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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Industries and Innovation

Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) controls food imports and exports.

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Skulagata 4
150 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Phone: 00 354 545 9700
Fax: 00 354 552 1160

Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST)
Import and export office
Stórhöfða 23
110 Reykjavík
Phone: +354 530 4800
Fax: +354 530 4801

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Icelandic legislation on organic production, Law no. 162/1993, dates from 1994, but for several years Iceland has followed the legislation of the European Union as members of the European Economic Area Agreement.

Date of Implementation: 1994

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Includes animal and crop production, processing and marketing and new standards are being developed for aquaculture and greenhouse production, also both within the EU framework.

The Tún certification body publishes, in collaboration with the Food Agency, a guidebook on the requirements for organic methods in the production of agricultural products, according to the Icelandic and European legal regulations that are in force in this field at any given time.

Since the international rules do not exist and standards are still lacking, Tún has developed its own rules, i.e. cosmetic production, shops and cooking.

Guidelines and rules for the certification of organic production and natural resources can be ordered by sending a message to, but they can also be downloaded (Icelandic).

Imported Products

Must comply and be certified to EU 834/2006 and 889/2008. If products wish to carry the TUN logo, then certification to TUN standards.

Certification and Accreditation


The local certification body operating in Iceland is Vottunarstofan Tún, founded in 1994. Tún (an NGO) has its own organic standards, both in Icelandic and English, which are fully within the framework of the EU legislation. They inspect and certify all the organic units in Iceland, both farms and companies involved in the production and processing of organic products. They have their own seal. TUN O C also operates on a small scale in the Faeroe Islands.

Vottunarstofan Tún
Laugavegur 7, IS-101 Reykjavík, Iceland


The certification bodies need an official permit of operation from the Ministry of Industries and Innovation as well as an accreditation from the Icelandic Metrology and Accreditation Agency.

Icelandic Metrology and Accreditation Service
Síðumúli 13
IS-108 Reykjavík, Iceland
Telephone: +354-568-1122
Fax: + 354-568-9256

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

The Icelandic law and regulations on organic agricultural production were written in accordance with the EU Regulation 834/2007 and 889/2008 and subsequent amendments. Although Iceland is not an EU country, it is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA). The Ministry of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Organic Agriculture monitors amendments to EU Regulations relevant to organic agriculture. Such EU Regulations are thus implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Iceland is on the EU's third country list.

Law conforms to IFOAM Basic Standards

Additional Information:

U.S. International Trade Administration

USDA’S GAIN Report Iceland Exporter Guide (2023)
USDA’S GAIN Report Electronic Certificate of Inspection Required for EU Organics Trade (2017)





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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