Certification News

Updates and information that help you stay compliant.

August 31, 2015
On August 21, 2015, CCOF was recognized by the Mexican government as an approved certification body under the recently implemented Mexican Organic...
August 31, 2015
El 21 de agosto de 2015, CCOF fue reconocido por el gobierno mexicano como un organismo de certificación aprobado bajo los recientemente...
July 17, 2015
On July 9, 2015, the United States and Switzerland officially signed an organic standards equivalence arrangement, allowing product produced in...
July 17, 2015
On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products...
July 17, 2015
We are very pleased to announce that CCOF has significantly upgraded our phone system to better serve you. As a result, all CCOF extensions have...
July 17, 2015
Operations are required to update their Organic System Plan (OSP) regarding changes that can affect their compliance, such as new land managed by the...
July 17, 2015
CCOF has improved our available sample forms with new online Google templates, found at www.ccof.org/documents. You can also make maintaining...
July 17, 2015
CCOF annual certification fees are based on your Organic Production Value (OPV). Feedback from livestock operations, particularly dairies, has...
May 13, 2015
Effective June 1, 2015, CCOF will require that orchards and other crops no longer utilize intensive grazing within 90 days of harvest of a crop where...
May 13, 2015
CCOF is proud to welcome our newest Associate Inspection Supervisor Jamie Carr to the team! Jamie Carr has worked with CCOF for several years as an...
May 13, 2015
CCOF’s five-person inspection operations team works together to manage CCOF’s 4,000 inspections annually. Inspection supervisors work with inspectors...
May 13, 2015
CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:
May 13, 2015
Did you know that in addition to regional staff located throughout California, CCOF has representatives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ashville, North...
May 4, 2015
We recently compiled our labeling resources and logo information in to one easy-to-find location. Our new Labeling and Logos page includes key...
May 4, 2015
The Mexican government recently published a notice of proposed extension for full implementation of the Mexican standards. The proposed extension...
May 4, 2015
El gobierno de México recientemente publicó una noticia de propuesta prórroga para la implementación completa de los estándares orgánicos mexicanos....
May 4, 2015
¿No está seguro de cómo mantener sus registros? ¿Está buscando ejemplos o plantillas para registros? Nuestra página de recursos en español contiene...
April 21, 2015
To support the needs of CCOF clients who wish to clearly communicate to consumers that organic products are not only non-GMO but also farmed...
April 21, 2015
To save you time and money, your Materials List in MyCCOF is now grouped by type of material, instead of only being grouped by scope. This means that...
April 21, 2015
¡Con el crecimiento de la comunidad y mercado orgánico, así también crecen los servicios en español de CCOF! Ahora ofrecemos servicios en español...
April 21, 2015
As the organic industry grows, so do CCOF’s services in Spanish! We now provide services in Spanish for processor and handler operations. Check out...
April 21, 2015
Tenemos el placer de presentar a Luis López, el nuevo representante en México de CCOF. Luis está representando a CCOF durante el proceso de...
April 21, 2015
We are pleased to introduce Luis Lopez, CCOF’s new representative in Mexico. Lopez is representing CCOF throughout the accreditation and approval...
March 30, 2015
Not sure what you should keep for your records? Looking for examples and templates of different record keeping documents? CCOF has a page for...
March 23, 2015
Are you interested in accessing international markets? The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently announced a new initiative to support and...
March 23, 2015
Spring has arrived and Farmers’ Market season is ramping up. In preparation for the season CCOF has updated our Farmers’ Market Best Practices...
February 17, 2015
The Chinese organic market continues to grow and demand more diverse organic products, however re-certification to the Chinese organic standard is...
February 9, 2015
Your Materials List is now grouped by type of material, instead of only being grouped by scope. For example, all fertilizers will be in one section,...
February 9, 2015
Need a new certificate or want to check when your latest OSP update will be completed? MyCCOF is available anytime you need it, and offers various...
February 9, 2015
We’re excited to announce the three winners of a free inspection for 2015! Each of these operations will receive one free inspection in 2015:   Green...
January 5, 2015
CCOF continúa trabajando para obtener la aprobación como una organización de certificación orgánica bajo las nuevas regulaciones de Mexico con Luis...
January 5, 2015
CCOF’s work to obtain approval as a certification body under the new Mexican organic standards continues with the selection of CCOF local...
October 20, 2014
Información en EspañolEvery year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In...
October 20, 2014
Read this post in English. Cada año, usted está obligado a presentar el contrato anual de continuación de certificación y pagar su cuota de...
October 14, 2014
On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published instruction 4012 “Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word ‘Organic’.” This...
October 14, 2014
CCOF has been growing rapidly in 2014. The rate of new applications has been high in addition to many requests for new service, acreage, or products...
October 14, 2014
CCOF is diligently working to meet the needs of CCOF clients in Mexico and those who sell products to Mexico. Mexico’s organic standards are moving...
August 25, 2014
“I went to school back east for a whole bunch of years (SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse) and earned a Ph.D. in soil...
August 25, 2014
NOP requirements state that all certified operations must maintain detailed records. These records must fully disclose all activities and...
July 28, 2014
Many CCOF operations submit add acreage information to CCOF immediately prior to harvest or during inspection. It’s never too early to add...
July 28, 2014
Carmel Valley, California “I’ve been inspecting since 2004, exclusively for CCOF. I love complicated multi-departmental clients, the more challenging...
July 14, 2014
One of the key challenges for organic farmers and processors is ensuring that your practices comply with NOP requirements. CCOF understands this...
July 14, 2014
Deciding what materials are allowed and not allowed, and what restrictions might apply can be a difficult and daunting task. CCOF understands this,...
July 7, 2014
As of July 1, 2014 organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be exported and labeled as organic in either country....
July 7, 2014
Aubrey, California
June 26, 2014
CCOF Certification Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Lamendella to the position of Director of Farm Programs Certification. In...
June 26, 2014
Many CCOF operations are enrolled in a program they do not need. CCOF is saving 600+ operations $125 each during the 2015 renewal by processing this...
June 26, 2014
As described in our blog post “CCOF Focused on Moving Organic Forward”, CCOF will be expanding GMO testing within the Periodic Residue Testing...
June 26, 2014
Did you know that all certified CCOF operations remain certified until their certification is formally withdrawn, suspended, or revoked? Did you know...
June 26, 2014
CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:
June 26, 2014
We strive to provide our clients with excellent service. To help us continue to provide this high level of service, it is essential we implement...
June 23, 2014
The Chinese market is proving to be a challenging one for U.S. organic produce to enter. Chinese consumers are demanding more U.S. organic product,...
June 23, 2014
Are you wondering what information to send to CCOF, and when to send it? You’re not alone. Read through our FAQ “What types of information should I...
June 23, 2014
“This is where I like to be — out in the fields, down in Mexico, learning a lot —in this picture, it's about tequila.” Judy Brown began studying...
June 16, 2014
On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency...
June 16, 2014
Danielle Baker Chico, California
June 9, 2014
CCOF Certification Services President Jake Lewin will be participating in this year’s Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting. Lewin...
June 9, 2014
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based association with the mission to promote and protect organic trade, recently launched an...
June 9, 2014
CCOF has an incredible team of inspectors and on occasion we will be highlighting some of our awesome inspectors! This week we highlight Kelly Abbott...
June 2, 2014
On April 25, 2014 the National Organic Program released a proposed guidance document regarding Substances Used in Postharvest Handling of Organic...
June 2, 2014
Final guidance regarding products in the “Made with Organic***” category was finalized May 2, 2014. The guidance addresses a variety of labeling...
June 2, 2014
The NOP’s latest Organic Integrity Quarterly Insider includes interesting articles about rulemaking issues and activities of the National Organic...
June 2, 2014
Did you know CCOF’s own farmers’ market best practices guidelines are a great resource for addressing labeling, signage, and other practices at...
June 2, 2014
The Chinese standard does not allow equivalence agreements with other countries for organic products, meaning U.S. operations wishing to send their...
April 8, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014: On February 13, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) released Instruction Document 4009: Who Needs to be Certified, and...
April 8, 2014
U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014 The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic products certified in...
April 8, 2014
The CCOF materials revolution continued in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF-certified members.
January 22, 2014
We at CCOF are concerned about the potential effects of the current severe drought on organic livestock operations in California and elsewhere. To...
January 15, 2014
As concerns about Asian citrus psyllid have increased, we are making an effort to update our process for addressing mandated applications of...
January 8, 2014
After several years with no changes, we are modifying our inspection fees to keep up with rising costs and ensure excellent service. Effective...
January 8, 2014
En Español - Finalización de los Acuerdos Orgánicos de Mexico.
January 8, 2014
CCOF has recently improved the MyCCOF: Supplier Management service and expanded our rollout. New improvements:
November 6, 2013
The USDA has published Final Rules that, effective November 3, 2013, update the USDA organic regulations. These three changes are about materials...
October 21, 2013
Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In early November, we will...
October 18, 2013
Great News! Just recently, the USDA National Organic Program and the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) signed a bilateral...
October 18, 2013
After at least two extensions for processed organic products entering Korea, it has become clear that the Korean government will enforce its...
October 18, 2013
Food Safety Certification for Your Organic Operation Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to food safety standards by...
October 18, 2013
For most operations, your onsite CCOF inspection is one day out of the year. We know that this day can be stressful and takes your focus away from...
October 18, 2013
We have made some substantial changes to our Certification Services Program Manual. These changes affect all CCOF clients, and you will be asked on...
July 10, 2013
We strive to provide cost-effective certification services that respond to your priorities. Each year, CCOF receives about 11,000 requests for...
July 10, 2013
Food safety continues to be a hot topic for consumers and producers alike. The passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent release...
July 10, 2013
On February 28, 2013, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued Guidance Document NOP 5029, "Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic...
April 10, 2013
In the last six months CCOF has been in an ongoing dialogue with the National Organic Program (NOP) and USDA about issues we see in the certification...
April 9, 2013
On January 28, CCOF Certification Services achieved a huge milestone by tripling our front line phone service. As we’ve reported previously and...
April 9, 2013
CCOF maintains a convenient, modular OSP and streamlined annual update process. Under the NOP’s recent training modules, CCOF is working to...
March 14, 2013
Update: This is an update to the version published in our E-Newsletter on 3/11/13 On February 28, the NOP issued a final guidance on Seeds, Annual...
January 23, 2013
In an effort to improve our materials we have revised all CCOF program and standards manuals. In particular, all clients are strongly encouraged to...
January 23, 2013
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January 23, 2013
Recently, the NOP issued final rules and instructions to certifiers that provide important improvements to certification and require certifiers to...
January 23, 2013
As the market for organic products expands globally and organic production grows, we are seeing developments and/or modification to organic standards...
January 23, 2013
CCOF has produced an Organic Handler Certification Support Packet to help processors and handlers understand certification issues, record keeping,...
January 23, 2013
In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact...
January 23, 2013
Have a question about certification? Want to know who to call? Want a dedicated contact at CCOF? We have good news for you.
October 22, 2012
A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831)...
October 22, 2012
Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In mid-November, we...
October 22, 2012
CCOF now offers extended services to any client who chooses to enroll in the Extended Services Program. We offer a suite of additional...
October 22, 2012
Earlier this year, the National Organic Program published a final rule renewing over 200 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited...
October 22, 2012
Sodium (Chilean) nitrate is currently allowed for use only so long as it is not more than 20% of the crops total nitrogen needs. This material is...
July 20, 2012
One of the most common sources of frustration for certified operations is being issued Notices of Noncompliance for minor paperwork issues, such as...
July 20, 2012
Too often in the certification process we don’t get the opportunity to tell you how much all of us at CCOF appreciate your hard work producing...
July 20, 2012
CCOF is scanning all client files and eliminating our use of paper records. Our client files equate to a length of more than two football fields and...
July 20, 2012
This image appears in the CCOF Certification Program Manual. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect each year. While we...
July 20, 2012
Did you know that every time you send an update or request to CCOF, we create an inbox item, assign it a due date, and track how quickly it’s...
May 1, 2012
Improvements for Materials Tracking and Approvals Continue: We have heard loud and clear that one of our clients’ biggest frustrations with the...
May 1, 2012
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...
May 1, 2012
CCOF now offers elite level services to any client who chooses to enroll in the Elite Service program. We are offering a suite of elite level...
May 1, 2012
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...
February 15, 2012
More Money Available for Certification Cost Share! CCOF is excited to announce that the 2012 Certification Cost Share Program, which will cover 75...
February 15, 2012
CCOF was formally listed in the Official Journal for the European Union as an Equivalent Certifier on December 6, 2011. Under this listing, effective...
February 15, 2012
Quebec recently announced that effective January 1, 2012, it will adopt the Canadian Organic Standards and harmonize labeling requirements between...
February 15, 2012
In the spring 2011 issue of Certified Organic we discussed new instructions from the NOP regarding the release of noncompliance information and...
February 15, 2012
In the last several months CCOF has worked with our clients, other certifiers, and the National Organic Program to improve our approach to the U.S.-...
October 20, 2011
Over the last year, CCOF has created computerized records for all inputs used by our clients. These records allow us to improve organization and...
July 25, 2011
To serve client needs and ensure the resources needed to provide timely service, CCOF has implemented new Rush Review services for OSP updates,...
July 25, 2011
The National Organic Program (NOP) recently announced an important clarification to the use of chlorine in organic production systems. This may...
January 17, 2011
Two new documents have been created to help CCOF clients understand the certification process. What to Expect After Your Inspection: Clarifies the...