Parliament adopts Law on Organic Farming

At its 12th regular session held on July 13, 2016, the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the Organic Farming Law, following its prior approval by the House of Peoples. The Law enters into force on the eighth day following its publication in the Official Gazette and its application shall start 12 months after the date of its adoption.

The law defines competent authority, laying down rules and procedures to be followed by operators involved in organic farming. The Law complies with and follows the provisions of the Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91. In terms of regulating organic food market, one of the main goals of the Law is to prevent inadequate and misleading use of terms “bio”, “eco” and “organic” and create conditions for better consumer confidence in this respect while promoting demand for organic products.