Looking Forward to 2017

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Date Published: 
January 17, 2017

CCOF Certification Services is looking forward to an exciting year in 2017. It is an honor to work with so many great farmers, processors, retailers, and others. As a certification organization we are constantly trying to improve what we do and how we do it. In 2017 we hope to make important strides. Here are some highlights from our 2017 workplan:

National Organic Program (NOP) accreditation: We expect to undergo our five-year reaccreditation audit from the NOP.

Field Evaluations: In the coming year we will perform field evaluations of every CCOF inspector to improve performance and meet NOP requirements.

Process Improvements: We plan to continue to build on the new Compliance Report and other efficiency projects we launched in late 2016. Look for better tools and greater efficiency in the system.

Compliance Processes: During 2017 we will continue to refine and implement detailed mediation, settlement agreement, and adverse action processes that more fully meet NOP instructions.

Online Organic System Plan (OSP): CCOF is exploring technology options that may support the development of an Online OSP portal. Our hope is to continue to revolutionize how you work with us to save you time.

Standards Implementation: We hope to implement new standards when the final animal welfare rule is released by NOP. Additionally, we plan to explore ways to address the Natural Resources and Soil Conservation guidance proactively, creatively, and with integrity while minimizing costs to growers.