Lao Organic Standards
Organic Standards: the rules and regulations that define how an organic product must be grown, processed or made.
Organic standards are the starting point for organic agriculture. These standards give producers, traders and consumers a common definition of organic products, allowing them to buy and sell them with confidence. Organic standards are also used by producers to determine which agricultural inputs they are allowed to use, and to help processors determine what inputs and processing techniques they can use.
Laos recently introduced its own set of organic standards, which where developed through collaboration between PROFIL and the Lao Department of Agriculture. The standards are based on international norms developed by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Because they are based on internationally accepted norms, the Lao Organic Standards are very similar to standards in other countries, a fact that will help facilitate trade in organic products in the years to come.
The full text of the Lao organic standards can be viewed online in either English or Lao language versions. Please note that the English version of the standards contain some minor inconsistencies that will be dealt with during the next review of the standards regulations. The English language version of the standards is available here and the Lao language version is available here.
For paper copies of the organic standards, or for questions related to these standards please contact the PROFIL office directly. Go to contact page