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USDA National Organic Program’s Strengthening Organic Enforcement Coming Soon!

by Kim Hatfield |

Although the final regulations have yet to be released, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) will soon implement a new rule called Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE). NOP has stated that they will publish the rule in a matter of weeks. Once the rule is published, there will be a one-year implementation timeline before full compliance is required. This rule will increase oversight of organic products throughout the supply chain. When fully implemented, the rule will (1) strengthen organic control systems by requiring previously excluded operations to be certified; (2) improve organic import oversight; (3) clarify organic certification standards; and (4) enhance supply chain traceability. You can learn more about the possible changes for both certified and uncertified operations on our website.

Be aware of this key change for uncertified operations brokering organic product: The released draft of the rule indicates all operations that facilitate the sale or trade of organic products will need to be certified. This will likely include but not be limited to brokers, importers, traders, and possibly private label (brand) owners.

CCOF is ready to help support your organic supply chain. In addition to providing specialized forms for brokers, we will reduce the certification application fee during 2023. Operations previously not required to certify but now impacted by SOE can submit a completed application by the deadlines below to receive a discount.

Contact our applicant support team today at or (831) 423-2263, ext. 1 to learn more and receive the required discount code. If your application is received

  • Before December 31, 2023, the application fee will be $200; and
  • the full $350 application fee will resume beginning in 2024.

If you’re ready to get started with the certification process, access the necessary forms on our website. Thank you for your support and dedication to organic! We look forward to connecting with you.