Certification News

Updates and information that help you stay compliant.

August 25, 2014
“I went to school back east for a whole bunch of years (SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse) and earned a Ph.D. in soil...
August 25, 2014
NOP requirements state that all certified operations must maintain detailed records. These records must fully disclose all activities and...
July 28, 2014
Many CCOF operations submit add acreage information to CCOF immediately prior to harvest or during inspection. It’s never too early to add...
July 28, 2014
Carmel Valley, California “I’ve been inspecting since 2004, exclusively for CCOF. I love complicated multi-departmental clients, the more challenging...
July 14, 2014
One of the key challenges for organic farmers and processors is ensuring that your practices comply with NOP requirements. CCOF understands this...
July 14, 2014
Deciding what materials are allowed and not allowed, and what restrictions might apply can be a difficult and daunting task. CCOF understands this,...
July 7, 2014
As of July 1, 2014 organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be exported and labeled as organic in either country....
July 7, 2014
Aubrey, California
June 26, 2014
CCOF Certification Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Lamendella to the position of Director of Farm Programs Certification. In...
June 26, 2014
Many CCOF operations are enrolled in a program they do not need. CCOF is saving 600+ operations $125 each during the 2015 renewal by processing this...
June 26, 2014
As described in our blog post “CCOF Focused on Moving Organic Forward”, CCOF will be expanding GMO testing within the Periodic Residue Testing...
June 26, 2014
Did you know that all certified CCOF operations remain certified until their certification is formally withdrawn, suspended, or revoked? Did you know...
June 26, 2014
CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:
June 26, 2014
We strive to provide our clients with excellent service. To help us continue to provide this high level of service, it is essential we implement...
June 23, 2014
The Chinese market is proving to be a challenging one for U.S. organic produce to enter. Chinese consumers are demanding more U.S. organic product,...
June 23, 2014
Are you wondering what information to send to CCOF, and when to send it? You’re not alone. Read through our FAQ “What types of information should I...
June 23, 2014
“This is where I like to be — out in the fields, down in Mexico, learning a lot —in this picture, it's about tequila.” Judy Brown began studying...
June 16, 2014
On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency...
June 16, 2014
Danielle Baker Chico, California
June 9, 2014
CCOF Certification Services President Jake Lewin will be participating in this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting. Lewin...
June 9, 2014
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based association with the mission to promote and protect organic trade, recently launched an...
June 9, 2014
CCOF has an incredible team of inspectors and on occasion we will be highlighting some of our awesome inspectors! This week we highlight Kelly Abbott...
June 2, 2014
On April 25, 2014 the National Organic Program released a proposed guidance document regarding Substances Used in Postharvest Handling of Organic...
June 2, 2014
Final guidance regarding products in the “Made with Organic***” category was finalized May 2, 2014. The guidance addresses a variety of labeling...
June 2, 2014
The NOP’s latest Organic Integrity Quarterly Insider includes interesting articles about rulemaking issues and activities of the National Organic...
June 2, 2014
Did you know CCOF’s own farmers’ market best practices guidelines are a great resource for addressing labeling, signage, and other practices at...
June 2, 2014
The Chinese standard does not allow equivalence agreements with other countries for organic products, meaning U.S. operations wishing to send their...
April 8, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014: On February 13, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) released Instruction Document 4009: Who Needs to be Certified, and...
April 8, 2014
U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014 The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic products certified in...
April 8, 2014
The CCOF materials revolution continued in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF-certified members.
January 22, 2014
We at CCOF are concerned about the potential effects of the current severe drought on organic livestock operations in California and elsewhere. To...
January 15, 2014
As concerns about Asian citrus psyllid have increased, we are making an effort to update our process for addressing mandated applications of...
January 8, 2014
After several years with no changes, we are modifying our inspection fees to keep up with rising costs and ensure excellent service. Effective...
January 8, 2014
En Español - Finalización de los Acuerdos Orgánicos de Mexico.
January 8, 2014
CCOF has recently improved the MyCCOF: Supplier Management service and expanded our rollout. New improvements:
November 6, 2013
The USDA has published Final Rules that, effective November 3, 2013, update the USDA organic regulations. These three changes are about materials...
October 21, 2013
Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In early November, we will...
October 18, 2013
Great News! Just recently, the USDA National Organic Program and the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) signed a bilateral...
October 18, 2013
After at least two extensions for processed organic products entering Korea, it has become clear that the Korean government will enforce its...
October 18, 2013
Food Safety Certification for Your Organic Operation Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to food safety standards by...
October 18, 2013
For most operations, your onsite CCOF inspection is one day out of the year. We know that this day can be stressful and takes your focus away from...
October 18, 2013
We have made some substantial changes to our Certification Services Program Manual. These changes affect all CCOF clients, and you will be asked on...
July 10, 2013
On February 28, 2013, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued Guidance Document NOP 5029, "Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic...
July 10, 2013
We strive to provide cost-effective certification services that respond to your priorities. Each year, CCOF receives about 11,000 requests for...
July 10, 2013
Food safety continues to be a hot topic for consumers and producers alike. The passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent release...
April 10, 2013
In the last six months CCOF has been in an ongoing dialogue with the National Organic Program (NOP) and USDA about issues we see in the certification...
April 9, 2013
On January 28, CCOF Certification Services achieved a huge milestone by tripling our front line phone service. As we’ve reported previously and...
April 9, 2013
CCOF maintains a convenient, modular OSP and streamlined annual update process. Under the NOP’s recent training modules, CCOF is working to help...
March 14, 2013
Update: This is an update to the version published in our E-Newsletter on 3/11/13
January 23, 2013
In an effort to improve our materials we have revised all CCOF program and standards manuals. In particular, all clients are strongly encouraged to...
January 23, 2013
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January 23, 2013
Recently, the NOP issued final rules and instructions to certifiers that provide important improvements to certification and require certifiers to...
January 23, 2013
As the market for organic products expands globally and organic production grows, we are seeing developments and/or modification to organic standards...
January 23, 2013
CCOF has produced an Organic Handler Certification Support Packet to help processors and handlers understand certification issues, record keeping,...
January 23, 2013
In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact...
January 23, 2013
Have a question about certification? Want to know who to call? Want a dedicated contact at CCOF? We have good news for you.
October 22, 2012
A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831)...
October 22, 2012
Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In mid-November, we will...
October 22, 2012
This image appears in the CCOF Certification Program Manual. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect each year. While we...
October 22, 2012
CCOF now offers extended services to any client who chooses to enroll in the Extended Services Program. We offer a suite of additional services...
October 22, 2012
Sodium (Chilean) nitrate is currently allowed for use only so long as it is not more than 20% of the crops total nitrogen needs. This material is...
July 20, 2012
Too often in the certification process we don’t get the opportunity to tell you how much all of us at CCOF appreciate your hard work producing...
July 20, 2012
CCOF is scanning all client files and eliminating our use of paper records. Our client files equate to a length of more than two football fields and...
July 20, 2012
This image appears in the revised CCOF Manual 1: A CCOF Guide to Certification. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect...
July 20, 2012
Did you know that every time you send an update or request to CCOF, we create an inbox item, assign it a due date, and track how quickly it’s...
July 20, 2012
One of the most common sources of frustration for certified operations is being issued Notices of Noncompliance for minor paperwork issues, such as...
May 1, 2012
Please be aware that effective March 5, 2012, CCOF has modified “CCOF Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification” to more clearly define “clients” and...
May 1, 2012
Improvements for Materials Tracking and Approvals Continue: We have heard loud and clear that one of our clients’ biggest frustrations with the...
May 1, 2012
CCOF now offers elite level services to any client who chooses to enroll in the Elite Service program. We are offering a suite of elite level...
May 1, 2012
CCOF EU Standards and GMA Program Webinar: April 19, 2012. Learn about the new agreement, market opportunities, how to save time and money within the...
February 15, 2012
More Money Available for Certification Cost Share! CCOF is excited to announce that the 2012 Certification Cost Share Program, which will cover 75...
February 15, 2012
As reported in the last issue of Certified Organic, CCOF certification renewals were due January 1, 2012. If you have not already paid your annual...
February 15, 2012
CCOF was formally listed in the Official Journal for the European Union as an Equivalent Certifier on December 6, 2011. Under this listing, effective...
February 15, 2012
In the spring 2011 issue of Certified Organic we discussed new instructions from the NOP regarding the release of noncompliance information and...
February 15, 2012
Quebec recently announced that effective January 1, 2012, it will adopt the Canadian Organic Standards and harmonize labeling requirements between...
February 15, 2012
In the last several months CCOF has worked with our clients, other certifiers, and the National Organic Program to improve our approach to the U.S.-...
October 20, 2011
After more than five years without a change to CCOF's certification fee schedule, we are forced to implement changes to guarantee a high level of...
October 20, 2011
Over the last year, CCOF has created computerized records for all inputs used by our clients. These records allow us to improve organization and...
October 20, 2011
Renewals Are Coming! To remain certified with CCOF every operation must submit an annual certification contract and pay their certification fees....
October 20, 2011
To reduce paperwork, CCOF has modified our Private Label Seal Use approval process. Under our new system, clients will only need to complete the CCOF...
July 25, 2011
Full implementation of the U.S.-Canada Organic Regime (COR) organic export agreement came into effect on July 1, 2011. This means full enforcement of...
July 25, 2011
To serve client needs and ensure the resources needed to provide timely service, CCOF has implemented new Rush Review services for OSP updates,...
July 25, 2011
The National Organic Program (NOP) recently announced an important clarification to the use of chlorine in organic production systems. This may...
April 20, 2011
CCOF performs about 2,800 inspections per year! That's about 11 inspections per workday. Completing these inspections effectively is crucial to...
April 20, 2011
The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released the 2011 edition of the NOP Program Handbook. This manual includes instructions and guidance for...
April 20, 2011
CCOF is pleased to announce that inspector Laura Murray assumed the Regional Service Representative (RSR) role for both the Pacific Southwest and...
April 20, 2011
In response to client requests for clearer and simpler communication, CCOF has launched new letter formats. These new formats have been tested for...
January 17, 2011
As reported in the last issue of Certified Organic and on 10/27/10, CCOF annual certification renewals are due January 1, 2011. If you have not...
January 17, 2011
Two new documents have been created to help CCOF clients understand the certification process. What to Expect After Your Inspection: Clarifies the...
January 17, 2011
CCOF has recently released a new version of Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification. This improved version includes several updates and...
January 17, 2011
We are pleased to announce the full client-wide release of CCOF's new online certification management portal, MyCCOF. This additional service is...
January 17, 2011
In early November 2010, the National Organic Program (NOP) clarified that under the U.S.- Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement all products...
January 17, 2011
Beginning in 2011, CCOF inspectors will no longer provide a copy of their inspection reports directly to clients. Instead, all inspection reports and...