I am not an organic operation

What does "certified transitional" mean?

An operation or parcel is eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program if it is free of prohibited materials for one year and complies with all organic production requirements, but has not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.

Is "certified transitional" a formal national standard?

No. The CCOF Certified Transitional program certifies operations in transition to compliance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, but who have not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.

If I am CCOF Certified Transitional will I have to be inspected?

Yes. To be eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program you must submit an application, including completing an Organic System Plan (OSP), and undergo the annual inspection and review process.

Why should I enroll my operation in the CCOF Certified Transitional program?

Becoming familiar with the organic regulations and the certification process can be challenging and stressful. Enrolling with CCOF as you work your land through transition can give you peace of mind, knowing that your practices are already verified as compliant with the organic regulations. When your land is finally eligible to become certified organic, you will be better prepared to complete the certification process, and can rest assured knowing that your crops are ready for market.

What is the annual fee for the CCOF Certified Transitional program?

CCOF Certified Transitional program fees follow the CCOF fee schedule. Determine the annual value of what you produce (annual production value or APV), cut that by 50%, and then find the appropriate level on our fee schedule. The maximum annual certification fee for transitional operations is $950.00.

Inspection fees are the same for certified transitional operations as they are for certified organic operations.

If I join CCOF as a certified transitional producer, do I get the same benefits as other CCOF members?

Operations who enroll with CCOF during their transition will automatically become a part of the CCOF Trade Association. CCOF is the only full-service organic certification agency and trade association. Our certified clients and trade association members receive full trade association benefits, including advocacy, education, marketing support, and networking opportunities linked to our regional- and industry-based chapters.

What resources area available regarding GMOs and organic production?

You can find wealth of resources about these topics from both the USDA National Organic Program and CCOF’s strategic partner, the Organic Trade Association, on our Organic is Non-GMO & More page.

Does CCOF perform GMO testing?

Yes. CCOF integrates GMO testing of at risk commodities within the mandated periodic residue testing requirement under the National Organic Program. Click here to learn more about that program.  Read more about CCOF increasing GMO testing.

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