I am not an organic operation

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How long does organic certification take?

Certification typically requires six to 10 weeks; less for special cases. We generally recommend that you begin the process at least 90 days before harvest or launch of your organic line.

The length of time depends on a number of factors:

How much does organic certification with CCOF cost?

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.

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.

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 CCOF members. Our certified clients and members receive many benefits of being part of the CCOF membership, including advocacy, education, marketing support, and networking opportunities linked to our regional- and industry-based chapters.

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.

Rastreador del Artículo de Acción (Beta) – ¿qué es y como lo uso?

Acerca del rastreador del artículo de acción (Beta):

El Rastreador del Artículo de Acción (Beta) es la herramienta complementaria de MyCCOF de su Informe de Cumplimiento. Utilice el Rastreador del Artículo de Acción (beta) para responder a los artículos de acción individuales y las solicitudes del personal de certificación (también se encuentran en su informe de cumplimiento) directamente a través de MyCCOF.

What are my options for food safety certification? Is there only one standard for farms?

GLOBALG.A.P. has different programs to meet the needs of different buyers. Be sure to talk to your buyers to determine which program level you need! Food Safety Certifications and Assessments:

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.

What if I disagree with a CCOF certification decision or action?

CCOF believes in being responsive and service oriented, We encourage clients to engage in open dialogue regarding organic certification issues because your complete satisfaction is our goal. CCOF wants to provide options should you disagree with a CCOF policy, service issue, or certification decision that relates to your business.

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