Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority
Authorized Government Agency(s):
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy (MAFWE)
Agency(s) Contact Information:
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy
St. Yuri Gagarin no. 15 1000 Skopje Macedonia
Phone: (02) 3134 477
Fax: (02) 3134 477
Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
Organic Agricultural Production Law (website in Macedonian)
Date of Implementation:
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
The Law on Organic Production was adopted in 2004 and it regulates the production, processing, marketing and labeling of organic production. This law is applied to all types of agricultural products intended for human consumption and animal feeding, where methods of organic production are implemented. The Law also provides the basic conditions for inspection and certification of organic agriculture. The reasons for the law are human health protection, biological diversity protection, consumer protection, guarantee of safety, food monitoring and quality.
Pursuant to the law, the following Books of rules were adopted: • Book of rules on organic animal production (OG 60/06), • Book of rules on organic plant production (OG 60/06), • Book of rules on organic products processing (OG 60/06). • Book of rules of the manner, procedure and methodology for providing expert control in organic agriculture production (OG 59/07) • Book of rules on the format, content and the manner of keeping the register of legal persons for performing expert control in organic agriculture production (OG 44/07) • Book of rules on the format, content and color of the label of the organic agriculture products ( OG 64/07).
See the list of laws and ordinances for these documents.
Certification and Accreditation
According to the national law on organic agriculture expert control of organic producers, processors and traders is to be conducted by registered inspection bodies. These bodies must have headquarters in the country, employ at least three staff persons and be accredited. See the list of accredited certifiers.
State Authority (MAFWE) The Institute for Accreditation is responsible for accrediting the bodies authorized for organic agriculture inspection and certification, as well as inspection and certification of organic products in accordance with the international criteria;
The Law is in compliance with the Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring to agricultural and foodstuffs, and is partially harmonized with the EU legal acts.