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Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishing (Ministère de l'Agriculture et des Ressources Hydraulique et de la Pêche)

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

30, Rue Alain Savary
1002 Tunis
Telephone: (216) 71 801 055
Fax: 71 785 127
E-mail :
Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (web site; in English) under the decree of the Agriculture Ministry

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Law No. 99-30: organic farming (.pdf; in French)

Order of the Minister of Agriculture of February 28-2001 concerning the approval of standard specifications of plant production according to the organic mode. (O.G.R.T N° 19 – March 6, 2001)

Order of the minister of agriculture and hydraulic resources of July 9-2005, related to standard specifications of organic animal production.(O.G.R.T N° 57 –July 19, 2005

Order of the minister of agriculture and hydraulic resources of December 3-2005, related to the processing of organic products.(O.G.R.T N° 99 – December 19, 2005) (in Arabic)

Order of the minister of the agriculture, hydraulic resources and fisheries of September 27-2010, related to the modification of standard specifications of organic animal production approved by the order of july 9-2005.(O.G.R.T N° 79 - October 1, 2010)

Date of Implementation: 


Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

Aquaculture is not regulated.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

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.

Certification and Accreditation


Republic of Tunisia Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small and Medium Enterprises' National Institute of Standardization and Industrial Property published General Guidelines for certification of products from organic agriculture (.pdf, in French).


To apply, send a letter addressed to:
Monsieur le Ministre de l'Agriculture et des ressources hydrauliques,
30 Rue Alain Savary
1002, Tunis

Additional Information

Reference Standards: 

IFOAM Basic Guidelines and EEC

Additional Information: 

Tunisia pushes Tunisian producers to conform to EU regulation. Tunisia is on the EU's Third Country list. Tunisian organic agriculture is mainly geared toward export.

USDA’S GAIN Report Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Tunisia Exporter Guide (2019)
USDA’S GAIN Report List of Products Subject to Pre-Import Surveillance (2019)
USDA’S GAIN Report Order on Food Labeling and Presentation of Prepackaged Foods (2019)



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