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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 CCOF forms for Handlers?

All CCOF forms and documents can be found on our Forms & Documents page. Search for the form by name or review the topic list in the sidebar. Ensure that you have selected the form for the correct location, language, and operation type. Some CCOF forms are specific to operations in Canada or are available in Spanish. Forms may be available in PDF, Word, or Excel format.

Quick links to common Handler forms:

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.

Where can I view the authorized contacts for my operation?

Log in to MyCCOF to view your authorized contacts for your operation. From within MyCCOF, navigate to the ‘Contacts’ tab.

Who needs to register with the California State Organic Program (SOP)?

The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program:

Why do I need an organic inspection?

Organic inspections confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before you are certified and every year after for as long as you remain certified. Inspectors do this by confirming that what you say in your application, called an Organic System Plan (OSP), is what you are doing in practice. A CCOF-qualified inspector will conduct the inspection in an efficient manner and will file an inspection report with CCOF.

Why should I be certified with CCOF?

There are dozens of reasons to choose CCOF for your organic certification. Learn why CCOF should be your choice for certification or browse our website for more information.

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