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Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

The Agrocalidad (Agencia Ecuatoriana de Aseguramiento de la Calidad del Agro), an agency of the Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Acuacultura y Pesca, is the competent authority responsible for regulating organic production and controlling organic certification bodies as well as all organic operators across the value chain.

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Agrocalidad
Av. Eloy Alfaro N30-350 y Amazonas
Edif. MAGAP, Piso 9
Phone: (593) 2 2567 232
direccion@agrocalidad.gob.ec
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Agrocalidad
Certificación Orgánica
Ing. Paulina Betancourt
E-mail: paulina.betancourt@agrocalidad.gob.ec
Phone: (593) 02 2372 845 Ext. 230 – (593) 02 2370 528 Ext. 236
Address: Av. Interoceanic Km 14 1/2 and Gonzales Suarez diagonal to the station Gran Marcelino.
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Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Regulations and Instructions of the General Regulation to promote and regulate Organic-Ecological-Biological Production in Ecuador (Normativa E Instructivo de la Normativa General para Promover y Regular la Producción Orgánica-Ecológica-Biológica en Ecuador) (.pdf in Spanish)
Organic Resolution 140 (Resolución Orgánicos 140) (.pdf in Spanish) 
Organic Procedures Manual

Date of Implementation: 

2003

Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

Production, processing, packaging, labeling, storage, transport, promotion, marketing, process control and certification of organic products of agricultural origin.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

Imported organic products may be marketed as such only when:
a) If a certificate accredited to your country of origin, the competent authority or other body designated in the exporting country has issued a transaction certificate stating that the lot designated in the certificate has been obtained in the framework of a system production, processing, labeling and inspection for applying at least the rules established in this Instructive failing.
b) The original certificate transaction must accompany the goods until the holding of the first consignee; the importer must keep the certificate available to the certification body or the competent national authority for at least five years.
c) The imported lots must be accompanied by a transaction certificate in original, in which appears the importer responsible for the transaction, duly signed by the Certification Body that has controlled the exporter in the country of origin. The transaction certificate must bear at least the following information:

  1. Name and address of the Certification Body of the exporting country
  2. Name and address of the last operation in the exporting country
  3. Name and address of the exporter
  4. Name and address of the importer
  5. Trade name of the product (brand), quantity (gross weight, net weight, volume) and condition (organic / in conversion), type of packing and crating, packaging identification, identification of transport.
  6. Date, signature and stamp of the Certification Body of the exporting country

d) The authenticity of the product should be maintained after import until it reaches the consumer. The importer and trader of organic products must be certified by an accredited certifying agency in the country.
e) Organic products are imported in containers or properly sealed containers, and where the products come packaged for direct sales to consumers must comply with the provisions of this Instruction.
f) The National Competent Authority may:

  1. Require detailed information on the measures applied in the country of origin of the product to assess and decide on the equivalence of their rules with the requirements of the present Instruction; 
  2. Require that the product is labeled according to the labeling requirements of this Instruction, if the demands were different.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification: 

An official list of registered certification organizations is available online.

Accreditation Method: 

Government

Accreditation: 

Information on how to become a registered certification organization is available online.

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Additional Information: 

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