The organic movement Latin America started in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In Guatemala, the organic production techniques were promoted an made visible by non-governmental organizations, among which the work of the entity ALTERTEC stood out, it was present in the country from 1987 to 2000, working with several local producer organizations, such as ASOBAGRI, APECAFORM, GUAYAB’s and CHAJULENSE Association. The organic production was, at first, oriented mainly towards the export of the products to Europe and the United States.
Many Latin American producer organizations, individual farms, processing, and trading companies, initiated on organic production, and needed certification services to achieve the international trade of their products. Mayacert entered as a response to these needs, with the support of ALTERTEC, in 1992 began the development of its organic certification program led by the agricultural engineer Noe Rivera Flores. In 1995 Mayacert completed its First Course of Organic Standards and Inspection in Guatemala, which was endorsed by the Association of Inspectors of the USA, based on the standards of Europe, the USA and Japan; As a result, the first team of inspectors for farms and processing plants in Guatemala was formed.
Mayacert was officially constituted in August 1997 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In 1999 Mayacert achieved its first accreditation of ISO 65 (Equivalence to European Norm EN 45011) in regulation EEC 2092/91 by the entity Verein Zur Begutachtung von Prufstulleg from the Republic of Germany. Mayacert began working in Guatemala with plans to expand towards Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America; certifying organic production operations, with products such as vegetables, coffee, cardamom, and bee honey, and recognizing in each operation the importance of natural ecosystems, the conservation of resources and the cultural values of the Mayan ethnic groups.
Mayacert's headquarters are currently in Guatemala, but it also has coverage and local certifications in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Peru; and it continues its expansion, opening in 2019 its first office within the Asian continent, in Sri Lanka. Today Mayacert is accredited by DAkkS Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (German accreditation body) in compliance with the European Regulations on organic production and ISO 17065, National Organic Program/United States Department of Agriculture (NOP/USDA). Among other local and international certifications, such as JAS Organic, Biosuisse Organic, Kraw Organico, Organic Food Colombia, SAGARPA MEXICO Organic, SENASA Peru Organic, Organic audits MAFRA of Korea (Alliance with Doalnara Certified Organic Korea, LLC), Evaluation of organic inputs with compatibility with organic standards, Utz Certified, CAS (4C), Bird Friendly Habitat, FairTSA, Global SPP, Global Compact, HACCP, BPM, BPA, BPP, Global GAP Audits and GRASP (Alliance with Agricert).