This form may be used by CCOF-certified farm operations for non-manufactured input materials when the operation requesting use can provide an attestation regarding the composition. For example, straw, wood chips, raw manure, and on-farm made preparations.
materials and inputs
ONLY FOR OPERATIONS LOCATED IN CANADA. Describe all nonagricultural materials, including ingredients, processing aids, sanitizers, no rinse detergents/cleaners, and Pest Control materials that are used in organic production. Update either this form or your Organic System Plan Materials List when you would like to use a new material.
ONLY FOR OPERATIONS LOCATED IN CANADA. Give this affidavit to the manufacturer of any nonorganic material you would like to use (ingredients, processing aids, additives, etc.) so that CCOF can verify that the material you want to use is compliant. To save time, be sure to check with CCOF before submitting this information to see if we have to review the material before!
List all materials used by your operation, including pest control materials, sanitizers, health care materials, and feed supplements/additives.
Use this affidavit for any nonorganic flavor you would like to use in your certified organic products. Please forward this affidavit to your flavor manufacturer as they must fill out and sign the form.
Use this form as a template justification. Justification is required when pest control materials that are not on the National List are used in organic production and storage areas.
This template is available for download as a PDF or Microsoft Word document. If you do not have Microsoft Office you can save the file in your Google Drive and edit there. A Google email account is required.
Crops intended for human consumption and whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles require a 120 day pre-harvest interval (PHI). A 90 day PHI is required for those crops whose edible portion does not come in contact with soil particles (i.e. orchard fruit). How the crop is grown and harvested with regards to soil contact will determine which pre-harvest interval is to be used.
Most materials containing inert ingredients do not specify which list these ingredients are on. Organic production allows only EPA List 4 synthetic inerts in pesticides. Verification from the manufacturer that synthetic inert ingredients, contained in pesticides, are on List 4 is needed to demonstrate compliance. Often times manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the identity of inerts, but may be willing to confirm whether they are all on EPA List 4 or not. Approval by OMRI or an accredited certifier can also be used to demonstrate that the inerts are acceptable.
Potting soil, soil amendments, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides are not certified organic. These types of products are “approved for organic production” by agencies like the Organic Materials Review Institute or Washington State Department of Agriculture, who certify products to be allowed for use in organic production. Each product or material is scrutinized by an independent organization like OMRI to ensure that it meets standards for organic production and includes approved ingredients.