A Practical Manual for Producers and Exporters from West Africa
REGULATIONS,
STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION
FOR AGRICULTURAL EXPORT


Aïcha L. Coulibaly
Commodities and Trade Division, FAO
Pascal Liu
Commodities and Trade Division, FAO

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
THE TECHNICAL CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL COOPERATION(CTA)


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This manual has been produced with the financial support of The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Government of Germany and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The manual is partly based on the FAO/RUTA (Unidad Regional de Asistencia Técnica in Spanish) manual ‘’¿Es la certificación algo para mí? - Una guía práctica sobre por qué, cómo y con quién certificar productos para la exportación’’ by M. Andersen, C. Pazderka and P. Liu (2003, 32p, ISBN: 9968-866-30-X).

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction (179 KB)

WHY THIS MANUAL?
GLOSSARY

PART I (360 KB)

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS AND CONTROLS FOR IMPORTING

1. - Commercial Quality and Labelling Regulations
2. - Food Safety Regulations
      Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticides
      Biological Contamination and Product Traceability
3. - Environmental Safety and Phytosanitary Regulations
4. - Customs Clearance
5. - Organizations supporting export from West Africa

Part II (377 KB)

VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION

1. - Questions about certification
2. - Environmental Certifications
      Organic agriculture
      ISO 14001 Certification
      Utz Kapeh 28
3. - Social Certifications
      Fair-Trade
      SA 8000 Certification
4. - Food Safety and Quality Certifications
      EUREPGAP Certification
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5. - Goals of the six certification schemes
6. - Opportunities and constraints of the six certification schemes