Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority
Authorized Government Agency(s):
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA)
Agency(s) Contact Information:
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food
Vice-Ministry of Food Safety and Regulations Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food
Department of Organic Agriculture and Native Resources (DAO)
7a. Avenida 12-90 zona 13
edificio Monja Blanca
Phone: (502) 2413-7000
Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
2009: No. 21-2009 Governmental Agreement Amendments to Regulation Organic Internal Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock And Food Content in Number 278-98 of Governmental Agreement dated 20 May 1998
2008: Ministerial Agreement No. 400-2008 Manual for the Evaluation and Inspection Certification Systems Organic Producers Group
2007: Ministerial Decree 652-2007 MAGA created the Organic Agriculture Division (DAO) under the Vice-Ministry of Food Safety and Regulations (VISAR) that together with the National Quality System (OGA) within the Ministry of Economy would become the Accreditation Organisms for Organic Agriculture in Guatemala. MAGA and OGA evaluate and certify the agencies that extend certifications to organic producers.
2005: Criteria for Accreditation Production Agencies Certification Organic
2002: Governmental Decree No. 1317-2002 created the Technical Manual for Organic Agriculture in Guatemala.
1999: Decree 1173-99 created the National Commission for Ecological Agriculture (Comisión Nacional para la Agricultura Ecológica – CNAE.)
Guatemala has a National Strategic Plan for 2013-2023.
Date of Implementation:
Imported Products Requirements
All imports and exports of organic products must be shipped with an organic certification extended by an approved certifying agency.
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.
USDA's GAIN Report Guatemala Exporter Guide (2017)
USDA's GAIN Report Guatemala Food Processing Ingredients (2018)
USDA's GAIN Report Guatemala Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2017)
USDA's GAIN Report Organic Products Growth Potential in Guatemala (2015)
USDA's GAIN Report Guatemala Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA's GAIN Report Guatemala Retail Foods (2018)