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Clarification of the Certification Process

This image appears in the CCOF Certification Program Manual. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect each year. While we hope to see improvements, simplifications, and refinements in the future, this basic process is likely to remain.

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IMPORTANT: New Legal Language in Manual One

Please be aware that effective March 5, 2012, CCOF has modified “CCOF Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification” to more clearly define “clients” and provide additional indemnification and limitation of liability clauses. We have also slightly modified the existing section 4.9 Complaint, Investigation, and Adverse Action Fees to include “any contested action” in the costs that clients, applicants, and others are responsible for should CCOF prevail in mediation, dispute, proceeding, or other contested action.

Huge Changes to EU Equivalency and CCOF International Programs

CCOF EU Standards and GMA Program Webinar: April 19, 2012. Learn about the new agreement, market opportunities, how to save time and money within the GMA program, and the EU market in this helpful webinar.

CCOF Releases Revised Certification Manual

CCOF has recently released a new version of Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification. This improved version includes several updates and clarifications regarding CCOF processes and procedures. The updated manual also includes key legal protections for CCOF and requires that CCOF clients involved in Adverse Action appeals and other legal proceedings, such as subpoena requests, pay CCOF legal and staff time costs.

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New Canadian Export Requirements

In early November 2010, the National Organic Program (NOP) clarified that under the U.S.- Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement all products exported to Canada should be accompanied by documentation that contains the following statement:

"Certified in compliance with the terms of the U.S.-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement".

National Organic Program Releases Handbook for 2011

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released the 2011 edition of the NOP Program Handbook. This manual includes instructions and guidance for certifiers and organic operations regarding implementation of the NOP. The handbook is an important resource for certifiers and certified operations.

Canada Organic Standards Border Enforcement Implemented July 1

Full implementation of the U.S.-Canada Organic Regime (COR) organic export agreement came into effect on July 1, 2011. This means full enforcement of the rules regarding export of U.S. certified organic crops and products that are sent, either directly or indirectly, to Canada. Prior to this date, the Canadian Organic Office allowed a "stream of commerce" policy while the industry readied itself for full compliance with the requirements. The time for full compliance is here!

The Future of Chlorine

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently announced an important clarification to the use of chlorine in organic production systems. This may require operational changes for some CCOF clients who use chlorine for postharvest washing of crops. The NOP now requires that a potable water rinse follows chlorine used in postharvest water at more than 4 parts per million (ppm). CCOF was previously able to approve the use of chlorine at levels above 4 ppm in postharvest usage because of industry confusion over the meaning of the word "residual" in the regulations.

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