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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Address: Postboks 8007 Dep. , 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Teatergata 9 (R6), Oslo
Phone: (+47) 22 24 90 90

Industry Development and Ecology Section of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for organic food production.
Deputy Director General: Kristin Orlund
Phone: (+47) 22 24 93 42
Mobile phone: (+47) 934 54 074


Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Norwegian food legislation is harmonized with the EU food and veterinary legislation according to the terms of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.  Norway’s Regulations on the Production and Labeling of Organic Agricultural Products and Regulations on Organic Aquaculture Production and Labeling have been repealed. The consolidated version of EU regulations for organic production, EU 2018/848 (pdf in English) set the rules on organic production and labeling of organic products for Norway.

The certification organization, Debio, has private regulations for the use of its labels at eating establishments. These regulations cover label use when serving organic and Debio-approved food and drink in communal establishments. Communal establishments refer to restaurants, cafés, canteens, catering enterprises, fast-food establishments, institutional kitchens, hotel kitchens, etc. Also, Debio’s private regulations for the use of Debio’s organic labels apply to the use in the retail food sector.

Date of Implementation: 2005

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Due to the EEA-agreement, Norwegian food legislation is harmonized with the EU, and Norway is obliged to follow the EU legislation on the food and veterinary area.

Imported Products

All animal and animal-based products (such as meat, milk, fish, eggs, honey, gelatin, and collagen) imported from countries outside the EU/EEA must be approved at one of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority's border control stations before they can enter the market. This also applies to some composite products that consist of both vegetable and animal constituents. 

The EEA agreement obliges Norway to have the same regulations for controlling the import of products as the EU. Goods that are approved for import into Norway are thus also approved for the entire EEA area.  More information about imports of products subject to border control can be found on the website of Mattilsynet.

As of June 1, 2012, the Debio symbol may be used on organic products (produced and certified as meeting USDA NOP standards) imported from the US. This is a result of the EU-US organic trade agreement signed in February 2012.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification and Accreditation:

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority
PO Box 383 N-2381 Brumunddal, Norway
Telephone: (+47) 23 21 68 00
Fax (+47) 23 21 68 01

Food Safety Authority (FSA) has supervisory responsibility for organic agricultural production and processing, packing storage, import and translation of ecological agricultural products and food in the country. FSA is also responsible for the development of regulations for organic production, and participates in international efforts in this area. Among other things, representatives from the FSA participate in the EU Commission's Standing Committee for organic farming. FSA supervises Debio and process applications for exemption from the regulations. The Food Safety Authority is the main office that has the most national papers on the ecology of the area. Regional offices process applications for exemptions from regulations, and District offices will take care of the import permit.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has delegated the organization Debio to carry out control of organic products, both domestically produced and imported. Debio is a member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement) and is well known to Norwegian consumers. Debio is a member organization, open also to importing representatives (e.g. interested organizations, retail and trade).

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

EU regulations.

Additional Information:

U.S. International Trade Administration

USDA’S GAIN Report Exporter Guide (2018)
USDA’S GAIN Report Electronic Certificate of Inspection Required for EU Organics Trade (2017)
USDA’S GAIN Report Norway Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2021)





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.