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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.

What if I'm currently certified by a different certification agency?

No problem! CCOF staff are happy to assist currently certified operations tranfersing their certification to CCOF. We also offer a fee waiver for the one-time application fee.

To receive the fee waiver, complete the Certification Transfer Form and submit it to CCOF with your application and valid certificate from your current certifier. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

What is a CN number?

“CN” means “combined nomenclature.” A CN code is a customs/tariff designation required in box 13 of export certificates for the EU. CN codes are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Disclaimer: While CCOF can assist in determining CN codes, the accuracy of CN codes used on export certificates is ultimately the responsibility of the client.

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 $1,050.00.

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

What is the Organic System Plan (OSP)?

The organic certification application is called an Organic System Plan (OSP). A complete OSP is required by the National Organic Program (NOP). The OSP is a detailed description of the practices and procedures used by your operation to produce organic goods. Operations must update their OSP as changes occur.

CCOF has developed a straightforward, comprehensive OSP as part of our organic certification application. The OSP leads you through the organic standards, and addresses common production questions and concerns.

What sort of records should retailers maintain to demonstrate compliance with the regulations?

Although retailers are exempt from the requirement of being certified, they must still keep sufficient records demonstrating compliance to the standards. Records should include date of purchase, source, quantities, and organic certificates listing the specifics for organic products you purchase. Records should also include documentation of methods used for prevention of commingling and contact with prohibited substances, such as sanitizers, pest control materials, and non-organic products. Records are very important if the organic status of a product sold by you is ever questioned.

What standards does CCOF certify to?

CCOF is proud to offer a variety of certifications and verifications to our clients, including USDA National Organic Program (NOP) (7 CFR Part 205) certification for growers, livestock, handler/processors, retailers, etc.

CCOF also provides certification to the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) standards for operations located in Canada, and international market verification and certification for various foreign markets. Visit out our International Programs pages for additional information!

What/Who is GFSI and why does it matter?

The Global Food Safety Initiative is an international nonprofit umbrella organization that “benchmarks” (deems equivalent) food safety standards. Retailers or buyers that require food safety certification from their suppliers generally require that the certification standard be GFSI benchmarked. The CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. program offers GFSI-benchmarked standards and should be accepted by your buyer(s).

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