Albania

Mandatory Organic Standards and Labels

Law No. 9199 established the legal framework for organic farming in Albania in 2004. A new law No. 106/2016 on biological production, biological products, labelling and control was approved by the Parliament of Albania (Kuvendi i Shqipërisë) on 27th October, 2016 with immediate implementation. This law is based on European Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and was developed under the authority of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources with assistance from foreign and local experts including contributions from members of the organic movement in Albania. Detailed implementing regulations based on European Council Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 are in the process of being drafted and meanwhile the existing regulations remain in force.

The competent authority for organic production and processing in Albania is the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources who has delegated duties to the National Commission for Organic Production (KSHPO) which sits within this Ministry.

There is currently no national organic logo.

National Law No. 106/2016
The law is based on the European Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007. As well as a description of the aims, objectives and principles of organic farming, it lays down the general rules for production and processing of organic agricultural products and food. It will be complemented by a set of further implementing rules which are expected to be completed by mid 2017.
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Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources
Website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources which gives general information on the regulation of organic agriculture in Albania.
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Voluntary Organic Standards and Labels

There is no voluntary national organic standard or logo.

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Control Bodies

Control bodies must be approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources in order to carry out inspections and certifications within Albania. A list of recognised control bodies can be requested by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources.

Albinspekt
Albinspekt is an indigenous control body offering inspection and certification services in Albania and Kosovo. Albinspekt is also a third country control body recognised in the European Union and listed in Annex IV of regulation EC 1235/2008.
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Organic Farming Information System: List of recognised Control Bodies and Control Authorities
List of control bodies and control authorities for the purpose of equivalence and relevant specifications referred to in Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008.
Directory of control bodies recognised as equivalent sorted according to the name of the control body. Listed are the countries and product categories for which the recognition applies. This list is updated irregularely.
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Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008: List of recognised Control Bodies and Control Authorities
List of control bodies and control authorities for the purpose of equivalence and relevant specifications referred to in Article 10
Directory of control bodies recognised as equivalent sorted according to the name of the control body. Listed are the countries and product categories for which the recognition applies.
This link leads to an overview page. To find the latest consolidated version of the regulation, please scroll down until you reach the headline “Relationship between documents”. There you find “All consolidated versions“. Open the latest consolidated version and scroll down within the document until you reach Annex IV. To find out, which control bodies are recognised for a certain country, you can use the search function and search for the country you are interested in.
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Import Requirements

It is possible to import certified organic products into Albania. New regulations are in the process of being elaborated and the process is expected to conclude soon. Until they are approved, requirements set out in the law No. 9199 are binding.

The organic law does not cover equivalency agreements. However, all products certified according to the EU legislation on organic farming may be marketed as organic within Albania.

Procedures for operators in foreign countries wishing to export organic products to Albania will be covered by the import implementing regulation which is under elaboration.

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Further Information

 General information on organic agriculture in Albania.

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources
Further information on organic agriculture in Albania may be found on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources. The English version of this site is under construction.
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Organic Europe: Albania
Summary report on organic agriculture in Albania. This site is updated irregularly.
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Global Organic Trade Guide: Albania
Website of the American Organic Trade Association (OTA) providing information on international organic trade. Although designed for U.S. exporters, some of the provided information might also be interesting for exporters from other countries.
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