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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR)
General Administration of Organic Agriculture 

Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR)
General Administration of Organic Agriculture 
1 Shooting Club Street
Dokki, Giza 11312
Phone: +202 233372596
Fax: +202 237498128

National Food Safety Authority
49 Nubar Street
Bab El Louk, Cairo
Telephone: +202 27933493; +202 27933497
Fax +202 27933496

Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control 
16 Tadreeb el Motadarebeen Street
Ameriya, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: (2-02) 2603-1348 
Fax: (2-02) 2603- 1351
Organic products information


Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Law of Organic Agriculture, January 2020

The Egyptian Organization For Standardization And Quality Control lists standards, including those concerning organic products. Standards are only available for a fee:

Standard No. 7333 / 2011 Organic Products Maximum Limits Of Pesticides Residues And Heavy Metals
Standard No. 7264 / 2010 Organic Production and Labelling of Products
Standard No. 5733 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Definitions
Standard No. 5734 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Products And Preparation Of Animals And Animal Products
Standard No. 5735 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods- Products And Preparation Of Honey
Standard No. 5736 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Products And Preparation Of Planted
Standard No. 5737 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods – Labelling And Claims
Standard No. 5738 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods- Inspection And Certification Systems

Ministry of Trade and Industry Decree 993/2010

Date of Implementation: 2010

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Egypt's Legislation for Organic Agriculture adopts the generic definition of organic production as an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, the application of high animal welfare standards and a production method in line with the preference of certain consumers for products produced using natural substances and processes. This Law applies to products originating from agriculture including aquaculture. These products include live or unprocessed agricultural products, processed agricultural products for use as food, feed, vegetative propagating material and seeds for cultivation.

Imported Products

The 2020 Law of Organic Agriculture applies to Imported products under the provisions of the Law of the National Food Safety Authority.  The Law of Organic Agriculture is not fully implemented. Egypt recognizes international organic laws and regulations, however requires registration of certifiers of imported products.

Certification and Accreditation

The Central Laboratory for Organic Agriculture (CLOA) is within the Agricultural Research Center which is affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.  CLOA registers certification and inspection offices working in Egypt and registers all the accredited organic farms.  All certification bodies and certified operations must also register with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS).  

There is not yet an implemented national accreditation authority and process.  Accreditation by international accreditation organizations is recognized.

Additional Information

The Organic Agriculture in Egypt, February 2019

USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Retail Retail Sector Report (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food Processing Ingredients (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt's Halal Certification and Policy (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Exporter Guide (2024)
USDA’S GAIN Report Updates on Egypt's Halal Requirements: Questions Remain (2022)





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 2018 – 2021 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 2018-2021 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.


How to use this website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) brings the US organic industry to developing markets around the world. This database is a comprehensive tool for OTA membership interested in participating in or expanding international trade in organic products by providing information to understand international markets for organic products. Select the country you wish to export to and find out whether it has an agreement with the United States, who its certifiers are, and much more.

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