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Temporary confinement of organic animals is allowed for specific reasons. These reasons are described in §205.239. All periods of confinement must be documented. Confinement records will be reviewed at annual inspections.
CCOF offers food safety certification to fruit and vegetable producers and packing houses with minimal processing. We have several programs available providing total supply chain coverage. CCOF only provides food safety audits for operations that have...
We review websites and marketing of CCOF certified operations to ensure that organic claims are truthful and not misleading about the status of organic and nonorganic products. We look for any use of the word “organic” as well as the CCOF logo or USDA seal. ...
Like organic certification, OPT Grass-Fed requires ruminants to graze throughout the grazing season. However, the minimum length of the grazing season is increased to 150 days and the required dry matter intake from pasture is increased to 60% in the grass-fed program. 
Yes, breeding bulls, animals denied pasture in accordance with temporary confinement allowances (§ 205.239(b)(1-8), and slaughter stock in the finishing phase are exempt from the 30% dry matter intake (DMI) requirement. Bulls cannot be sold, labeled, or represented as organically produced if they are denied pasture. Those animals temporarily denied pasture...
No, specific details about space requirements are not regulated at this point in time. The living conditions you provide must accommodate the health and natural behavior of the animals and include year-round access to the outdoors, exercise areas, fresh air, direct sunlight, shade, and shelter. Appropriate clean, dry bedding must be provided, and any shelter provided must be constructed to limit...
Yes, other allowed medical treatments include vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal remedies, and electrolytes. All health care materials must be listed in your Organic System Plan (OSP). Use MyCCOF: Materials Search to find and add materials approved...
¡Si! CCOF tiene un contrato de colaboración con ACO Certification Ltd. (Australia Certified Organic) para realizar inspecciones, para ofrecer la certificación JAS directa a las operaciones certificadas por CCOF.    A través de esta colaboración, las operaciones de CCOF pueden solicitar certificación JAS con ACO y tener su...
Yes you can. Retail stores are often certified by department, such as produce, meat, bulk foods, prepared foods, etc. Any or all departments can be certified. If you are certifying a prepared food section – such as a bakery, deli, salad bar, or juice or coffee bar – you may choose to certify only selected items instead of all items. As with all other types of certification where both organic and...
Certification of animals depends on many factors, including your recordkeeping system and the history of the land on which you manage animals. In some cases, CCOF can certify young animals that you currently manage when complete records are available to demonstrate continuous organic management. The final determination about whether animals can be certified will be made after your initial...
No, it doesn't help others and isn't required in order for someone else to make organic products in your commercial kitchen. Shared kitchens cannot be certified separately from the product produced in them. Facilities, including shared kitchens, are part of the process of making the products, so the people who use your kitchen must include the kitchen as the production facility in their own...
Non-organic breeder stock must be managed organically during the last third of gestation when the offspring are to be raised as organic livestock. They must also be managed organically while lactating and providing milk to their offspring. During other times, non-organic breeder stock does not need to be managed in accordance with organic standards.
If organic and non-organic animals are pastured in the same field, they must be clearly identified in a manner that will prevent commingling of the final organic product (meat, milk, etc.).
No, products labeled as organic must be produced in an inspected and certified organic facility. If you own or lease the facility, you can easily add an uncertified facility location to your own certification. If you contract with the facility to produce...
No, organic animals may only be fed certified organic feed, including pasture; however, dairy operations that are in their third year of organic management may feed crops and forage from land that is in its final year of transition during the 12 months immediately prior to the sale of organic milk. This allowance is provided to reduce the financial burden to dairy farms that want to transition to...
Upon completion of the application process and approval from both CCOF and OPT, you can use the grass-fed logo on your product. 
It depends. A dairy animal that has been under continuous organic management since the last third of gestation may be sold as organic slaughter stock only if it has never been treated with antibiotics or ivermectin, all of which must be clearly documented. Please note that if you intend to sell animals as slaughter stock, you should indicate this in your Organic System Plan and have slaughter...
Yes, you may store organic and non-organic feed in the same area ONLY if there is clear identification and labeling of feed, and you ensure there is no commingling of the organic feed and non-organic feed.
Yes, as long as adequate measures are taken to distinguish organic from non-organic, and storage practices do not pose a commingling or contamination risk for organic ingredients. You do not have to have a physical barrier in place, but adequate separation and labeling should be in place to protect the organic product.
Yes, our clients can transfer parcels, in the certification program, between CCOF certified operations without having to reapply. Simply complete the parcel transfer form and return it to us for each parcel transferred. You will be billed for the service...
We want to help our certified members grow their businesses, and in doing so the organic marketplace. One way we promote our members is by maintaining a searchable online directory of our certified operations. Those looking to find organic products or...
No, you must use 100% certified organic feed. There are no exceptions.
Yes, certified organic operations can use shared commercial kitchens to make their products, but they must certify the kitchen for their own use. In your application – called an Organic System Plan (OSP) – you will explain how you keep your products separate from any non-organic products or materials in the kitchen. You will also describe how organic product contact surfaces and processing...
Yes, you can use off-site storage facilities to store and distribute your products without having that location inspected or certified. Off-site storage facilities and distribution centers are not required to be certified as long as the products are packaged or otherwise enclosed in a container prior to being received or acquired. The product must remain in the same package and may not be...
No, once an organic animal is treated with any prohibited material, including antibiotics, it can never be brought back to organic production. Any animal treated with antibiotics will lose its organic status and can never return to organic production, even if the animal is managed organically and remains on the organic farm. You must ensure that animals treated with prohibited materials,...
To market your final product as organic, all slaughter and processing facilities must be certified organic. Contact facilities directly to determine if they have an organic certificate.In cases where a facility does not have an organic certificate, you may not use the facility unless it is inspected by CCOF on behalf of your operation. To be inspected by CCOF, the facility and its practices must...
If you are certified by CCOF, you can use the “Non-GMO & More” seal. If used on the same panel with the USDA seal, the USDA seal must appear more prominent. When the horizontal version of the "Non-GMO & More" seal is used, prominence is measured by height, and if the vertical version is used, prominence is measured by width. For additional labeling help visit our ...
Yes! The use of compost is encouraged. The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) both maintain lists of approved compost suppliers. You can also use...
At this time, the only synthetic parasiticides allowed for organic producers are ivermectin, moxidectin, and fenbendazole. You may only use these synthetic drugs for emergency treatment of dairy animals and breeder stock. Animals to be sold as organic slaughter stock may never be treated with these materials. Plant-based, herbal de-wormers and other non-synthetic materials are also allowed as...
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...
No, you cannot use lumber treated with arsenate or other prohibited materials for new installations or replacement purposes in contact with soil or livestock. You may use treated lumber on parts of your property that are not included in your certification, or in areas where the lumber will not contact soil or livestock.
Seeds treated with prohibited materials are not allowed. Look to the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) or the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) lists of allowed materials to find seed treatments that are approved. Our staff...
Su cuenta MyCCOF le permite ver las descripciones de las facturas y balances pendientes de su operación. Desde MyCCOF, vaya a la pestaña "Facturas" de su operación y vea los balances pasados y actuales. Una vez que está en la pestaña "Facturas", se puede ver el estado de su cuenta, la descripción de la factura y los balances pendientes. Para pagar su balance en línea, haga clic en el botón "...
Yes, non-organic animals can graze on certified organic land without affecting the land’s certification. If organic and non-organic animals are pastured in the same field, they must be clearly identified in a manner that will prevent commingling of the final organic product (meat, milk, etc.).
Dairy operations may transition non-certified livestock to organic by managing animals organically for one year. This is a one-time allowance for an entire, distinct herd. All other livestock, excluding poultry, must be managed organically starting no later than the last third of gestation to qualify for organic certification. Poultry must be managed organically starting no later than the 2nd day...
In addition to pasture and harvested forage, restricted amounts of organic grain-free feedstuffs such as beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, molasses, etc. can be used to balance rations. Supplemental vitamins and minerals are also allowed. Refer to the program standards for details. Note that even if a...
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...
Get yourself or your staff up to speed on CCOF’s certification systems and how to maintain your Organic System Plan (OSP) with CCOF’s OSP Walk-Through Service. Walk-throughs will be led by a CCOF Certification Specialist and can be customized for your specific operation. Use this form to ...
Many allowed feed supplements and additives are not certified organic. These include products that contain primarily vitamins and minerals. Any agricultural ingredients in feed additives or supplements, such as grains or molasses, must be organic. Feed additives and supplements may not contain genetically modified organisms or mammalian or poultry slaughter byproducts. All feed additives and...
Si, el USDA requiere que reporte todos los materiales que usa, incluso los fertilizantes, los materiales de manejo de plagas, ayudas de procesamiento, materiales del cuidado de salud de ganado, y otros materiales. Es fácil ver los materiales aprobados para su operación en la Lista de Materiales en su Plan del Sistema Orgánico (OSP).    Puede ver e imprimir su Lista de Materiales de OSP en...
Yes, transplants must be from certified organic sources. Growers must maintain certificates and invoices showing all annual transplants are certified organic.There are two situations in which transplants may come from nonorganic sources:Non-organically produced annual seedlings may be used to produce an organic crop when a temporary variance has been granted in accordance with 205.290(a)(2);Seeds...
No, retail stores are not required to be certified. But they can choose to be in order to provide assurance to customers and go the extra mile to ensure that organic product integrity is maintained. Retail food establishments (retailers) do not need to be certified in order to sell organic agricultural products. However, they are responsible for verifying and maintaining the organic integrity of...
Yes! We understand that you may be pressed for time or require certification of a facility or acreage 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...
Yes, the CCOF Certified Transitional program is for growers who are transitioning their crops and/or land from non-organic to organic. An operation or parcel must be inspected and demonstrate compliance with all certified organic production requirements, except the three-year transition time, to become CCOF...
Yes, CCOF offers two programs designed to verify your compliance with a variety of international standards, including those for EU member states, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, and others. Which program you should enroll in depends on which markets you are...
Yes. The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requires certification agencies to perform residue testing of organic product. Such testing acts as a deterrent to fraud and helps to prove to organic customers that the standards are upheld and that organic really does mean something. CCOF is granted the authority to collect samples for testing by the National Organic Program regulations section 205....
Yes. CCOF is required to conduct unannounced inspections by our accreditors, USDA ISO-65 and USDA NOP. Unannounced inspections encourage all certified clients to comply with the regulations. It shows that certified producers and processors are doing their best to comply with the regulations and willing to prove it. It proves to organic customers that the standards are upheld and that organic...
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 ...
Like other non-GMO verification programs, non-GMO does not mean GMO-free. The phrase “non-GMO” on certified organic products means that, as required by organic standards, the product was produced without the use of GMOs.
No! Use of this optional seal is included with the standard cost of organic certification.
Update your Food Safety Plan any time there are changes to products/ parcels/ acreage operation or changes to activities (e.g. addition of new packing equipment or line or addition of a new product). You are required to review and if necessary, update your Food Safety Plan annually at a minimum.
The National Organic Program has always allowed organic certification of hydroponic and container-based system. CCOF Certification Services (CCOF CS) has been certifying some form of substrate systems for decades. Container-based production for some crops like berries and tomatoes is growing in popularity in arid regions of California and Mexico because these systems have water-saving and...
Currently there is no federal regulation for organic cosmetics. If you would like to claim that your product is “certified organic” it must meet the same requirements as organic food, including the restrictions on non-organic ingredients and ...
Use MyCCOF Action Item Tracker to check the status of your updates and responses to CCOF. Log in to MyCCOF and go to the Action Item Tracker tab. You are taken to the “My Action Items” sub-tab, where you can view your action items from CCOF. Go to the second sub-tab, “All Action Items”, to view the items you’ve sent to CCOF and items you’ve...
La inspección en el sitio es una parte integral de la certificación orgánica. El inspector factura a CCOF el tiempo y los gastos de cada inspección. CCOF a su vez factura a la operación inspeccionada. Los costos de las inspecciones varían ampliamente. Por lo general, el principal factor de costo es la complejidad de una operación. Otros factores pueden incluir el conocimiento del productor de...
You may only use products that are certified organic, OMRI or WSDA-listed, or approved by CCOF. If you wish to use any product that is not certified organic or OMRI or WSDA approved, you must receive CCOF approval prior to use. You should always ensure that your approved list of materials, also known as your Organic System Plan (OSP) Materials List, includes all products you use or plan to use....
CCOF does not maintain a complete list of certified organic slaughter facilities. It is best to contact facilities directly to determine if they have a valid organic certificate. You can search for CCOF certified facilities by using CCOF’s online directory...
Submit an application as soon as possible to ensure efficient inspection scheduling. Inspectors book up fast and last minute applications may be more expensive. Prepare for your inspection by completing a program specific self-assessment (e.g. PrimusGFS,...
La manera en que usted etiquete sus productos certificados orgánicos depende de la cantidad de ingredientes orgánicos en ellos. La mayoría de los cultivos y productos de un solo ingrediente pueden etiquetarse como "orgánicos" y usar el sello USDA. Si está elaborando un producto de ingredientes múltiples con algunos ingredientes no orgánicos, se le puede permitir afirmar que su producto está "...
If you are unable to log into your MyCCOF account, use the “Forgot Password?” link below the Log In area. This option will send a unique link to your email to allow you to reset your password. Please note, your browser may have saved the previous password you were using, in which case you will need to clear your browser cache and saved passwords once you have reset your password. ...
Es probable que el inspector se concentre en los registros del año pasado, pero los registros de los últimos cinco años deben ser accesibles también. Los agricultores deben preparar una copia de so Informe de insumos de granja orgánica (OFIR), para mostrar todos los insumos desde la última inspección. Si hay muchas aplicaciones de insumos redundantes, puede preparar un resumen OFIR que enumere...
Log in to MyCCOF to view your operation contact information. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the desired Company Record from the ‘Company Data List.’ Click on the name of the operations you wish to view contact information for. The ‘Company Data List’ will show all Operations that you are currently a contact for. From here you can choose which company record will automatically open when you sign...
Certified transitional products cannot be represented as organic. CCOF has developed a separate logo for transitional products; only CCOF Certified Transitional operations may use this. Product sold as CCOF Certified Transitional must include the...
To add a crop to your Organic System Plan (OSP) and Client Profile send the following to inbox@ccof.org: The parcel number where the crop is grown or planned to be grown The crop The crop acreage If you would like to submit more than one crop at once, use the...
Para agregar un nuevo producto a su Plan de Sistema Orgánico (OSP) y certificado orgánico, envíe lo siguiente a inbox@ccof.org:  Todas las etiquetas del producto Solicitud del Producto: describe el nombre del producto, reclamo de la etiqueta, y mercados de exportación.  ...
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. View the ...
CCOF certification offers comprehensive services at a minimal cost to our clients. We understand that keeping certification costs down is important to our clients. The following tips are great ways to save time and money:Have your paperwork organized and prepared for your annual inspections.Respond to CCOF Request for Information letters in a timely manner to avoid noncompliance fees.Pay your...
The National Organic Program (NOP) outlines a specific order of pest control methods in areas where organic products are processed, handled, or stored. First use preventative measures, such as good sanitation, then mechanical measures, such as mechanical, sticky, or pheromone traps. If preventative and mechanical measures do not adequately control pests, you may use NOP allowed materials from...
As an Accredited Certification Agency (ACA), CCOF cannot provide consulting assistance for organic certification issues. However, as a service to our members and others, CCOF maintains a list of organic consultants who are available to...
Log in to MyCCOF to access your Inspection Report. From within MyCCOF, click on the ‘Inspection Status’ tab to see all current and past inspections for your operation. To get a copy of your Inspection report, click on the inspection you wish to view in the grid to highlight it. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the ‘Documents’ tab (pictured below). Here you can view and download a PDF of...
Log in to MyCCOF to view all letters from the CCOF office. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the ‘Documents’ tab. Here you can view outgoing correspondence from CCOF regarding your Operation. The “Date” column will match the date on a specific letter. The “Subject” column will tell you the type of correspondence.To access a copy of a letter click on the ‘File Name’ of the correspondence and...
Log in to MyCCOF to access information for your upcoming inspection. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the “Inspection Status” tab. Here you can view all past and present inspections for your operation, as well as the Season, Inspection Type, and Inspector. To locate Inspector Contact information click on the icon next to the Inspector name (pictured below). A window will appear with the contact...
Log in to MyCCOF to instantly download copies of your organic certificates. From within MyCCOF, click on the ‘Certificates’ tab.Here you will be able to view, download, and print copies of your Certificates and Client Profiles. The ‘Description’ column will tell you the Certificate type. The ‘Year’ column will tell you which year the Certificate was issued. The Certificates located in this tab...
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...
A CCOF Certification Specialist will review the inspection report for compliance with the standards. The review will likely be completed within 1-3 months after your inspection (or within 5 business days for Expedited inspections, or 30 days for priority inspection such as New Applications). Once the review is complete, CCOF will send you a Compliance Report with the results, along with a new...
Most materials containing inert ingredients do not specify which list these ingredients are on. Organic production allows only EPA List 4 synthetic inerts in pesticides. Verification from the manufacturer that synthetic inert ingredients, contained in pesticides, are on List 4 is needed to demonstrate compliance. Often times manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the identity of inerts, but may...
Certificates may only be issued by certifiers that have been accredited by the USDA. To verify if your supplier is certified by an USDA accredited certifier, see the list of accredited certifiers on the...
There are 2 ways to log in to MyCCOF to access your certification information. Visit the CCOF homepage and click on the ‘My Account’ tab at the top. From there you can log in to MyCCOF. Navigate to the MyCCOF website www.myccof.org
Por favor, entregue todos los documentos requeridos para su petición por correo-electrónico a inbox@ccof.org, por fax a (831) 423-4528, o por correo a la dirección de CCOF.      Cuando recibimos los documentos, se realizará un "Asunto de Acción" para cada una de sus peticiones, la cual Ud. puede rastrear por medio de su cuenta de MyCCOF. Use la sección "...
Log in to MyCCOF to update your operation contacts and their contact information. From within MyCCOF, click the ‘Client Update’ button in the ‘Contacts’ tab.  Click the 'Client Update' button (pictured below). This will open a CCOF Client Update PDF that you can save to your computer. 
Use the PDF to update contact information, including adding a contact, changing contacts, sales and...
Before making any changes to your operation, you must update your OSP. For processors and Handlers, use the Handler OSP Update Guide to ensure you submit all forms. Visit our Forms and Documents ...
The purpose of an organic inspection 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 Organic...
El objetivo de las inspecciones orgánicas es confirmar que su operación cumpla con las normas y los reglamentos del Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP) antes de que se certifique y cada año después de que se mantenga certificada. Los inspectores hacen esto al confirmar que lo que dice en su solicitud, llamado Plan de Sistema Orgánico (OSP), es lo que está haciendo en la práctica.   Un recurso...
OCal’s authorizing statute required the creation of a “comparable to organic” certification program that would be repealed if federal law changed to allow organic certification of cannabis and cannabis products. Therefore, the OCal regulations were designed to adhere to NOP organic regulation and guidance, with minor modifications to clarify cannabis-specific terms, support state administration...
Water and salt are excluded when calculating the organic percentage of a product. Use our helpful H2.0B Product Formulation worksheet to help you calculate the organic percentage of finished products. This worksheet will also help you if some of your...
We have heard loud and clear from our members that they want to comply with the requirements of FSMA and their buyers, but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program. In addition, organic producers need a food safety program that works in harmony with the USDA NOP requirements. We see the value in offering a food safety certification...
Livestock health care is largely based on preventive practices such as balanced nutrition and reduction of stress through exercise, freedom of movement, and appropriate housing. Vaccines and other veterinary biologics are allowed, as well as herbal preparations, and a...
Una vez que haya enviado las actualizaciones del Plan de Sistema Orgánico (OSP), puede rastrearlas con MyCCOF   Las siguientes solicitudes serán procesadas dentro de 1 y 2 semanas: Etiquetas actualizadas para los productos existentes Añadiendo terreno adicional (inspección adicional requerida) Nuevo material de insumos para cultivos (el control de...
OCal certification follows the same steps as organic certification and can take roughly the same amount of time. You can read more on timing here.     
Food Safety inspections must occur during the harvest, and if applicable, packing of the products you wish to be certified. Products with differing harvest practices and timings may require a harvest follow up inspection to verify harvest/packing practices, e.g. strawberries (inspection in March) and harvest follow up inspection for apples (verified in September). Inspection timing depends on...
A CCOF Certification Specialist will review the inspection report for compliance with the standards. The review will likely be completed within 1-3 months after your inspection (or within 5 business days for Expedited inspections, or 30 days for priority inspection such as New Applications). Please remember that we can provide a copy of your certificate at any time, or you can download a copy...
Típicamente, el proceso de certificación toma un periodo de 90 días después de recibir su aplicación completa. En casos especiales, es menos. Recomendamos que comience el proceso por lo menos 90 días antes de su cosecha o el lanzamiento de su producto orgánico.  La duración depende de los siguientes factores: Si su aplicación está completa cuando nos la entregue La complejidad de su operación...
Animals must be allowed to graze whenever pasture is available. Local geography and climate will determine the number of days that pasture is actually available in a given area, but organic ruminants must graze for at least 120 days per year. Oftentimes organic animals will graze 365 days per year. If irrigation water is available to your operation, it must be used to extend the length of the...
La certificación CCOF tiene un precio que proporciona un valor superior y permite que nuevas granjas, procesadores y otras empresas entren fácilmente en el mercado orgánico. Los costos de certificación continuos se basan en una tarifa anual y el costo de la inspección anual. También hay una tarifa de solicitud no reembolsable por única vez.   Las granjas pequeñas y los procesadores se...
CCOF offers inspection preparation letters for each operation type. You can prepare for your inspection by reviewing the appropriate pre-inspection letter that applies to your operation. Ask the inspector what they want to see, who they want to talk to,...
Log in to MyCCOF and go to ‘Company Data List.’ The ‘Company Data List’ will show all operations that you are currently a contact for. To access the information for a specific account, click on the name or the person symbol in the contact type column (pictured below). You will be brought to the home screen for the operation selected and will have access to all information connected to that...
To simplify the process and organize requests of this type, CCOF requires that you provide a completed External Client Inquiry Form to CCOF; submit it to ccof@ccof.org or via fax: (831) 423-4528.
New cannabis operations must comply with all state cannabis regulations and licenses. Visit https://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/ for more information.  Current CCOF-certified operations will be required to complete a separate OCal System Plan to describe their cannabis production. We are working to streamline...
If you broker but do not process, repack, or relabel products, we understand that you may add new suppliers and new products frequently. You must send an updated H2.6 Broker Suppliers list to inbox@ccof.org quarterly, at a minimum. You can also send new suppliers or products to us at any time....
Yes, as long as you use inputs, such as potting soil, pesticides and fertilizers, allowed under organic standards.  Treated wood is not allowed in contact with plants or soil.
Yes you can. You will need to maintain the organic integrity of the ingredients and products by preventing commingling and contamination of organic products with any prohibited materials, such as sanitizers, pesticides, and non-organic products or ingredients. Additionally, you will need to clearly distinguish organic products from non-organic products to provide accurate information to your...
Yes, restaurants are considered retail food establishments and are excluded from certification, but can identify products on their menus as organic without certification. Restaurants must prevent commingling or contamination of organic product/ingredients with prohibited materials, such as sanitizers, pest control materials, and non-organic ingredients. Additionally, restaurants need to comply...
You must protect organic integrity during receiving, storage, processing, packaging, and transportation. Many certified operations process both organic and non-organic products without any difficulty. These operations are referred to as “mixed” operations. Mixed operations are responsible for protecting organic ingredients and products throughout production. This is done by preventing commingling...
I provide services, what do I need to do when processing for other organic operations? Service providers such as nut hullers and coolers are a critical part of the organic supply chain, ensuring that organic producers have certified locations to handle their crops or products. Service providers must verify the organic status of incoming crops or products. While a customer may have brought in...
Yes. To be eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program you must submit an application, including completing an Organic System Plan (OSP), and undergo the annual inspection and review process.
When displaying bulk products that are certified "100% organic" or "organic" food in self-service bins or creating other product displays, you may post signs that provide the same information as listed on the original container or shipping documents. For example, your display, labeling, and display containers may use the USDA “organic” seal and the certifying agent’s mark, logo, or seal.
Yes, send all new or revised labels to CCOF for review and approval, even if you think the change does not affect your organic certification. Having your label reviewed by CCOF protects you from making costly mistakes. All labels must be included in your Organic System Plan, including a label redesign for an existing product, a new size of packaging for an existing product, labels for new...
Operations who enroll with CCOF during their transition will automatically become CCOF members. Our certified clients and members receive many benefits of being part of the CCOF membership, including advocacy, education, marketing support, and networking...
No, products that restrict organic claims to the ingredient listing only are exempt from the requirements of certification. However, the manufacturer needs to maintain documentation that the organic ingredients identified are organic and certified according to the regulations. Manufacturers should request and maintain on file current copies of organic certificates for each organic ingredient....
No, it is possible to manage a “split” operation, meaning that some animals are managed organically while others are not. It is important to make sure that the organic animals are easily identifiable, organic feeds are not commingled with non-organic feeds, and that you keep records of all farm activities, including both the organic and non-organic portions. Inspections for split operations tend...
No. The CCOF Certified Transitional program certifies operations in transition to compliance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, but who have not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.
Yes! We are proud to announce that CCOF is accredited to provide GLOBALG.A.P. certifications. Visit our Food Safety Services Page for additional information about CCOF's GLOBALG.A.P. certification and how to apply!
On-farm slaughter activities can be included as part of your Organic System Plan. CCOF will review your slaughter practices, including animal handling practices, and inspect this portion of your operation annually. In some cases, your operation may be required to comply with additional USDA requirements for slaughter operations. You will need to contact the USDA for more information. If you wish...
In July 2018, CCOF, Stellar and Demeter announced a partnership to allow organic operations certified by Stellar Certification Services to easily transition their certification to CCOF Certification Services, LLC. On July 31, 2018, Stellar Certification Services ceased to certify organic operations. Stellar is the organic certification sister...
Under the National Organic Program standards you may not withhold treatment from a sick animal in order to preserve its organic status. Any and all treatments, including antibiotics, must be used to return an animal to health, and all medical treatments must be recorded.
Yes! Always submit changes that may affect compliance to CCOF for review. Changes to your facility location may require an update to your OSP and an additional inspection. If your address is changing because your office or billing location has changed, simply complete the ...
Yes! We maintain a list of organic consultants and organic agricultural advisors who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. We understand that choosing materials appropriate for your specific situation can be challenging. Our staff is available to verify if a specific material is...
If you buy product from a small-scale organic producer who is exempt from certification, you may identify this product as "organic." But you may not identify this product as being "certified organic" and you may not display the seal, logo, or other identifying mark of a certifying agent; nor may you display the USDA “organic” seal in conjunction with this product.
Para cultivos que no sean brotes, se debe usar semilla orgánica a menos que las versiones orgánicas no estén disponibles comercialmente. Se requiere que los productores busquen semillas orgánica y deben documentar esta búsqueda...
Export and transaction certificates are used for exported products to demonstrate the product's compliance with the applicable standards of the destination country. The certificates contain transaction-specific details, such as the lot number(s), net weight, and the unique serial number that the certifier issues for each export certificate. Your importer or consignee will require an original...
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,...
GLOBALG.A.P. has different programs to meet the needs of different buyers. Be sure to talk to your buyers to determine which program level you need! Food Safety Certifications and Assessments: IFA: Integrated Farm Assurance – GFSI benchmarked certification. Top-level program. Important for exports. Includes food safety, traceability, environmental welfare, and worker welfare. PSS: Produce...
The main benefit of organic certification for retail food stores is bringing confidence to consumers that the organic integrity of the products they buy extend from the seeds used to grow their food to their shopping basket. Consumers want to know the store where they shop cares enough to go the extra mile to provide them that assurance of organic integrity. Apply for certification of your...
Risk assessments and checklists per program can help you construct your plan depending on activities. Self-assessment – using the specific GlobalG.A.P. standard checklist (IFA, HPSS, PHA, etc), you must self-inspect your own operation, record comments in each of the control points and if necessary, document evidence of corrective actions taken to fix any deficiencies. Your inspector will check...
The land requirements for wild crops are the same as managed crops. Verification that the land has been free from prohibited substances for a period of three years prior to harvest of the wild crop is required. The OSP section, Grower Application - Parcel...
Under the NOP there are specific requirements for the use of raw manure. Raw animal manure must be composted unless it is: Applied to land used for a crop not intended for human consumption. Incorporated into the soil no less than 120 days prior to the harvest of a product whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles (such as lettuce). Incorporated into the...
Ruminant animals are required to graze pasture anytime during the year that pasture is available for grazing. If pasture is not available for at least 120 days per year, the ruminants cannot be certified organic. Organic standards also require that animals obtain a certain percentage of their daily diet, or ration, from pasture. Grazing must provide at least 30% of an organic ruminant’s total dry...
The NOP regulations do not have specific prescriptive requirements regarding distance for buffering your organic crop from potential contaminants. Prior to implementation of the NOP, 25 feet was used as a baseline for appropriate buffers. CCOF still uses this as a threshold of concern to guide our decision making process along with other mitigating factors such as physical barriers and...
CCOF no puede recomendar ningún limpiador o desinfectante específico. Los procesadores/manejadores pueden utilizar cualquier desinfectante permitido para limpiar superficies en contacto con alimentos siempre y cuando el desinfectante no deje residuos y no entre en contacto con productos orgánicos. Los desinfectantes que tienen contacto con productos orgánicos deben estar en la Lista Nacional (205...
Use the Handler OSP Update Guide to ensure you submit all forms. I am a CCOF certified private label owner having my products made at a CCOF certified co-packing facility: I am a CCOF certified private label owner having my products made at a co-packing facility certified by another certifier: I am a ...
I process products for a CCOF certified private label owner: I process products for an uncertified private label owner: I process products for a private label owner who is certified by another certifier: Submit the Product Application.* A one-time fee will apply. Submit the ...
An operation or parcel is eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program if it is free of prohibited materials for one year and complies with all organic production requirements, but has not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.
CCOF believes in being responsive and service oriented, We encourage clients to engage in open dialogue regarding organic certification issues because your complete satisfaction is our goal. CCOF wants to provide options should you disagree with a CCOF policy, service issue, or certification decision that relates to your business. In these cases you are encouraged to contact the CCOF chief...
Navigate to the MyCCOF login page and click the ‘Forgot your password?’ underneath the login area. Enter your email. If the entered data matches with an existing account, you will get an email with your username and password. For additional help email myccof@ccof.org or call (831) 423-2263.
U.S. farmers and ranchers, agricultural educators, and farmer-assistance organizations can get answers about specific farming practices from ATTRA. Ask an expert. Need outside help? CCOF cannot actively consult with our clients regarding organic certification compliance. We do offer a list of organic consultants and agriculture and pest advisors...
Many operations assume that if they pay their fees they are not required to complete the Annual Renewal Contract. This is not the case! Organic regulations require that all operations pay annual certification fees, and complete a continuation of certification contract (CCOF's Annual Renewal Contract) every year. Failure to complete the contract will result in suspension of certification. When an...
No problem! CCOF staff are happy to assist currently certified operations transferring their certification to CCOF. We also offer a fee waiver for the one-time application fee. To receive the fee waiver, complete the Certification Transfer...
Growers whose seed or planting stock is determined by a third party must be able to demonstrate that the third party complies, on behalf of the grower, with the commercial availability requirement for seed or planting stock. CCOF must be able to verify that a commercial availability search was conducted for all non-organic seed or planting stock. If a buyer, seed distributor, or other third party...
“CN” means “combined nomenclature.” A CN code is a customs/tariff designation required in box 13 of export certificates for the EU. CN codes are published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Disclaimer: While CCOF can assist in determining CN codes, the accuracy of CN codes...
Most people think of hydroponic as an indoor system where roots are suspended in water. However, these systems are rare in organic production. Most systems broadly referred to as hydroponic use substrate and the majority operate with natural light. The NOP does not define hydroponic versus other types of container systems, so CCOF Certification Services broadly uses the term “container-based...
A lot number is a tracking system that links the organic product back to the farmer or incoming ingredient. The lot numbering system provides critical information regarding the origin of the products being used by processors/handlers, especially in the age of increased food safety requirements. Both incoming and outgoing products should include lot numbers to allow both recall and ingredient...
A wild crop is a plant or portion of a plant that is collected or harvested from a site that is not maintained under cultivation or other agricultural management. This means that in order for a crop to be considered wild it cannot be watered, fed, or otherwise managed. In order to certify a wild crop as organic it must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will...
La mejor manera de imaginar un camino de auditoría es pensar en un retiro de productos de inocuidad alimentaria. Si descubrió que un lote específico de un ingrediente orgánico estaba contaminado, usted usaría su sistema del manejo de registros para determinar qué lotes finales de producto entraron en ese ingrediente. Un camino de auditoría es la colección de documentos que le permiten hacer eso...
Dry matter is what remains after all of the water is evaporated out of a feed: grain and fresh or dried forages. Fresh pasture has high water content and will have a lower percentage of dry matter than an equivalent weight of dryer feed, such as hay or grain. Dry matter is an indicator of the amount of nutrients that are available to the animal in a particular feed. Livestock need to consume a...
MyCCOF es nuestra herramienta de administración de certificación orgánica en línea para todos nuestros clientes y facilita su certificación.. Con MyCCOF, puede monitorear fácilmente su certificación y renovaciones, acceder a documentos claves y rastrear el proceso de inspección y certificación. Además, puede pagar facturas, puede dar seguimiento a sus...
The National List is the list of non-organic materials you are allowed to use as ingredients, additives, or processing aids in your organic products. For processors this includes materials such as yeast, citric acid, baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and others. Only non-organic ingredients and processing aids included on the National List may be used in and on your products. CCOF must approve the...
Transitioned animals are dairy animals that were “transitioned” to organic status through one year of organic management. This method of transitioning animals is only allowed for new dairy operations, and is a one-time allowance. Animals that were transitioned to organic may never be sold as organic slaughter stock, nor used as replacement animals by existing organic operations. Animals that are...
The organic 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. Operations must update their OSP as changes occur. CCOF has developed a straightforward, comprehensive OSP as part of our organic...
CCOF Organic Certification Renewal occurs every year in January. Clients are sent an Annual Renewal Contract and an invoice for the annual certification program fees in November, which are both due January 1 of the following year. The Annual Certification Renewal Contract requires the following information to be submitted to CCOF: Updates on any pending requests for information or noncompliance...
OCal certified operations may use the CCOF Cannabis logo and the CDFA OCal Seal on their products. You may not use the word “Organic” or the USDA logo on cannabis products as this crop is not recognized as an agricultural commodity by the USDA. 
Hacemos que sea fácil para nuestros clientes averiguar si se permite un material en su granja. Puede usar los productos OMRI y WSDA siempre y cuando cumplan las restricciones aplicables. ¿Desea utilizar un material que no está en la lista de OMRI o WSDA? Revisaremos cualquier material no incluido en la lista. Todo lo que necesita hacer es enviar un...
Each organic ingredient must be identified as "Organic" on the ingredient statement of products labeled as "Organic," or "Made with Organic (specified ingredients)." The certifying agent must be identified by name ("California Certified Organic Farmers" or “CCOF”) on the information panel, beneath the name of the handler or distributor, and preceded by the statement, "Certified organic by...",...
Products labeled “Made with organic…” may contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients. Non-organic ingredients must either be agricultural or on section 205.605 of the National List. Any nonagricultural ingredient or processing aid that does not appear on...
The National List is the definitive source for allowed materials. However, several agencies and organizations create comprehensive lists of brand name products and ingredients that may be used in organic processing. Among them are the...
Organic operations must keep records of all activities and transactions. Such records may include: Input Records: Planting of seeds and applications of fertilizers or other materials must be documented. Animal Origin or Birth Records: Birth records must link organic calves to breeder stock and include birth dates or approximate birth dates. Medical Treatment Records: Treatments must be...
You can find wealth of resources about these topics from both the USDA National Organic Program and CCOF’s strategic partner, the Organic Trade Association, on our ...
El mantenimiento de registros y la organización son aspectos importantes para mantener la certificación orgánica, por lo que hemos creado documentos útiles y formularios de muestra para ayudar a nuestros clientes con estos retos. Nuestro paquete de apoyo de certificación de granja...
Although retailers are exempt from the requirement of being certified, they must still keep sufficient records demonstrating compliance to the standards. Records should include date of purchase, source, quantities, and organic certificates listing the specifics for organic products you purchase. Records should also include documentation of methods used for prevention of commingling and contact...
CCOF is proud to offer a variety of certifications and verifications to our clients, including USDA National Organic Program (NOP) (7 CFR Part 205) certification for growers, livestock, handler/processors, retailers, etc. CCOF provides certification to the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) standards for operations located in Canada, and international market verification and certification for various...
An amendment to an existing registration is required when an operation has one or more of the following changes to their registration: Addition of new facilities or growing locations in California Change of ownership Addition of production acreage A  change/addition of operation type(s). A registrant shall notify the Department of any change in the information reported on the registration...
This list details the most common situations that require organic processors or handlers to send information or documentation to CCOF, and what type of information you'll need to send. Read through this list and contact your Certification Service Specialist with additional questions. Use the Handler OSP Update Guide to ensure...
Antes de la inspección: Plan de sistema orgánico (OSP): este es el documento central de la certificación orgánica. El OSP debe estar completado antes de la inspección. El inspector comparará su OSP con sus observaciones, entrevistas y auditoría de registros. Un OSP excelente incluye todas las secciones aplicables, preguntas completamente respondidas y todos los archivos adjuntos necesarios (por...
The Global Food Safety Initiative is an international nonprofit umbrella organization that “benchmarks” (deems equivalent) food safety standards. Retailers or buyers that require food safety certification from their suppliers generally require that the certification standard be GFSI benchmarked. The CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. program offers GFSI-...
GLOBALG.A.P. is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit organization based in Germany that sets food safety standards for farmers. There are over 120,000 farms worldwide certified to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
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 inbox@ccof.org for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance...
Potting soil, soil amendments, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides are not certified organic. These types of products are “approved for organic production” by agencies like the Organic Materials Review Institute or Washington State Department of Agriculture, who certify products to be allowed for use in organic...
Todas las formas y documentos de CCOF se pueden encontrar en nuestra página de Formas y Documentos. Busque la forma por nombre o revise la lista de temas en la barra lateral. Asegúrese de haber seleccionado la forma para la ubicación, el idioma y el tipo...
Looking for organic ingredients? You can find the products produced and processed by CCOF members in our searchable online Organic Directory. The following resources will help guide you in finding other sources of organic ingredients, growers, and...
The National Organic Standards delineate the requirements for certifying livestock, beginning at section 205.236. CCOF also provides links to a variety of information sources on our certification Support Resources page.
Log in to MyCCOF to view your authorized contacts for your operation. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the ‘Contacts’ tab. Under the title ‘Has these Certification Contacts’ you can view the listed contacts for your operation as well as their individual information (phone, fax, email). Contacts designated with a red shirt in the ‘Contact type’ column indicate this person is the Main Contact for...
Visit our Organic Seed and Planting Stock Resources page for details on seed and planting stock requirements, and our list of organic seed and planting suppliers. Your diligence in sourcing organic seed and...
Crops intended for human consumption and whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles require a 120 day pre-harvest interval (PHI). A 90 day PHI is required for those crops whose edible portion does not come in contact with soil particles (i.e. orchard fruit). How the crop is grown and harvested with regards to soil contact will determine which pre-harvest...
Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) - The IFA standard is the top tier GLOBALG.A.P. standard and is great for those exporting outside of the US and especially to the European Union. IFA certification includes topics above and beyond food safety, like worker welfare and environmental sustainability. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) - The HPSS is a standard developed by United Fresh and...
As this program is administered via the CDFA for cannabis cultivators and distributors and via the CDPH for manufacturers, only operations located in California and licensed by the Department of Cannabis Control can apply.
Las siguientes personas y empresas que operan en el estado de California deben registrarse anualmente con el Programa Orgánico del Estado (SOP): Toda persona dedicada a la producción, manejo o procesamiento de productos agrícolas crudos vendidos como orgánicos; Los minoristas que se dedican a la producción de productos vendidos como orgánicos; y Los minoristas que se dedican al procesamiento...
Federal law does not currently allow for USDA organic certification of cannabis and cannabis products. 
Las inspecciones orgánicas confirman que su operación cumpla con las normas y los reglamentos del Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP) antes de que se certifique y cada año después de que se mantenga certificada. Los inspectores hacen esto al confirmar que lo que dice en su solicitud, llamado el Plan de Sistema Orgánico (OSP), es lo que está haciendo en la práctica. Un inspector calificado por CCOF...
Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to one of the existing third party food safety standards by retail buyers like Costco or Walmart. We anticipate that the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will mean more companies will be pursuing food safety assessment and/or certification. Even if law does not require it, assessment and/or...
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.
Becoming familiar with the organic regulations and the certification process can be challenging and stressful. Enrolling with CCOF as you work your land through transition can give you peace of mind, knowing that your practices are already verified as...
Because your buyer requires you to have GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification for some or all of your organic crops. CCOF is one of the most trusted names in certification, with over 40 years of commitment to the organic farming community. We seek to provide a cost effective program that will allow organic farmers to succeed as food safety certification becomes increasingly required by the...