I am not an organic operation

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What/Who is GLOBALG.A.P.?

GLOBALG.A.P. is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit organization based in Germany that sets food safety standards for farmers. There are over 120,000 farms worldwide certified to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

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

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 inbox@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:

Where can I buy potting soil for organic gardening?

Potting soil, soil amendments, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides are not certified organic. These types of products are “approved for organic production” by agencies like the Organic Materials Review Institute or Washington State Department of Agriculture, who certify products to be allowed for use in organic production.

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

The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program:

Why do I need an organic inspection?

Organic inspections confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before you are certified and every year after for as long as you remain 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. A CCOF-qualified inspector will conduct the inspection in an efficient manner and will file an inspection report with CCOF.

Why should I be certified with CCOF?

There are dozens of reasons to choose CCOF for your organic certification. Learn why CCOF should be your choice for certification or browse our website for more information.

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.

¿Cuánto cuesta la certificación con CCOF?

Se tasa la certificación de CCOF para proporcionarle valor superior y para facilitar acceso al mercado orgánico para nuevos productores, procesadores, y otras empresas. Los costos incluyen una cuota anual y el costo de la inspección anual. También hay una cuota no re-rembolsable de una vez, cuando se presenta la solicitud.

¿Cuánto tiempo dura el proceso de certificación?

Típicamente certificación requiere seis a 10 semanas; menos para casos especiales. Generalmente recomendamos que empiece con el proceso al menos 90 días antes de cosecha o el lanzamiento de su línea de productos orgánicos.

La duración depende en varios factores:

¿Por qué certificarse con CCOF?

CCOF ha sido un líder en el mercado orgánico desde 1973 y ha participado en el desarrollo del proceso de certificación y los estándares orgánicos. Consumidores y compradores han tenido confianza en el nombre y sello de CCOF por más de 40 años.

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