Macedonia, FYROM

Mandatory Organic Standards and Labels

The National Organic Law for Organic Production was approved in 2004 and has been aligned to the revised Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 in 2009.

The competent authority responsible for the implementation of the National Organic Law for Organic Production is the Macedonian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy (MAFWE).

There is no official organic label in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

National Organic Law for Organic Production
The Law on Organic Agricultural Production, adopted in 2004, regulates the general provisions related to the production, processing, marketing and labelling of organic production and applies to all types of organic agricultural products intended for human consumption and animal feeding. The Law also provides the basic conditions for inspection and certification of organic agriculture. The reasons for the law are human health protection, biological diversity protection, consumer protection, guarantee of safety, food monitoring and quality.
The by-laws on the Law on Organic Agriculture provide a complete legal framework on the organic agriculture production.
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IACB equivalent standard, used by BBCS
IACB is the Equivalent European Union Organic Production & Processing Standard for Third Countries. It was commissioned by, and compiled for, the Accredited Certification Bodies, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA. It has been adapted from the European Regulations (EC) 834/2007 and the more detailed implementing rules in (EC) 889/2008 to provide a base standard for the Accredited Certification Bodies and their certified organic operators (producers, processors and traders) working outside the European Union. BBCS (Balkan Biocert Skopje) is the only local certification body in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia recognized by the EU.
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Voluntary Organic Standards and Labels

There are no private organic standards and labels existing in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Control Bodies

The control and certification process is performed by private certification bodies accredited by the Institute for Accreditation of Macedonia and authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Economy (MAFWE). A list of recognised control bodies can be requested by the MAFWE.

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Import Requirements

It is possible to export certified organic products to The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Import is regulated by the National Organic Law for Organic Production.

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Further Information

Information on Organic Agriculture in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

National Plan for Organic Production 2013-2020
The plan provides guidelines, activities and measures, including policies to be implemented by MAFWE for the period 2013-2020 for future development of organic production in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and serves as basis for planning and implementation of financial support in the organic sector.
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Information on organic agriculture provided by the Ministry of Agriculture
General information on organic agriculture in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can be found on the webpage of the Ministry of Agriculture, but in Macedonian language only.
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Organic Europe: Macedonia, FYROM  
Country report on organic agriculture in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The site is updated irregularly.
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Global Organic Trade Guide: Macedonia, FYROM
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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