How do organic inspections work?

« Return to all FAQs

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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 Inspection, which includes checklists and other resources, is available from NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Inspections for New Applicants

In your Organic System Plan (application) you explain what your do, how you do it, and what you use to do it with. Once the CCOF home office receives and reviews your application, your inspection assignment will be forwarded to an appropriately experienced inspector in your area. That inspector will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable time for your inspection.

The inspector will verify that your practices are in compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) and any international requirements you request. This is performed through verification that your Organic System Plan accurately depicts your practices and procedures.

Inspections for Existing Clients

Currently certified operations will be assigned an inspection annually by your Inspection Supervisor. You can find your Inspection Supervisor listed in your MyCCOF contacts area. They can answer questions about inspection timing or your assigned inspector.

If I am CCOF Certified Transitional, will I have to be inspected?

How can I control the cost of my organic inspection?

What will happen at my organic inspection?

Three Ways to Make Scheduling Your Inspection Easier