CCOF offers a comprehensive suite of resources for growers looking to go or stay organic. Be sure to bookmark these resources and visit them often!
CCOF Certification Program Manuals
CCOF manuals describe our certification programs and NOP organic standards. We strongly recommend that all new applicants review them closely.
Organic Certification Fees
CCOF supports the growth of organic by providing service-oriented organic certification with highly trained staff who can answer your questions, online tools to manage your certification, and resources to grow your business. Review CCOF’s certification fees here.
Looking for organic ingredients? The following resources will help you find growers, manufacturers, and other sources of organic ingredients:
- CCOF’s online organic directory: In CCOF’s searchable directory you can find the products produced and processed by CCOF members.
- USDA Organic Integrity Database: All USDA certified organic operations around the world.
- Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI): OMRI lists nonorganic materials and inputs allowed in organic farming and processing. Always get approval from CCOF before using any nonorganic material.
Recordkeeping is an essential part of organic certification. We have developed a collection of sample forms and worksheets to help you maintain compliance with organic standards, and help ensure your continued certification with CCOF.
Processor, Handler, and Retailer Affidavits and Worksheets
- Sample Handler Audit Trail — An audit trail is a collection of documents that demonstrates your recordkeeping system.
- Organic Fraud Prevention Plan — Use this worksheet to describe your Organic Fraud Prevention Plan.
- Sample Equipment Cleaning Log
- Sample Agricultural Ingredient Availability Search Record
- Nonorganic Processing Material Affidavit — Used to document any nonorganic material you would like to use in your certified products. Forward this affidavit to your material manufacturer. They must fill out and sign this form.
- Natural Flavor Affidavit — Give this affidavit to the flavor manufacturer so that we can verify that the natural flavor you want to use is compliant. To save time, be sure to check with us before submitting this information to see if we have reviewed the natural flavor before.
- Pest Control Material Justification
- Sample Complaints Log
Additional Sources for Sample Records
The NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project provides a wealth of organic farming and processing information and sample documentation forms. Visit their webpage to find the package that best fits your production type.
CCOF Certification Resources
- Certification Tips for Growers and Handlers – Helpful tips for growers and handlers starting out in organic certification.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — From getting started to determining what inputs can be used, find all your answers here.
- Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule – SOE is regulation put forth by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).This is the most significant change to the national organic regulations since the creation of the NOP. Handlers and Processors can review key takeaways here.
- Handler OSP Update Guide – Use this form as a guide for which OSP forms must be updated in various scenarios.
- Business Change Contract – Complete this form if a change to an organic business you manage or own results in a new Tax ID, business structure, or owner.
- Equipment, Facility, or Address Change form – Use this form to notify CCOF that you will be moving or you plan to add a new facility or new equipment to your existing organic certification.
Labeling Guides and Resources
Our labeling resources are here to help you develop compliant labels for any product. Be sure to read through our labeling guides and download logos.
- How to Develop Compliant Organic Labels
- Organic Labeling Guidelines
- International Labeling Guidelines for products exported to specific markets
- Organic Claims on Websites and Other Marketing – Learn more about what CCOF looks for on a website to help you design a compliant website and prevent consumer confusion.
- Labeling requirements for alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, and spirits) are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Labels for certified organic alcoholic beverages must be pre-approved by CCOF before they are submitted to the TTB for final approval. You can find requirements and labeling guidelines on the TTB website.
CCOF cannot actively consult our clients regarding organic certification compliance. We provide a list of Organic Consultants as a resource to anyone seeking assistance with developing an Organic System Plan or other operational or regulatory matters.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has developed a helpful website with fact sheets and sends out an e-newsletter to alert certified operations and certifiers of changes to organic standards. Sign up for the Organic Insider to hear about updates at the same time as CCOF!