You need to enroll in the Mexico Compliance Program (MCP) for certification to the Mexican organic standards (LPO) if you do any of the following:
- Have an operation located in Mexico
- Have an operation located in the United States that exports finished organic products to Mexico from the United States
- Sell CCOF certified organic products to any buyer who requires LPO certification
- Export any organic product to Mexico that will be accompanied by a Control or Transaction Document for Mexico or a SENASICA import certificate (See the new import regulation for more details, effective January 1, 2022)
Read the complete MCP Manual.
The updated Mexican organic standards can be found here.
CCOF Mexico Compliance Program (MCP)
CCOF is ready to support your operation’s continuing compliance and market access in Mexico, whether your operation is located in or exporting to Mexico. We are an approved certification body under the Mexican Organic Standards (LPO) and we are proud to be part of the implementation of the historic organic program of Mexico. Our SENASICA-issued Certifier Identification Number is OC-220921-14-CPAA-004. SENASICA is a USDA-equivalent branch of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER).
The Mexican standards are similar to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards in most areas. CCOF’s Mexico Compliance Program verifies compliance with Mexican organic requirements for operations in addition to USDA NOP requirements.
This program is for certification to the LPO and is required for organic operations located in and exporting to Mexico. All operations located in Mexico are required to obtain LPO certification in accordance with SENASICA’s Circular Number 16/2018, published on September 12, 2018. Operations exporting finished organic product to Mexico must also obtain LPO certification. Contact us with any questions about your operation.
Mexican Organic Standards (LPO)
Mexico’s organic program consists of:
- The Organic Products Law, published on February 7, 2006
- The Regulation of the Organic Products Law, published on April 1, 2010
- The Guidelines for Organic Operations, published on October 29, 2013
- Modifications to the Guidelines for Organic Operations, published on June 8, 2020
- The General Rules for Use of the National Seal, published on October 25, 2013
- Modifications to the General Rules for Use of the National Seal, published on December 3, 2021
Download these documents in Spanish or English from SENASICA.
Operations enrolled in the CCOF Mexico Compliance Program are responsible for reviewing the Guidelines for Organic Operation and the General Rules for Use of the National Seal.
Operations in the United States
Want to export your U.S. product to Mexico? CCOF is accredited by Mexico’s SENASICA to certify U.S. operations to the Mexican LPO organic regulations. We have dedicated staff who consistently work with the Mexico government and industry leaders to ensure our resources and services are well positioned to support your U.S. products as they navigate the Mexico organic market regulations. Our dedicated exports team is ready to provide your products with the required Mexico Control Document as it moves across the border into Mexico. USDA NOP certification is required as a base certification for operations in the Mexico Compliance Program. CCOF offers direct certification of your export products to both the USDA and LPO standards, rather than recertification.
If your U.S.-based operation is looking to gain certification to the Mexico LPO standards in order to sell your product into Mexico, our Applicant Specialist Marli Allard at email@example.com is ready to get you started.
All products sold as organic in Mexico must meet the Mexican labeling requirements. Review the MCP Manual or our International Market Labeling Guide for labeling requirements for organic products sold in Mexico.
Visit CCOF’s logo download page to download the National Seal for organic products. Use of the National Seal is optional. If the National Seal is used, its use must comply with the requirements outlined in the General Rules of Use for the National Seal and you must receive written approval from CCOF. To learn more, review the National Seal Graphic Identity Manual.
Important: Send all labels to CCOF for approval prior to printing.
Commodities listed in Annex 1 of the Mexico import regulations are required to be accompanied by a Control or International Transaction Document. Review the import regulation for more details and to search for your product’s tariff code in Annex 1.
Once enrolled in CCOF’s Mexico Compliance Program and verified as compliant, you may request export documents for each shipment. Complete the request packet for the Mexico Control or International Transaction Document and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, allowing 2 business days for processing.
Call our office at +52 333-898-1342 or email our Applicant Specialist email@example.com
Supply Chain Verification of Products or Ingredients Entering Mexico
To be certified to the Mexico Compliance Program standard, all suppliers of organic products or ingredients used to produce products must also be certified to the ALOOA directly or, for ingredients produced outside Mexico, be verified as compliant with the Mexican organic regulations (LPO). For more information, see section 2.10 Supply Chain Requirements of the CCOF Mexico Compliance Manual. This section outlines information required for suppliers located outside of Mexico that are not certified to the LPO standards.
Products and ingredients must not be produced with sodium nitrate (Chilean nitrate) and hydroponic/aeroponic methods as these production techniques are incompatible with the Mexican organic regulations. Many crops are not at risk of being grown using one of these production techniques. To ensure the supply chain verification process is as simple and efficient as possible, CCOF has created a list of crops that are at high risk of being grown using one of these production techniques.
Suppliers of high risk crops: CCOF will accept a USDA NOP organic certificate and supplier self-attestation that the crops were grown without the use of sodium nitrate and/or hydroponic or aeroponic production.
Suppliers of crops not identified as high risk: CCOF will not seek additional documentation that the crops are produced without prohibited production techniques. A USDA NOP organic certificate is sufficient.
Suppliers certified to the Canada, European, or Japanese organic standards: CCOF will not seek additional documentation that the crops are produced without prohibited production techniques. A Canada, European, or Japanese organic certificate is sufficient. These standards prohibit the use of sodium nitrate (Chilean nitrate) and hydroponic/aeroponic methods.
High Risk Crops for use of Sodium Nitrate:
- The following cole crops: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi
- Fresh tomatoes
- The following leafy greens: lettuces, escarole, endive, spring mix, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula, and chard
- Grains grown for livestock feed
High Risk Crops for Hydroponic or Aeroponic Production:
- Container grown annual crops (excluding annual seedlings)
- Container grown strawberries