Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
February 2008 - Adopted Standardization Organization for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO)'s guide to organic food production, processing and marketing and labeling: GSO CAC/GL 32:2008 Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods
February 2009 - Adopted the Saudi Commission for Standardization and Metrology (SASO) directory on the local level.
February 2009 - Adopted The Standards & Controls of Organic Farming Activity in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) is responsible for developing food and non food standards in the GCC. Once a new standard is approved by the GSO food standards committee, each member country officially adopts the standard, thus making it a national standard as well as a GSO standard.
GSO 2374:2014 Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods
February 2016: Organic Agriculture Law and Organic Agriculture By-Law
Date of Implementation: 2011
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
These standards promote the production, manufacture and trade of organic food and the formulation of definitions, rules and regulations related to organic activity. These standards also aim to protect people working in the areas of organic farming and consumers from fraud, and to support and provide the supply of organic products and their inputs leading to stronger organic agricultural sector in the Kingdom. The regulations for organic production include crops, livestock, poultry, bees, aquaculture animals, seaweed, processed food, and imported products.
Using the term organic in trademarks, brand names, pictorial matter or symbols relating to and placed on any packaging, document, notice, label, etc. accompanying or referring to a product which is non-organic or has not been certified is prohibited.
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is responsible for:
- The conditions and procedures for the analysis of organic products;
- The requirements for information to be included on organic product labels;
- The requirements for importing and exporting organic products
Non-Saudi logos can only be used if all of the following conditions are met:
- The producer and organic production unit have obtained organic certification from an accredited certification body.
- The product meets the conditions and standards prescribed under the Organic Agriculture Law and By-saw.
- The product is described as organic in Arabic and/or English
- The logo and data label are attached prominently and in such a manner as to make their removal difficult.
Beginning November 2012, requirements for import of organic fresh produce include: have a valid commercial import registration, providing a copy of the product's organic certification, and fulfilling other administrative requirements. See news report (website; in Arabic).
Among other requirements, imported products must be certified in the country of production, must be labelled with organic-production-data labels and logos, and the name of the certification body or registration number.
GCC Guide for Control on Imported Foods is useful for all food imports.