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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry Of Agriculture, Rural Development And Water Administration

SCOP, established at Ministry Of Agriculture, Rural Development And Water Administration (MARDWA) is the state body responsible for the implementation and administration of the legislation and the system of organic agriculture in Albania.

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministrisë së Bujqësisë, Zhvillimit Rural dhe Administrimit të Ujërave

Sheshi Skenderbej, nr.2
Tirane
1001 Albania

Phone: +355 222 6551
Fax: +355 222 6551

Email: info@bujqesia.gov.al
Website 

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

People's Assembly Law no. 9199 of 26.2.2004 on the production, processing, certification and marketing of ‘bio' products.

Date of Implementation: 2004

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

Albinspekt is the only Albanian inspection/certification body. See the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration website for a list of foreign certifiers operating in Albania

Accreditation Method:

Government

Accreditation:

Accreditation of certification bodies carried out by the General Directorate of Accreditation (DA), which is a national accreditation body, recognized by government to assess compliance with international standards in the technical competence of conformity assessment.

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

The law on organic farming is very similar to the EU-Council-Regulation 2092/91 and varies only in a few points.(EU Council Regulation 2092/91 has been revised and issued as Regulation 834/2007 and 889/2008.)

Additional Information:

Assistance from projects like Sustainable Agriculture Support in Albania (SASA), financed by the Swiss Government and implemented in Albania by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland, have contributed towards strengthening the know-how of Albanian experts and farmers in organic farming techniques. See the SASA report Organic Agriculture in Albania Sector Study 2011.

USDA’S GAIN Report Albania Doing Business in Albania Exporter Guide 2015 

Definitions

Definitions

Term

Definition

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2016 – 2019 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2016-2019 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.