How long does organic certification take?

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Certification typically requires six to 10 weeks; less for special cases. We generally recommend that you begin the process at least 90 days before harvest or launch of your organic line.

The length of time depends on a number of factors:

  • How complete the application is when submitted
  • The complexity of your operation
  • How quickly you respond to any requests for information that arise during the review process

CCOF understands 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 review our Expedited Certification Program if you are short on time. In many cases we have reduced the timeline by several weeks and ensured the client's success.