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CCOF Will Soon Offer Cannabis Certification for California Producers

CCOF now supports California operations producing cannabis and cannabis manufactured products with a comparable-to-organic program. OCal certification ensures cannabis operations meet standards that are consistent with the National Organic Program (NOP). Operations that gain OCal certification will be able to use both the CCOF cannabis logo and the OCal seal on their products.

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Changes to Sourcing NOP Ingredients and Products from India

If your operation is sourcing NOP-certified organic ingredients or products from India, you will need to ensure that your supplier or seller is certified by or seeking certification from a USDA-accredited certifier by July 12, 2021. Since 2006, the USDA has allowed the Indian government’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to manage the accreditation of NOP certifiers working in India through a Recognition Agreement.

NOSB Accepting Comments Through October 1 on the Fall 2020 Meeting Agenda

The deadlines to submit public comments and register for oral comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at their virtual fall meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, are approaching! We encourage members of the organic community to submit public comments on the substances up for re-listing or removal from the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances and the other NOSB agenda items.

All Private Label Owners, Brokers, Traders, Distributors, and Importers Will be Required to be Certified Organic

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has released an official proposed rule for Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE). The proposed changes are the most significant changes to the national organic regulations since the creation of the NOP. 

Look Out for a New Rule that will Significantly Change the National Organic Program

The Policy Team and Certification staff are gearing up for the release of proposed changes to the National Organic Program (NOP). While the official rule, called the Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule, is not out yet, the NOP has released a pre-published draft and other resources on their website.

CDFA Releases Proposed Rule for Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released proposed regulations for the OCal program. The OCal program will be a statewide certification program to certify cannabis under a program based on the National Organic Program (NOP). Currently, federal laws prevent the certification of cannabis under the NOP and the labeling of cannabis as organic. 

Serve the Organic Community on the National Organic Standards Board!

The deadline for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is quickly approaching!

USDA is seeking:

            – Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals

            – Two individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups