These terms are used interchangeably by CCOF. You are a handler if you process products or if you merely arrange for the sale and purchase of already-packed product. All non-grower operations are handlers. Anyone who sells, processes, or packages agricultural products is considered a handler and “Handler” will appear on your organic certificate.
Each year, CCOF sends each client an OSP Materials List of all specific processing aid and farm/livestock input materials in use by the client. Before using a new processing aid or farm/livestock input material (fertilizer, pest control, livestock medication), you must request approval from CCOF. Use of materials, even OMRI and WSDA listed materials, without prior approval may result in a... Read more
Yes, CCOF certification confers the ability to use either the CCOF seal or the USDA seal (or both) on products sold as “100% Organic” and “Organic.” The USDA seal may not be used on products labeled as “Made with Organic (list of specific ingredients).” USDA National Organic Program standards define the labeling requirements for certified organic products.
Since 1973, the CCOF seal has... Read more
CCOF provides organic certification only for crops and products made from them. We do not certify farm inputs and non-organic processing aids.
Inputs and processing aids are reviewed and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
Yes! We understand that you may be pressed for time or require certification by a certain deadline. In these cases, we are pleased to pull out all the stops and provide expedited services that meet your deadline. Please consider our Expedited Certification Program application if you are short on time. In many cases we have reduced the timeline by several weeks and ensured the client's success... Read more
Yes! MyCCOF is the first of its kind online organic certification management system. MyCCOF is free for all clients and provides access to records, bills, inspection reports, certificates, and more. Our website also offers a wealth of forms, payment options, and other tools to support your certification and trade association needs. We are truly committed to saving you time by providing online... Read more
CCOF wants to help you address marketplace problems and complaints. Under the National Organic Program, all products marketed as organic must be certified. If you witness organic products being mislabeled or fraudulently identified, you are highly encouraged to report the problem. Reporting is the best way to stop fraudulent practices.The Short Answer
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As an Accredited Certification Agency (ACA), CCOF cannot provide consulting assistance to meet organic certification issues. However, as a service to our members and others, CCOF maintains a list of organic consultants who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. The list also includes organic agricultural advisors who are members of the CCOF Trade... Read more
In the simplest terms, certification involves an application, review, inspection, compliance with any standards issues, and, finally, certification. The detailed steps to organic certification are outlined for you.How the process works:
In your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), you explain what you do, how you do it, and what you use to do it.
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Before making any changes to your operation, you must update your OSP. Visit our Forms and Documents page to find the forms that you need to update. Submit your fully completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit partially completed forms! Certification staff will review your updates and let you know if additional information is required. Please allow as much time as possible for... Read more
CCOF certification is priced to provide superior value and to allow new farms, processors, and other businesses to easily enter the organic marketplace. Ongoing certification costs are based on an annual fee and the cost of the annual inspection. There is also a one-time, non-refundable application fee.
Small farms and processors are routinely certified for between $600 and $1,200.... Read more
The purpose of organic inspections is to confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before it is certified and every year after as long as it remains certified. Inspectors do this by confirming that what you say in your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), is what you are doing in practice.
An excellent, low-cost resource titled Preparing for... Read more
Fillable forms are versions of frequently used and/or modified documents that are available in electronic format for easy editing. Each form is a Microsoft word document formatted and locked to allow you to easily enter your data. Available forms include material review requests, annual certification contracts, parcel transfer, withdrawal and additional acreage documents. For processors,... Read more
MyCCOF, our client-wide online organic certification management tool, makes certification easier for you. Use MyCCOF to monitor certification and renewals, access key documents, and track the inspection and certification process. You can even track invoices and pay bills online.CCOF has long been a leader and innovator in organic certification. MyCCOF, our client-wide online organic... Read more
The certification application is called an Organic System Plan (OSP). A complete OSP is required by the National Organic Program (NOP). The OSP is a detailed description of the practices and procedures used by your operation to produce organic goods. Clients update their OSP as changes occur.
CCOF has developed a straightforward, comprehensive OSP as part of our organic certification... Read more
Any time you are considering a change to your organic production, you must update your Organic System Plan before making any changes and submit the update to email@example.com for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance and possible suspension of your certification. This includes changes to the following:Change in management or... Read more
There are dozens of reasons to choose CCOF for your organic certification. Learn why CCOF should be your choice for certification or browse our website for more information.