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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

The SENASAG is designated the national competent authority for the control of ecological production

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Rural Development and Land (MDRyT)
Vice-Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development: Victor Hugo Vasquez Mamani
SENASAG Central office telephone: 591-3-4628105
SENASAG web site (in Spanish)

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

3525 Law on Regulation and Promotion of Agricultural Production and Non - Timber Forest Ecological, of November 21, 2006 (Republica de Bolivia, 3525/2006).
Legal regulations SNCPE: Regulation of the National System of Control of Organic Production, approved under Resolution 217/06 Administrative SENASAG (SENASAG, 217/2006).
Regulation of the National Technical Standard for Organic Production, approved under Ministerial Resolution 280/06 of MDRAyMA (MDRAyMA, 280/2006).

Bolivia's National Legal Framework (in Spanish)

Date of Implementation: 2006

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The law is aimed at all agricultural processed and unprocessed products which are classified as ecological, as well as non-timber forest production (NTFP) and food products whose main ingredients are ecological. It also applies to inputs for ecological production like seeds, feeds and fertilizers.

It is valid for all products in national and international trade which bear the denominations orgánico, ecológico, biológico and derivatives which make reference to ecological production methods.

A national council for ecological production (CNAP) comprised of government agencies and private sector organizations and academic institutions is responsible to plan, promote the norm and help in the establishment of programs and projects.

Imported Products

It is unclear if the Bolivian organic regulations are fully implemented and if they apply to imported products.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

The national control system recognizes two different sorts of certifications for ecological products.

For international trade and exports the certification has to be carried out by certifying bodies that are accredited under ISO guide 65 (or EN45011). For the national and local market the certification can be carried out by alternative control systems which have to be evaluated, approved and controlled by the SENASAG.

 

The certifiers operating in Bolivia include IMO, Control Union, Biolatina, Bolicert, Ceres, IBD, Ecocert, Skal, OCIA, QAI, ECO Gress.

Accreditation Method:

Government

Accreditation:

The SENASAG authorizes and registers certifiers and operators.

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

The national technical norm was prepared using and combining the norm of Resulución Ministerial 005/2000, the AOPEB norm (2002), the IFOAM basic standards, the EEC2092/91 and equivalent to the Codex Alimentarius guidelines GL32-1999.

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.