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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: 


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 Requirements

Imported Products: 

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

Certification and Accreditation


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

  1. For international trade and exports the certification has to be carried out by certifying bodies that are accredited under ISO guide 65 (or EN45011).
  2. 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: 



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.


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