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Acuerdo de Cumplimiento para Clientes de CCOF

Clientes de CCOF pueden utilizar este formato como conformidad con los requisitos para la certificación orgánica.

Client Compliance Agreement

Client Compliance Agreement

CCOF clients may use this form to indicate agreement to comply with the requirements for organic certification.

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Documentos de Inspección

Documentos de inspección disponibles en español. Empresas certificadas pueden consultarlos como referencia antes de o después de sus inspecciones.

Inspection Prep Checklists

Prepare for your inspection by reviewing the appropriate pre-inspection letter below that applies to your operation.

Does CCOF Perform Pesticide Residue and GMO Testing?

Yes. The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requires certification agencies to perform residue testing of organic product. Such testing acts as a deterrent to fraud and helps to prove to organic customers that the standards are upheld and that organic really does mean something. CCOF is granted the authority to collect samples for testing by the National Organic Program regulations section 205.670. Refusing to allow the inspector to take samples for testing may result in adverse action against your certification with CCOF.

Does CCOF perform unannounced inspections?

Yes. CCOF is required to conduct unannounced inspections by our accreditors, USDA ISO-65 and USDA NOP. Unannounced inspections encourage all certified clients to comply with the regulations. It shows that certified producers and processors are doing their best to comply with the regulations and willing to prove it. It proves to organic customers that the standards are upheld and that organic really does mean something.

How can I control the cost of my organic inspection?

The onsite inspection is an integral part of organic certification. The inspector bills CCOF for the time and expenses of each inspection and CCOF in turn bills the inspected party. The costs of inspections vary widely. Usually, the major cost factor is the scope and complexity of an operation.

How can I prepare for the audit trail portion of my inspection?

Your inspector will probably focus on records from the past year, but records for five years should be accessible as well.

How do I interpret the post-inspection review result?

A CCOF Certification Specialist will review the inspection report for compliance with the standards. The review will likely be completed within 1-3 months after your inspection (or within 5 business days for Expedited inspections, or 30 days for priority inspection such as New Applications).

Once the review is complete, CCOF will send you a Compliance Report with the results, along with a new organic certificate reflecting any changes. You will receive one of the following:

How do organic inspections work?

The purpose of an organic inspection is to confirm that your operation meets the NOP standards and regulations both before it is certified and every year after as long as it remains 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.

An excellent, low-cost resource titled Preparing for Organic Inspection, which includes checklists and other resources, is available from NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Project.

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