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Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Final 1st. Avenue North, 13th Street West and Ave Manuel Gallardo.
Santa Tecla, Republic of El Salvador, C. A.
Telephone: (503) 2210-1700

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Executive Decree 52 of 14 of May 2004, Regulations for the production process and certification of organic products, approves the regulation for the production, processing and certification of organic products; authority and its functions; definitions; organic vegetable and animal production; processing; storage and transportation; export and import; accreditation and supervision; general and transitory provisions. 

2012- Promulgation of new decree to replace Decree 52 of 2004

Date of Implementation: 

not implemented yet

Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

This regulation is to establish standards to be applied to the production, processing, marketing and certification of organic products. This regulation applies to all animal or plant products and byproducts that are produced, processed or marketed under certified organic production methods. Livestock includes pets.  Includes certification of wild harvest but does not include hunting of wild animals and fishing.  Includes certification of producer groups, and in-conversion production and labeling.  Hydroponic production is not allowed.  Processed organic products must have at least ninety five percent organic ingredients, excluding water and salt.  Prohibition on use of genetically modified organisms and ionizing radiation.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

Certified organic products may be imported only after demonstrating compliance with the provisions of the Regulation.

Certification and Accreditation


Accreditation Method: 



Ministry of Agriculture

Additional Information

Reference Standards: 

Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, plus Panama and the Dominican Republic are benchmarking their standards to a regional organic standard - the Central America Regional Standard. August 2016 these regional standards were put before the World Trade Organization for comment.

Additional Information: 


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