When should I update my Organic System Plan (OSP)?

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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 ccof@ccof.org for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance and possible suspension of your certification. This includes changes to the following:

  • Change in management or authorized contacts (CCOF can only communicate with authorized contacts)
  • Change in farm or livestock input materials
  • Change or addition of processing aids
  • Parcel changes – addition, transfer, or withdrawal
  • Updates to labels, including private labels that you do not own
  • Change in how your crop will be handled post-harvest
  • New organic products, including private labels that you pack into
  • Change to formulation of product or ingredient suppliers
  • Facility relocation or change in equipment
  • Change or addition of new equipment cleaners or facility pest control procedures
  • Change in livestock inventory
  • Change in livestock feed vendor or feed ration formulation

Unsure if a change will affect your OSP? Ask ccof@ccof.org! Please allow as much time as possible for review of your update. If you require a fast review, you may consider our Rush Review or Expedited Programs.