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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Philippine Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFPS)

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS)
BPI Compound,
Visayas Ave, Diliman,
Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 455-2858
Fax: (632) 920.6131
Email: bafpsorganic@gmail.com
BAFS Organic Services
National Organic Agriculture Program

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

July 2016: Updated Philippine National Organic Standards (PNS/BAFS 07:2016) 

Department of Agriculture circulars
June 27, 2016: Five circulars were published in the Philippine Star: 

Department Circular No. 2 Series of 2015: Guidelines for the conduct of Validation Process for the Registration of Organic Primary and Postharvest Food, Non-Food and Input Producers. Department Circular No. 3 Series of 2015: Rules and Regulations on the Registration of Primary and Postharvest Organic Food and Non-Food Products Department Circular No. 4 Series of 2015: Revised Guidelines on the Provision of Certification Subsidy Incentive for Organic Agriculture Entities/ Farmers and Organic Input Producers Department Circular No. 5 Series of 2015: Revised Rules and Regulations on the Registration of Organic Fertilizer Producers

 

Philippine National Organic Aquaculture Standards (PNS/BAFS 112:2016). Standards for organic aquaculture feeds are also in development.

August 2014: Updated Philippine National Standard (PNS/BAFPS 07:2014 - Organic Agriculture) replaces PNS/BAFPS 07:2003.

Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 for the development and promotion of Philippine Organic Agriculture.
Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10068

Philippine National Standard in organic agriculture (PNS/BAFPS 07:2003) (.pdf; in English)
Executive Order No. 481 Promotion and Development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines establishes the National Organic Program (Scroll to find download; .pdf; in English)

  • Department Circular No. 5 Series of 2015: Revised Guidelines for the Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies (OCBs)

Date of Implementation: 2002

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The PNS is a mandatory regulation for sectors involved in the production and marketing of organic agriculture. The PNS covers sub-standards consisting of six parts, conversion to organic agriculture, crop production, processing, livestock, special products including mushrooms and honey, and labeling. Aquaculture standards are also available.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

International certifiers doing business in the country, whether as sole or in partnership with local certifiers, must first secure clearance from the BAFPS of the Department of Agriculture prior to any business transaction related to organic certification. List of accredited certifiers.

Accreditation Method:

Government

Accreditation:

BAFPS serves as the chair of the National Accreditation Committee which accredits certifying bodies as prescribe in the guidelines.

Additional Information

Reference Standards:

Harmonized with the IFOAM Basic Standards (IBS) and the Codex Alimentarius Standards for Organic Produce (CAC GL 32)

Additional Information:

USDA’s GAIN Report Philippines Exporter Guide (2019)
USDA’s GAIN Report Philippines Food Processing Ingredients (2020)
USDA's GAIN Report Philippines Retail Foods (2020)
USDA's GAIN Report Philippines Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Philippines Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)

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.