Updates to CCOF Annual Certification Fees

Thank you to all CCOF members for choosing CCOF as your certifier. We look forward to another year of growing the organic movement with you.

CCOF recently conducted a fee analysis to ensure we keep costs down, make certification accessible, and remain competitive. We have a reputation for providing exceptional service and value, and we maintain these high levels by ensuring staff capacity and streamlined service.


CCOF Fee Changes

To meet service needs and keep up with the cost of doing business, we are making modest adjustments to annual certification fees. The Crop/Livestock Fee Category 5 (organic production value between $100,001 and $200,000 annually) is increasing from $740 to $750. The Handler/Processor minimum fee will increase from $740 to $750. These increases are effective November 1, 2019 for all new applicants, and January 1, 2020 for existing clients. 

Also effective on January 1, 2020 for all clients are the following fee increases:


Rabo AgriFinance Designs Industry’s First Organic Transition Loan Offering

Rabo AgriFinance has announced a new loan product that can make it more financially viable for farmers to seek organic certification on all or part of their crop operations.

With guidance from Pipeline Foods, Rabo AgriFinance has developed a financial framework that gives farmers the flexibility to receive the capital needed for upfront costs associated with changing production practices. Farmers can schedule repayments when they receive the additional revenue from selling certified organic goods. 

Cambios en las tarifas de CCOF

Tarifa Anual de Certificación 

Para satisfacer las necesidades de servicio y mantenerse al día con los costos crecientes, estamos haciendo ajustes menores a las tarifas de certificación anuales. Las tarifas de certificación anual están aumentando aproximadamente un 2% por ciento en cada categoría de tarifa, a partir del 1 de noviembre de 2018 para las nuevas operaciones y del 1 de enero de 2019 para los clientes existentes.


CCOF Fee Changes

Annual Certification Fees 

To meet service needs and keep up with rising costs, we are making minor adjustments to the annual certification fees. Annual certification fees are increasing approximately 2 percent in each fee category, effective November 1, 2018 for new operations, and January 1, 2019 for existing clients. A full fee schedule can be found in the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual, on the back of annual invoices, and online at www.ccof.org/fees. You can expect small increases each year to keep up with the cost of doing business.


Organic Certification Cost Share Program Now Open for Applications

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2018 applications!
You are eligible for a 75 percent reimbursement of your qualified organic certification expenses up to $750 per scope. This includes organic certification and inspection fees paid between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, as well as fees paid for California Department of


Investigation and Complaint Cost Recovery

CCOF spends many hours investigating complaints and following up on residue results from third parties, such as the USDA, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, or others. In most cases, the origin of the issue is a misunderstanding or a minor mistake, or the issue cannot be validated. In other cases, the violations of standards, failure to follow an operation’s OSP, or other practices are found.

Fee Changes for New Products & Services, and Use of the CCOF Name or Seal on Uncertified Brands

Effective August 9, 2017, the fee for adding a new product or service will increase to $75 per item. The fee for use of CCOF’s name and seal on a non-CCOF certified private labels will increase to $350 for up to five unique products (UPCs). These fee increases more accurately reflect the necessary staffing that these additions require, and will ensure CCOF is able to meet the service expectations for clients and their private label owners/marketers.

Noncompliance & Mediation Costs

The vast majority of CCOF operations are timely and responsive. Unfortunately, some operations fail to respond to minor requests or arrange payment plans prior to their account becoming delinquent. The cost of managing these processes and reminders, and implementing and managing mediation processes, is increasing substantially. Therefore, CCOF fees for minor issues that escalate to noncompliance or proposed suspension based on no response are increasing to $150 per instance.