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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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How do I control certification costs?

CCOF certification offers comprehensive services at a minimal cost to our clients. We understand that keeping certification costs down is important to our clients. The following tips are great ways to save time and money:

How do I control pests in my facility?

The National Organic Program (NOP) outlines a specific order of pest control methods in areas where organic products are processed, handled, or stored.

How do I find an organic consultant or ag advisor?

As an Accredited Certification Agency (ACA), CCOF cannot provide consulting assistance for organic certification issues. However, as a service to our members and others, CCOF maintains a list of organic consultants who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. The list also includes organic agricultural advisors.

How do I get a copy of my Inspection Report?

Log in to MyCCOF to access your Inspection Report. From within MyCCOF, click on the ‘Inspection Status’ tab to see all current and past inspections for your operation.

How do I get a copy of my letters from CCOF?

Log in to MyCCOF to view all letters from the CCOF office. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the ‘Documents’ tab.

  • Here you can view outgoing correspondence from CCOF regarding your Operation. The “Date” column will match the date on a specific letter. The “Subject” column will tell you the type of correspondence.
  • To access a copy of a letter click on the ‘File Name’ of the correspondence and download/print/save to your computer.

 

How do I get contact information for my upcoming inspection?

Log in to MyCCOF to access information for your upcoming inspection. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the “Inspection Status” tab.

How do I get copies of my certification certificates?

Log in to MyCCOF to instantly download copies of your organic certificates. From within MyCCOF, click on the ‘Certificates’ tab.

How do I get organic certification?

In the simplest terms, certification involves an application, review, inspection, compliance with any standards issues, and, finally, certification. The detailed steps to organic certification are outlined for you.

How the process works:

In your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), you explain what you do, how you do it, and what you use to do it.

How do I interpret the post-inspection review result?

A CCOF Certification Specialist will review the inspection report for compliance with the standards. The review will likely be completed within 1-3 months after your inspection (or within 5 business days for Expedited inspections, or 30 days for priority inspection such as New Applications).

Once the review is complete, CCOF will send you a Compliance Report with the results, along with a new organic certificate reflecting any changes. You will receive one of the following:

How do I know if the organic certificate my supplier sent me is valid?

Certificates may only be issued by certifiers that have been accredited by the USDA. To verify if your supplier is certified by an USDA accredited certifier, see the list of accredited certifiers on the National Organic Program website. National Organic Program (NOP) certificates must meet the following requirements:

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