and the United States gathered in Brussels to exchange views on better practice and cooperation to reduce the incidence of fraud or irregularities in the European organic market.
This meeting followed the Bonn, Frick, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Bologna meetings. The traders stated the status quo of the code of conduct, and proposed that the code should not only focus on the prevention of fraud, but also on social aspects, and decide on the development of domestic and international trade risk assessment tools. At the same time, the certification body has improved its code of conduct and is working hard to obtain signatories in Europe and other regions. The authoritative institutions made speeches on various aspects of multilateral trade and regulatory mechanisms, and agreed that due to the anti fraud initiative, exchanges between EU member states have improved greatly. The participants said that the most important role of AFI is to provide a platform for multi stakeholder communication, which will be maintained and will focus on the exchange of ideas and information and cognitive innovation. They also suggested that future workshops could focus on individual countries, such as Italy.