I am not an organic operation

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How do I update my Organic System Plan (OSP)?

Before making any changes to your operation, you must update your OSP. Visit our Forms and Documents page to find the forms that you need to update. Submit your fully completed forms to inbox@ccof.org. Please do not submit partially completed forms! Certification staff will review your updates and let you know if additional information is required. Please allow as much time as possible for review of your update.

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 about organic inspections?

The purpose of an organic inspection is to confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before it is certified and every year after as long as it remains 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.

An excellent, low-cost resource titled Preparing for Organic Inspection, which includes checklists and other resources, is available from NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Project.

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:

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