Who needs to register with the California State Organic Program (SOP)?

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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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 products sold as organic.

Instructions on how to register with the SOP (CDFA or CDPH) is available here.

Reminder: Operations adding new parcels or facilities in California must also notify the California SOP of any new land or facilities, in order to update their registration. Operations must register any additional land or facilities with the SOP prior to adding the land to the operation's certification.