Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority
Authorized Government Agency(s):
Ministry of Industries and Innovation
Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) controls food imports and exports.
Agency(s) Contact Information:
Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
Icelandic legislation on organic production, Law no. 162/1993, dates from 1994, but for several years Iceland has followed the legislation of the European Union as members of the European Economic Area.
Date of Implementation:
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
Includes animal and crop production, processing and marketing and new standards are being developed for aquaculture and greenhouse production, also both within the EU framework.
Imported Products Requirements
Must comply and be certified to EU 834/2006 and 889/2008. If products wish to carry the TUN logo, then certification to TUN standards.
Certification and Accreditation
The local certification body operating in Iceland is Vottunarstofan Tún, founded in 1994. Tún (an NGO) has its own organic standards, both in Icelandic and English, which are fully within the framework of the EU legislation. They inspect and certify all the organic units in Iceland, both farms and companies involved in the production and processing of organic products. They have their own seal. TUN O C also operates on a small scale in the Faeroe Islands.
The certification bodies need an official permit of operation from the Ministry of Industries and Innovation as well as an accreditation from the Icelandic Metrology and Accreditation Agency.
Icelandic Metrology and Accreditation Service
IS-108 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fax: + 354-568-9256
The Icelandic law and regulations on organic agricultural production were written in accordance with the EU Regulation 834/2007 and 889/2008 and subsequent amendments. Although Iceland is not an EU country, it is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA). The Ministry of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Organic Agriculture monitors amendments to EU Regulations relevant to organic agriculture. Such EU Regulations are thus implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Iceland is on the EU's third country list.
Law conforms to IFOAM Basic Standards