Renewals Are Coming!
To remain certified with CCOF every operation must submit an annual certification contract and pay their certification fees. This process plays a critical role in preserving the integrity of organic production and standards, and allows CCOF to continue to serve our clients and their needs. In early November, CCOF will mail renewals and annual invoices to all operations. To complete the renewal process and remain certified with CCOF, you must:
Please complete your renewal in a timely manner. Help CCOF serve you and other operations efficiently, and avoid unnecessary costs by completing your contract and submitting payment by January 1, 2012. If you would like to establish a payment plan, please contact CCOF accounting using the contact information listed on the invoice. Completing your renewal on time allows CCOF to ensure timely inspections and to group inspections so they are as cost effective as possible. If you have questions, please contact CCOF.
Renewals may be submitted online. All CCOF bills may be paid online through the website.
Critical upcoming renewal deadlines:
November 1, 2011 - Renewals are mailed.
January 1, 2012 - All renewals and annual payments are due.
February 15, 2012 - A Notice of Noncompliance and a $75 late fee will be issued to all operations that have failed to complete the renewal process. This is also the last day to withdraw from CCOF certification without accruing certification fees in 2012.
March 15, 2012 - A Notice of Proposed Suspension and an additional $75 late fee will be issued to all operations that have failed to complete the renewal process.
April 15, 2012 - All operations that have failed to complete the renewal process will have their certification suspended. If your certification is suspended and you wish to be certified organic in the future, your certification must be reinstated by the NOP after a costly and lengthy process.
FAQ: What if I pay my bill but don't complete the renewal contract or vice versa?
Many CCOF operations assume that if they pay their fees they are not required to complete a renewal contract. Under the NOP standards a renewal contract is mandatory and failure to complete it will result in suspension of certification. Operations that only pay their fees or only complete their contract will force CCOF to issue a Notice of Noncompliance.