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How long does it take to get the results of my inspection?

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).

How long does organic certification take?

Certification typically requires up to 12 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.

I am a contact for multiple operations. How do I access information for each operation?

Log in to MyCCOF and go to ‘Company Data List.’ The ‘Company Data List’ will show all operations that you are currently a contact for. To access the information for a specific account, click on the name or the person symbol in the contact type column (pictured below).

I process organic and non-organic products. What additional measures do I need to take?

You must protect organic integrity during receiving, storage, processing, packaging, and transportation. Many certified operations process both organic and non-organic products without any difficulty. These operations are referred to as “mixed” operations. Mixed operations are responsible for protecting organic ingredients and products throughout production. This is done by preventing commingling of organic and nonorganic ingredients and contamination of organic ingredients with prohibited sanitizers, processing aids, and pest control materials.

If I have a new label, do I need to send it to CCOF?

Yes, send all new or revised labels to CCOF for review and approval, even if you think the change does not affect your organic certification. Having your label reviewed by CCOF protects you from making costly mistakes.

If I just want to identify the organic ingredients in my ingredient statement, does the product have to be certified?

No, products that restrict organic claims to the ingredient listing only are exempt from the requirements of certification. However, the manufacturer needs to maintain documentation that the organic ingredients identified are organic and certified according to the regulations. Manufacturers should request and maintain on file current copies of organic certificates for each organic ingredient. Although not required, manufacturers can choose to have products that restrict organic to the ingredient listing certified by CCOF.

My certificate says I am compliant with the USDA/MAFF export arrangement. What do I need to do to ship my product to Japan?

Being compliant to the USDA/MAFF export arrangement allows you to ship your product to an importer certified to JAS, the organic standard in Japan. Be sure to request a Japan export certificate, or TM-11, from CCOF to accompany every consignment/ shipment. See the “What is an Export Certificate? How do I request one?” FAQ for more information. The Export and Transaction Certificate Request Form also has detailed instructions on the second page of the form for requesting a TM-11.

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.

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