Self-Attestation Removed from U.S. – Canada Organic Equivalence

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Date Published: 
June 29, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has clarified their import policy for USDA certified organic products traded under the United States-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (USCOEA). 
As of April 30, 2020, all certified USDA organic products imported to Canada must be accompanied by an organic certificate that includes the following attestation statement: “Certified in accordance with the terms of the U.S. – Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement.” 
If you export to Canada and are not already enrolled in CCOF’s Global Market Access (GMA) Canada program, email or visit CCOF’s Canada webpage and submit a GMA application. If you do not export to Canada, but you sell to operations who do, you may be required to enroll in CCOF’s GMA program. Review CCOF’s Canada webpage for information on critical variances and risk assessment criteria.
Once you apply, CCOF will review your production methods, products, ingredient suppliers, and labels for compliance with the terms of the equivalency and ensure the required statement appears on your certificate.
For more information, visit the CFIA website.