Light Barriers to Imports

Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment’s Department for Organic Production

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment
Directorate for National Reference Laboratories
Department of Organic Production
Batajnicki drum
11080 Zemun, Zemun

Contact person: Alexandra Removic
Phone: +381 11 377 20 80

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

In May 2010, a new Law on Organic Agriculture (.pdf; in Serbian) was passed in the Parliament ("RS Official Gazette", no. 30/10), and came into force on 1 January 2011. This law has been prepared in accordance  with the EU legislation on organic farming (Reg. (EC) No. 834/2007 and its implementing rules).

Also Rulebook on Control and Certification in Organic Production and Methods of Organic Production was published in July 2011 (“Official Gazette of RS”, No. 48/11).

Older laws:

The Law on Organic Production and Organic Products (.pdf; in Serbian) was adopted by the Serbian Parliament in July 2006 ("Official Gazette" No. 62/2006).

After adoption of the Law on Organic Production and Organic Products in 2006, the Ministry of Agriculture issued six ordinances that were adopted by the end of 2008:
- Ordinance on national label on organic products ("Official Gazette" 107/2007)
- Ordinance on conditions for trading with organic products ("Official Gazette" 07/2008)
- Ordinance on keeping data and reporting on organic production ("Official Gazette" 14/2008)
- Ordinance on packaging, storing and transportation of organic products ("Official Gazette" 96/2006)
- Ordinance on requirements to be met by a legal entity issuing the certificate, i.e. re-certificate for organic products and on the manner of their issuing ("Official Gazette" 81/2006) (.pdf; in Serbian)
- Ordinance on official identification of inspectors for organic production ("Official Gazette" 61/2008)

Date of Implementation: 


Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

Law defines production, processing, labeling, storing, transportation, domestic trade and export and import of organic products (vegetable and animal products). Law regulates production of organic agriculture products, systems and methods of organic farming, as well a system of controlling and certifying the whole chain of organic production. Includes animal aquaculture.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

If organic products are imported, in addition to a certificate issued by the competent body in the country of origin, it is also necessary to obtain recertification from the authorised national body, for which the importer is required to file an application.

A rulebook on import of organic products is in draft phase.

Certification and Accreditation


Accreditation Method: 



The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for issuing accreditation for certification bodies. Accreditation procedures include registration at the Ministry of Agriculture and regular reporting to the Ministry about certified organic production. Most of the organic products that are not processed are being exported, and Serbia is preparing to perform custom control of the goods being exported without certified organizations approved by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture.

Additional Information

Reference Standards: 

EU regulations and IFOAM standards. The government’s goal is to become a full member of IFOAM.

Additional Information: 


Review definitions of terminology included in this website.