As various states decriminalize or approve both medicinal or recreational cannabis, CCOF Certification Services is frequently asked to help ensure organic cannabis production. As an organization that envisions a world where organic is the norm, we would like to see cannabis production and processing meet organic standards. In fact, it is our understanding that the gray market nature of this production system has resulted in significant agricultural and chemical use issues.
This notice has been replaced by the policy announced on April 19, 2021. Learn more.
On May 11, 2017, CCOF Certification Services notified handlers, importers, and others of new requirements for seeking approval for imported grain shipments. Our goal is to help ensure the integrity of organic trade, which is also shared below.
In 2016 the National Organic Program (NOP) issued final guidance 5020 on natural resources, commonly called biodiversity.
This year, CCOF is working with clients, the National Organic Program (NOP), and others to improve organic standards in a variety of ways. In addition to an ongoing focus on natural resources, we are working to improve a variety of areas to maximize confidence and ensure a level playing field for everyone. We will achieve this by a combination of focused inspections, testing, and modifications to systems or requirements. Our goal is to communicate with affected parties and give reasonable time frames for transition wherever warranted.
Organic import (export) certificates are often required to accompany shipments of organic products to and from nations where the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) has achieved an organic standards equivalency agreement or is working towards one.
Where an import certificate requirement exists, U.S. organic importers are expected to receive import certificates from their supplier for all shipments. These should be kept on file for verification by NOP inspectors and/or USDA NOP or State Organic Program representatives.
Los certificados de importación son un requisito común cuando el Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP) del USDA tiene un acuerdo de equivalencia de estándares orgánicos o está trabajando en alguno.