We have heard loud and clear from our members that they want to comply with the requirements of FSMA and their buyers, but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program. In addition, organic producers need a food safety program that works in harmony with the USDA NOP requirements. We see the value in offering a food safety certification program that not only respects and encourages organic systems, but also streamlines the paperwork and inspection process.
transition to organic
An operation or parcel is eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program if it is free of prohibited materials for one year and complies with all organic production requirements, but has not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.
No. The CCOF Certified Transitional program certifies operations in transition to compliance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, but who have not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.
Yes. To be eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program you must submit an application, including completing an Organic System Plan (OSP), and undergo the annual inspection and review process.
Becoming familiar with the organic regulations and the certification process can be challenging and stressful. Enrolling with CCOF as you work your land through transition can give you peace of mind, knowing that your practices are already verified as compliant with the organic regulations.
CCOF Certified Transitional program fees follow the CCOF fee schedule. Determine the annual value of what you produce (annual production value or APV), cut that by 50%, and then find the appropriate level on our fee schedule. The maximum annual certification fee for transitional operations is $1,050.00.
The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program:
Yes, the CCOF Certified Transitional program is for growers who are transitioning their crops and/or land from non-organic to organic. An operation or parcel must be inspected and demonstrate compliance with all certified organic production requirements, except the three-year transition time, to become CCOF Certified Transitional. Farm operations must have completed one year of transition from use of prohibited materials.
Certification typically requires up to 12 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: