Turkey

Mandatory Organic Standards and Labels

In Turkey, organic agriculture is defined by two rules: The Organic Agriculture Law No. 5262 and the Turkish Organic Regulation No. 27676.

The competent authority responsible for the implementation of the national organic legislation is the Department of Good Agricultural Practices and Organic Agriculture, a subunit of the Plant Production General Directorate (BÜGEM) within the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL).

Packed organic products sold in Turkey have to be labelled with the national organic logo. The use of the logo is restricted to organic products inspected and certified by an approved Turkish control body. On imported, final packed products the Turkish organic logo cannot be used, however if the imported product is a semi-processed product and is finally processed or packed in Turkey, the Turkish organic logo can be displayed. In any case, the product label must comply with the general labelling rules, including organic labelling. Most of the final packed imported products are labelled over with a label in Turkish language with the information necessary according to Turkish legislation.

Organic Farming Law No. 5262 of 03/12/2004
The Organic Farming Law defines authorities, duties and responsibilities in relation to inspection and certification services in the field of organic farming activities as well as to the procedures and principles of Ministry inspection.
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Turkish Organic Regulation no. 27676 of 18/08/2010
The Turkish Organic Regulation, which is fully harmonized with EU Regulation 834/2007, defines implementation rules for organic production, processing, packaging, labelling, storage, transportation, marketing, control and certification. A consolidated version with all changes since its first publication in 2010 is accessible under the link above.
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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL)
Website of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL) with information on organic farming in Turkey.
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Voluntary Organic Standards and Labels

In Turkey, private organic standards and labels are not relevant so far. 

Ecological Agriculture Organisation Association (ETO)
Website of the Ecological Agriculture Organisation Association (ETO). ETO is an association promoting organic agriculture in Turkey and engaged in capacity building.
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Control Bodies

In Turkey, the organic control and certification process is performed by private control bodies approved and supervised by the Department of Good Agricultural Practices and Organic Agriculture, a subunit of the Plant Production General Directorate within the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL). The up-to-date directory of Turkish control bodies is published by the Ministry.

Control Bodies in Turkey
List of private control bodies approved and supervised by the Department of Good Agricultural Practices and Organic Agriculture within the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL).
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Import Requirements

Imported organic products must be inspected and certified by an authorized control body in Turkey again. For that, the importing company must apply to an authorized control body and provide the required information and documents such as information on the amount, origin and type of the imported lot as well as the inspection report and other necessary certification documents (see Article 32 of the Turkish Organic Regulation). Based on these, the control body will conduct an inspection to determine, if the imported product meets all requirements to be certified as organic. Once the certification is granted, the product can officially be imported and marketed as organic. 

Control Bodies in Turkey
List of private control bodies approved and supervised by the Department of Good Agricultural Practices and Organic Agriculture within the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL).
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Further Information

General information on organic farming in Turkey. 

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL)
Website of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL) with information on organic farming in Turkey.
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Organic Europe: Turkey
Summary report on organic farming in Turkey. The site is updated irregularly.
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Global Organic Trade Guide: Turkey
Website of the American Organic Trade Association (OTA) providing information on international organic trade designed for U.S. exporters. Most information is also relevant for exporters from other countries.
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