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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 Industries and Innovation
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.

Date of Implementation: 


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.

Imported Products Requirements

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: 

USDA’S GAIN Report Iceland Exporter Guide (2018)
USDA’S GAIN Report Electronic Certificate of Inspection Required for EU Organics Trade (2017)


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