Why do I need an organic inspection?

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Organic inspections confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before you are certified and every year after for as long as you remain certified. Inspectors do this by confirming that what you say in your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), is what you are doing in practice. A CCOF-qualified inspector will conduct the inspection in an efficient manner and will file an inspection report with CCOF, which follows your OSP line by line.

Preparing for Organic Inspection is an excellent, low-cost publication from NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Project that includes checklists and other resources for those seeking assistance with inspection preparation.

You can reduce and control the cost of inspections in a variety of ways.

Inspections for New Applicants

In your Organic System Plan (OSP), you explain what you do, how you do it, and what you use to do it. Once CCOF receives and reviews your application, an experienced inspector in your area is assigned to your inspection. Your inspector will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable time for your inspection.

The inspector will verify that your practices comply with the National Organic Program (NOP) and any international requirements you request. This is done by verifying that your OSP accurately depicts your practices and procedures.

Inspections for Existing Clients

Currently certified operations will be annually assigned an inspection. If you are concerned about when your inspection will occur or who your inspector is, contact your Certification Service Specialist.

For additional information, check out "What will happen at my organic inspection?".