What is the Organic System Plan (OSP)?

« Return to all Certification FAQs

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 application. The OSP leads you through the standards and addresses common production questions and concerns.

This document acts as an agreement between you and CCOF. It defines how you remain in compliance with organic standards and explains what you do, how you do it, and what you use to do it with. During your pre-certification and annual inspections, your CCOF inspector will verify that what you do in practice matches what is in your OSP.