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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 types of information should I send to CCOF?

This list details the most common situations that require you to send information or documentation to CCOF, and what type of information you'll need to send. Read through this list and contact your Certification Service Specialist with additional questions. 
 
I want to change something in my Organic System Plan (OSP), what should I send?
Update your OSP forms and send them to CCOF for review and approval.  Your current OSP is always visible on MyCCOF.

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).

What/Who is GLOBALG.A.P.?

GLOBALG.A.P. is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit organization based in Germany that sets food safety standards for farmers. There are over 120,000 farms worldwide certified to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

When should I update my Organic System Plan (OSP)?

Any time you are considering a change to your organic production, you must update your Organic System Plan before making any changes and submit the update to inbox@ccof.org for review. Updating your OSP before making changes helps your operation avoid a Notice of Noncompliance and possible suspension of your certification. This includes changes to the following:

Where can I find organic ingredients for my products?

Looking for organic ingredients? You can find the products produced and processed by CCOF members in our searchable online Organic Directory.

The following resources will help guide you in finding other sources of organic ingredients, growers, and manufacturers as well as organic suitable ingredients.

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