Organic products

Groups: 
  • Food and beverage products
Category: 
  • Product range

Basic

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to ensure that contracting authorities who have a goal to increase their percentage of organic products are offered organic products that are clearly displayed by the electronic ordering system.

Requirement Specification: 

Organic alternatives shall be offered for selected products in the agreed product range. The products for which alternatives are to be offered are specified by the contracting authority and displayed in the product list (see Appendix X).

Which products are organic shall be clearly displayed in the contracting authority's electronic ordering system.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Suppliers shall disclose which products meet the requirements stated in the Norwegian Organic Food Regulations for an organic product, either by specification of the labelling scheme or other relevant documentation.

When using the EHF directory, organic products must be labeled according to the format. 

When using the supplier's ordering system, the supplier must state how the organic products will be highlighted in the system. 

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

This requirement is relevant to enterprises that have a goal of a certain amount of organic products. There are actually two requirements here: Organic products shall be offered for the food products displayed in the product list, cf. Appendix X. And the organic products offered shall be clearly displayed by the electronic ordering system, so that they are also available.

It is recommended that the enterprises link the requirement to a comprehensive strategy in this area, so that those who issue call-off orders are encouraged to order organic alternatives.

Organic products are often more expensive than the conventional alternatives. This may result in relatively few call-off orders for organic products, even if they are available in the agreed product range as specified in this requirement. Contracting authorities that use this requirement should also use the contractual condition for statistics, so that they can follow up which products are actually ordered. The contracting authority should also cooperate with the supplier during the contract period to achieve the goal of an increased percentage of organic products.

Market surveys and supplier dialogue are useful for the identification of products that are organic and reasonably priced, so that this does not become a cost driver.

Based on the contracting authority’s goals and strategy, it may be desirable to combine the requirement that organic products shall be offered in addition to conventional products for a product category (basic) and the desire that only organic products shall be offered for another product category (advanced). In addition, it may be desirable to reward suppliers who can offer organic products for one last product category (leading edge).

Contracting authorities with their own electronic trading platform:

If the contracting authority uses its own electronic trading platform, the requirement can be combined with the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment’s (Difi's) EHF catalogue goal.

Advanced

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to ensure that contracting authorities who have a goal to increase their percentage of organic products are offered organic products that are clearly displayed by the electronic ordering system.

Requirement Specification: 

Only organic products shall be offered for selected products in the agreed product range. The products to which this applies are specified by the contracting authority and displayed in the product list (see Appendix X).

Which products are organic shall be clearly displayed in the contracting authority's electronic ordering system.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Suppliers shall disclose which products meet the requirements stated in the Norwegian Organic Food Regulations for an organic product, either by specification of the labelling scheme or other relevant documentation

When using the EHF directory, organic products must be labeled according to the format. 

When using the supplier's ordering system, the supplier must state how the organic products will be highlighted in the system. 

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

This requirement is relevant to enterprises that have a goal of a certain amount of organic products. There are actually two requirements here: Organic products shall be offered for the food products displayed in the product list, cf. Appendix X. And the organic products offered shall be clearly displayed by the electronic ordering system, so that they are also available.

It is recommended that the enterprises link the requirement to a comprehensive strategy in this area, so that those who issue call-off orders are encouraged to order organic alternatives.

Organic products are often more expensive than the conventional alternatives. This may result in relatively few call-off orders for organic products, even if they are available in the agreed product range as specified in this requirement. Contracting authorities that use this requirement should also use the contractual condition for statistics, so that they can follow up which products are actually ordered. The contracting authority should also cooperate with the supplier during the contract period to achieve the goal of an increased percentage of organic products.

Market surveys and supplier dialogue are useful for the identification of products that are organic and reasonably priced, so that this does not become a cost driver.

Based on the contracting authority’s goals and strategy, it may be desirable to combine the requirement that organic products shall be offered in addition to conventional products for a product category (basic) and the desire that only organic products shall be offered for another product category (advanced). In addition, it may be desirable to reward suppliers who can offer organic products for one last product category (leading edge).

Contracting authorities with their own electronic trading platform:

If the contracting authority uses its own electronic trading platform, the requirement can be combined with the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment’s (Difi's) EHF catalogue goal.

Spearhead

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Award Criteria

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to reward suppliers who contribute to a greater degree to the contracting authorities achieving their goals of a greater percentage of organicproducts. The allocation criterion encourages suppliers to increase the percentage of organic products in the product range they offer. This can help increase the consumption of organic products, because there will be more choice for the enterprises and users.

Requirement Specification: 

The contracting authority wants to award offers that have a higher percentage of organic products in the agreed product range beyond the products that are already required to have such properties.

Points will be awarded for organic products that are offered beyond the minimum requirement. The points are weighted against the estimated volume for the individual order line.

The total volume for the individual products requested is stated in Appendix X.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Suppliers shall disclose which products meet the requirements stated in the Norwegian Organic Food Regulations for an organic product, either by specification of the labelling scheme or other relevant documentation.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

This requirement is relevant to enterprises that have a goal of a certain amount of organic products. There are actually two requirements here: Organic products shall be offered for the food products displayed in the product list, cf. Appendix X. And the organic products offered shall be clearly displayed by the electronic ordering system, so that they are also available.

It is recommended that the enterprises link the requirement to a comprehensive strategy in this area, so that those who issue call-off orders are encouraged to order organic alternatives.

Organic products are often more expensive than the conventional alternatives. This may result in relatively few call-off orders for organic products, even if they are available in the agreed product range as specified in this requirement. Contracting authorities that use this requirement should also use the contractual condition for statistics, so that they can follow up which products are actually ordered. The contracting authority should also cooperate with the supplier during the contract period to achieve the goal of an increased percentage of organic products.

Market surveys and supplier dialogue are useful for the identification of products that are organic and reasonably priced, so that this does not become a cost driver.

Based on the contracting authority’s goals and strategy, it may be desirable to combine the requirement that organic products shall be offered in addition to conventional products for a product category (basic) and the desire that only organic products shall be offered for another product category (advanced). In addition, it may be desirable to reward suppliers who can offer organic products for one last product category (leading edge).

Contracting authorities with their own electronic trading platform:

If the contracting authority uses its own electronic trading platform, the requirement can be combined with the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment’s (Difi's) EHF catalogue goal.

Use of the allocation criterion:

This allocation criterion must be combined with the “organic product requirement” at the basic and/or advanced level.

The requirement specification must state the historical or expected procurement volume. This is important so that the supplier will understand how the allocation criterion is evaluated.

 

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Published: 08. Mar 2019, Last modified: 31. May 2019