The process to develop a DO for the Royal Quinoa of Bolivia’s southern high plains started in 2003. A Regulatory Council was established as an initiative from ANAPQUI, the association of small producers in the region.
However, it was not until 2016 that this process accelerated, as additional members joined in together with the Bolivian Government and other donors (including CBI, The Netherlands) to back a renewed Regulatory Council.
With a renewed legal framework and financial autonomy the Royal Quinoa DO Regulatory Council can monitor quality control, marketing and all aspects related to the Royal Quinoa DO.
What is a Geographical Indication
A Designation of Origin (DO) provides information on the geographical origin of a product and also certifies that certain qualities or characteristics of the product are due, to a greater or lesser degree, to the geographical environment in which it is produced, and sets it apart from other products, of a similar nature, that are not produced in the same geographical environment.
Basic requirements to make use of the seal of the Designation of Origin
The use of the Royal Quinoa DO for Bolivia’s Southern High Plateau is managed by a Regulatory Council. This Council has the ability to authorize the use of the DO Seal for all producers or processing establishments within the geographical areas recognized and accredited in the Declaration of the Denomination of Origin.
The Denomination of Origin Seal may be included in all products sold to third parties or strait to the public, as long as it is possible to trace the origin of these products through the Regulatory Council’s own traceability system.
The processed products, that is to say, the products that use the Royal Quinoa from Bolivia’s southern high plains, as only one of many ingredient, will not be able to use the seal of the Denomination of Origin due to regulatory restrictions imposed by the Andean Community of Nations. Such products may, however, receive a seal from of the European Union, once an indication of origin is obtained and recognized by that institution.
For further information, refer directly to the Regulatory Council, at: email@example.com, or to your Regulatory Council listed Bolivian exporter.