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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Agriculture
6 Marshal Gelovani Ave.
0159, Tbilisi, Georgia

Telephone: +995 32 378009
Fax: +995 32 378013

E-mail: ministry@maf.ge
Website

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Law of Georgia on Biological Agri-Production (website in Georgian)
National Standard on Organic Production

Date of Implementation: 2008

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The law covers bio-production, processing, storage, transportation, packaging, sale, and import and certification. The rules define the management of organic farming, organic production, processing, marking, labeling, distribution, sale, as well as voluntary certification procedure and the consequent relations. Also covers products marketed under similar terms, such as biological, organic, ecological, environmentally friendly, bio, and eco. Wine, apiculture, aquaculture and animal feed are covered; products obtained from hunting and fishing can not be organic.

Imported Products

Imported organic products must be accompanied by the original certificate of conformity assessment issued by a competent authority of the country of origin. The certification must be at least in line with the standards of the Codex Alimentarius (Codex Alimentarius guidelines CAC / GL 32). The law also recognizes organic certificates which are issued by internationally accredited certification bodies.

Certification and Accreditation

Accreditation Method:

Government

Accreditation:

National Accreditation Center

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

Standards and legislation were drafted in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods

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.