These terms are used interchangeably by CCOF. You are a handler if you process products or if you merely arrange for the sale and purchase of already-packed product. All non-grower operations are handlers. Anyone who sells, processes, or packages agricultural products is considered a handler and “Handler” will appear on your organic certificate.
No, it doesn't help others and isn't required in order for someone else to make organic products in your commercial kitchen. Shared kitchens cannot be certified separately from the product produced in them. Facilities, including shared kitchens, are part of the process of making the products, so the people who use your kitchen must include the kitchen as the production facility in their own... Read more
Yes, certified organic operations can use shared commercial kitchens to make their products, but they must certify the kitchen for their own use. In your application – called an Organic System Plan (OSP) – you will explain how you keep your products separate from any non-organic products or materials in the kitchen.
Using shared commercial kitchens for organic production is common and... Read more
Yes, CCOF certification confers the ability to use either the CCOF seal or the USDA seal (or both) on products sold as “100% Organic” and “Organic.” The USDA seal may not be used on products labeled as “Made with Organic (list of specific ingredients).” USDA National Organic Program standards define the... Read more
The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program:Every person engaged in the production, handling, or processing of raw agricultural products sold as organic Retailers that are engaged in the production of products sold as organic Retailers that are engaged in the processing, as defined by the NOP, of... Read more
Yes! We understand that you may be pressed for time or require certification by a certain deadline. In these cases, we are pleased to pull out all the stops and provide expedited services that meet your deadline. Please consider our Expedited Certification Program application if you are short on time. In many cases we... Read more
CCOF wants to help you address marketplace problems and complaints. Under the National Organic Program, all products marketed as organic must be certified. If you witness organic products being mislabeled or fraudulently identified, you are highly encouraged to report the problem. Reporting is the best way to stop fraudulent practices.The Short Answer
If the complaint involves a CCOF... Read more
As an Accredited Certification Agency (ACA), CCOF cannot provide consulting assistance to meet organic certification issues. However, as a service to our members and others, CCOF maintains a list of organic consultants who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. The list... Read more
In the simplest terms, certification involves an application, review, inspection, compliance with any standards issues, and, finally, certification. The detailed steps to organic certification are outlined for you.How the process works:
In your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), you explain what you do, how you do it, and what you use to... Read more
CCOF certification is priced to provide superior value and to allow new farms, processors, and other businesses to easily enter the organic marketplace. Ongoing certification costs are based on an annual fee and the cost of the annual inspection. There is also a one-time, non-refundable application fee.
Small farms and processors are routinely certified for between $600 and $1,200.... Read more
The purpose of organic inspections is to confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before it is certified and every year after as long as it remains 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.
An excellent, low-cost resource titled Preparing for... Read more
Fillable forms are versions of frequently used and/or modified documents that are available in electronic format for easy editing. Each form is a Microsoft word document formatted and locked to allow you to easily enter your data. Available forms include material review requests, annual certification contracts, parcel transfer, withdrawal and additional acreage documents. For processors,... Read more
MyCCOF, our client-wide online organic certification management tool, makes certification easier for you. Use MyCCOF to monitor certification and renewals, access key documents, and track the inspection and certification process. You can even track invoices and pay bills online.CCOF has long been a leader and innovator in organic certification. MyCCOF... Read more
The certification application is called an Organic System Plan (OSP). A complete OSP is required by the National Organic Program (NOP). The OSP is a detailed description of the practices and procedures used by your operation to produce organic goods. Clients update their OSP as changes occur.
CCOF has developed a straightforward, comprehensive OSP as part of our organic certification... Read more
An amendment to an existing registration is required when an operation has one or more of the following changes to their registration:Addition of new facilities or growing locations in California Change of ownership Addition of production acreage A change/addition of operation type(s).
A registrant shall notify the Department of any change in the information reported on the... Read more
Any time you are considering a change to your organic production, you must update your Organic System Plan before making any changes and submit the update to firstname.lastname@example.org for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance and possible... Read more
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