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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime) 

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime) 
Office National de la Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires (ONSSA) 
Avenue Haj Ahmed Cherkaoui- Agdal-Rabat- Morocco 
Phone: (212-5) 37 67 65 00/ 
Fax: (212-5) 37 68 20 49 

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

The legal framework for organic products is Law # 39-12 published in the Official Bulletin #6128 (February 21, 2013). 

Date of Implementation: 2013

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The law # 39-12 regulates production, processing, marketing, and labeling of organic products. To apply for organic product labeling, producers have to file a request (cahier des charges) to a national commission. Among other measures, the new law bans genetically engineered (GE) content from being use in the entire production process.

Imported Products

Imported organic products should comply with the following: 

The exporting country’s organic production process and control system are equivalent to that of Morocco.  The competent authority of the exporting country certifies that organic products comply with its domestic requirements, which are equivalent to that of Morocco.

Additional Information

USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco's Legal Framework for Organic Products (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Annual Report (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco Exporter Guide (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food Processing Ingredients (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco Retail Foods (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food Labeling - Arabic Exemptions (2018) 
USDA’s GAIN Report Morocco Halal Label - Certification for the Right of Use (2019)

Definitions

Definitions

Term

Definition

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 2016 – 2019 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 2016-2019 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.