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Document Name & Description Operation Types Document Type
Nonorganic Processing Material Affidavit

Used by CCOF clients and manufacturers to document GMO, irradiation, and sewage sludge compliance for nonorganic materials (ingredients, processing aids, additives, etc.)

Processor or Handler, Retail or Restaurant Form
NOP 4009 Instruction and Q&A: Who Needs to be Certified?

This instruction clarifies the certification requirements for operations that produce or handle agricultural products to be sold, labeled or represented as organic. Both the instructions document and official Q&A are included.

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Retail or Restaurant, Processor located in Canada, Trader or Broker or Private label owner, I am not an organic operation Instructions
NOP Import Certificate Request Packet

Once you know you will be shipping to the U.S., complete these fillable PDF forms and send the entire PDF packet to export@ccof.org

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Trader or Broker or Private label owner Form
NOP Standards Manual

This manual includes the official National Organic Program (NOP) standards for CCOF organic certification under the USDA National Organic Program. CCOF certifies to the NOP as our primary standard. Check out the U.S. National Organic Program’s NOP Handbook for more details about organic certification under the USDA program.

En Español

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Retail or Restaurant, Processor located in Canada, Trader or Broker or Private label owner, I am not an organic operation Manual or Standard
NOP Transaction Certificate Request Packet

Once you know you will be shipping to a country that only requires NOP certification verification, complete these fillable PDF forms and send the entire PDF packet to export@ccof.org.

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Trader or Broker or Private label owner Form
Organic Certification Cost Share Program Flyer

CCOF believes all operations, small and large, should apply for Organic Certification Cost Share. Learn more about the program, why it matters to the organic movement, and how you can apply and receive a reimbursement of up to 75% of your certification costs.

En Español

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Retail or Restaurant, Processor located in Canada, Trader or Broker or Private label owner, I am not an organic operation Helpful documents or flyer, Instructions
Organic Labeling Guidelines

An easy to read organic labeling chart.

En Español

Grower, Livestock producer, Processor or Handler, Retail or Restaurant, Processor located in Canada, Trader or Broker or Private label owner, I am not an organic operation Helpful documents or flyer
Organic Seed Source Regulations and Resources

This comprehensive list of organic seed suppliers is a great place to start your search for organic seed.

Grower, Livestock producer Helpful documents or flyer
Organic Wine Labeling Guide

An easy-to-read organic wine labeling guide.

Processor or Handler, I am not an organic operation Helpful documents or flyer
Private Label/Broker/Trader Organic Certification Application

Certification for companies that own organic labels that are co-packed by other facilities. Also covers operations that do not physically handle products but act as brokers or traders.

Trader or Broker or Private label owner, I am not an organic operation Application Packet, Organic System Plan
Processor Organic Certification Application

Organic certification for food processors, coolers, canners, and any operation that physically handles or processes organic products. Also includes companies who provide fee-for-service processing/handling such as hullers, canners, wineries etc.

En Español

Processor or Handler, I am not an organic operation Application Packet, Organic System Plan
R1.0 Retail/ Restaurant Checklist

This helpful checklist directs you to only the forms applicable to your retail/restaurant activities.

Retail or Restaurant Organic System Plan
R2.0 Retail Departments

Describe your retail department activities, products, labeling, signage, and suppliers.

Retail or Restaurant Organic System Plan
R2.3 Organic Retail Restaurant Facility

Describe your retail/restaurant facility locations, organizational structure, and training program.

Retail or Restaurant Organic System Plan
R3.0 Retail Restaurant Prepared Foods

Describe your restaurant or retail prepared foods department activities, products, menu, signage, and suppliers.

Retail or Restaurant Organic System Plan

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