Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority
Authorized Government Agency(s):
National Service of Land and Cattle (SENASA) authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture and Cattle (SAG).
Agency(s) Contact Information:
Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
Organic Production Act
Regulaciones Técnicas y Jurídicas Nacionales decreto Nº 146-03 Reglamento sobre Agricultura Organica (website in Spanish)
Date of Implementation:
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
All stages of production, processing, preparation, storage, transportation and marketing, are subject to inspection and comply with these guidelines.
Promote an agricultural country in Harmony with Nature, ensuring consumers the supply of agricultural products that meet the valid international standards in organic agriculture. Promote international trade of fresh food and organic processes in Honduras
Imported Products Requirements
A finished product marketed as organic must contain all the ingredients of agricultural origin, produced, imported or obtained in accordance with these rules.
Inputs and imported organic products may be marketed only in the country where:
1. The competent authority or agency in the country of origin that has issued a certificate of inspection, which indicate that they have been obtained by a method of organic production rules equivalent to Honduras regulation.
2. The importer in Honduras must be registered with SENASA as an operator of organic produce and inspected by an accredited certifying the same instance.
3. The assessment will be for imports into the principles of equivalence and transparency, as is established in the Principles for the Inspection and Certification of Food Import and Export. In accepting imports of organic products, the country will evaluate inspection procedures, certification and standards applied in the exporting country.
Imported products lose their organic status when they do not comply with the requirements of this regulation, for example, having suffered a quarantine treatment, required by national regulations, which do not conform to these guidelines.
Certification and Accreditation
Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, plus Panama and the Dominican Republic are benchmarking their standards to a regional organic standard - the Central America Regional Standard. August 2016 these regional standards were put before the World Trade Organization for comment.
USDA's GAIN Report Honduras Retail Foods (2016)
USDA’s GAIN Report Honduras Exporter Guide (2012)
USDA’s GAIN Report Honduras Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)