- Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority
Authorized Government Agency(s):
Ministry of Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Supply (SAGARPA)
Agency(s) Contact Information:
National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA)
Guillermo Perez Valenzuela 127, Primer Piso
Col. Del Carmen, Del. Coyoacan
Mexico, DF 04100
Telephone: 52 (55) 5090-3000 or 52 (55) 5905-1000, Ext. 51511
M.C. Aurora Josefina Lobato Garcia
Assistant Director of Control of Organic Agriculture and Aquaculture
MSc. Erandi Valdovinos Romero
Department of Control of Organic Animal Products
- Organic Regulations and/or Standards
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
The Law of Organic Products (in English)
Download .pdf (in Spanish)
Download .doc (in Spanish)
Regulations to the Organic Products Act (.pdf in Spanish)
Download .doc (in Spanish)
Guidelines for the Operation of Organic Agricultural Activities (.pdf in Spanish)
Amendment for Imported Organic Products (in English)
Date of Implementation: Pending
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
The Guidelines contain detailed crop, livestock and processing standards and require written organic plans, as well as contain detailed record keeping and livestock feed standards. In addition, specific standards are included for wild plants, wild animals, non-traditional capture (larvae, insects), and beekeeping. While aquatic animals are mentioned in the definition of Animal Production, there are no standards that specifically address aquaculture. Hydroponic production is not allowed.
The expressions organic, ecological, biological, and denominations with prefixes such as bio and eco used on labels are considered equivalent synonyms and terms in national or international trade.
Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) extended the date to comply with Mexico’s organic regulations for products certified as organic in countries in the process of achieving organic equivalency with Mexico, which includes the United States, to April 2017. The United States has been in talks with Mexico to make an equivalency agreement for organic products. In an April 27, 2017 meeting with Mexican retailers, SENASICA outlined its regulatory plans, including removing the requirement that organic certifiers must have a physical office in Mexico, revising the regulations to allow products from third countries that are certified to the SENASICA standard to display the SAGARPA organic seal, and developing new inspection procedures to implement the requirement for SENASICA to verify the organic certificate and document of control. Until new regulation are published in the Diario Oficial (in no less than 2-3 months), there will be no change to the current procedures to import U.S. organic products. Representatives from the Federal Attorney's Office for the Consumer (PROFECO) confirmed that they only conduct enforcement based on the Spanish language version of the label.
- Imported Products
Imported products may be marketed in national markets as organic and with equivalent terms if they comply with the Mexican Organic Regulations and certified by a certifier accredited by Mexico or from a country with organic regulations and control systems recognized as equivalent by Mexico. Imports must be accompanied by an organic inspection document, or its equivalent, granted by the competent authority or body.
The 'USDA Organic' label will still be valid, as long as U.S. exporters remain in compliance with the Government of Mexico program.
Imported seeds or vegetative material will be treated with methods or treatment including the use of hot water, copper sulfate pentahydrate, Trichoderma Spp, or Bacillus Subtilis.
- Certification and Accreditation
All organic operations in Mexico must become certified to the Mexican standard by a certifying agent approved by the Mexican government.
For a list of certification agencies approved to operate in Mexico, download the list (Padrón de Organismos de Certificación Orgánica).
SAGARPA offers free certification through FIRCO (see below):
SAGARPA New Organic Law – 08/27/2018
Ministry of Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Supply (SAGARPA) -
Certification bodies must apply to the Secretary of Agriculture and must be accredited by an accreditation body in terms of the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardization and/or to ISO Guide 65 or an equivalent country.
- Additional Information
CODEX, IFOAM Basic Standards, EU organic regulations.
FIRCO: The Shared Risk Trust FIRCO is a parastatal entity, created by presidential decree and operates as a sector in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), to promote agribusiness, rural development and acting as micro- technical staff in programs of agricultural and fisheries sector.
National Council for Organic Production (CNPO) (website; in Spanish): established by Law to be a consultative body of the SAGARPA, inclusive and representative of the interests of producers and stakeholders in the field of organic products.
USDA's GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2017)
USDA's GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Officially Extends Deadline to Comply with Organic Regulation (2015)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Exporter Guide (2019)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Food Processing Ingredients (2020)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico’s Food Service Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Report (2019)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Guide 2018 (2018)
USDA's GAIN Report Mexico Retail Foods (2019)
USDA's GAIN Report Implementation of the New Mexican Regulation for Front-of- Package Nutrition Label (2020)