What to Expect From Inspections in 2021

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Date Published
December 14, 2020

Thank you for your continued commitment to organic production during these unprecedented times. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some 2020 annual inspections were delayed. CCOF is required to ensure every operation receives one regular inspection corresponding to each calendar year. Therefore, the scheduling of your inspections in 2021 may be different than in previous years. 

If your 2020 inspection was delayed until early 2021, you will likely have a second inspection during 2021. If your 2020 inspection occurred later than usual in 2020, your 2021 inspection may occur earlier than you are accustomed to. For example, if your operation was inspected in June of 2019, your 2020 inspection may have been postponed to October 2020. As a result, your next annual inspection may need to occur as early as May 2021 to get your inspection timing back on track. This adjustment will help CCOF to avoid bottlenecks that could disrupt ongoing timely service.

We are especially grateful to our inspectors, who have continued to provide excellent service throughout the pandemic. When your agent contacts you to schedule your inspection, please work directly with them to find a mutually agreeable time for your inspection. Your inspector will make reasonable efforts to group inspections for efficiency and to reduce cost.

For information about how inspections are being conducted safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the CCOF website for helpful resources. Read our article, "Three Ways to Make Scheduling Your Inspection Easier," and download our helpful pre-inspection checklist to help you get ready. Please also see our articles and FAQs on effective inspections.  

If you are concerned about the timing of your upcoming inspection, contact us at inspectionoperations@ccof.org

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together to make organic the norm!