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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Republic Square, Governmental Building # 3, 375010, Yerevan, Armenia

Telephone: (3741 0) 52-46-41
Fax: (3741 0) 52-46-41

Website

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Law of the Republic of Armenia on Organic Agriculture (2008) 

Date of Implementation: 2009

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The law regulates the production, preservation, processing, transportation and sale of agricultural products and materials as well as the storage of wild plants, and defines the principles of and legal grounds for the management of organic agriculture, its main circulation demands, directions of state support, and the duties of the authorized body.  

The scope of the law is broad and therefore requires further by-laws. However, stakeholders agreed that national legislation should be revised according to international developments and have requested that a National Organic Agriculture Plan be prepared.

Imported Products

Imported organic agricultural products should be accompanied by certificating documents from the exporting country’s authorized body, should be labelled and marked in conformity with the requirements established by Armenia's law, international treaties and other legal acts of the Republic of Armenia, or, if these are absent, in conformity with international standards and norms. The importer should keep the above-mentioned certifying documents for at least two years. 

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

Ecoglobe Ltd. is an organic certification body in Armenia. It implements organic certification under trade mark “Green Caucasus” for national, EU, and other export markets. Ecoglobe has an alliance with its Georgian partner Caucascert via harmonized regional standards. Services of ECOGLOBE and the “Green Caucasus” system are accredited by DAkkS (Geman accreditation agency (DAkkS), www.dakks.de) according to EN45011 and EU regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008 . ECOGLOBE is also an Accredited Certifying Agent of the U.S. National Organic Program.

Additional Information

Codex Alimentarius organic guidelines and EU organic regulation

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.