Standards & Regulations

OCIA International Certification Standards

The OCIA International Certification Standards are OCIA's private standard. Certification under these standards pre-date the National Organic Program and other national standards. They are also member-owned and member-controlled.

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United States National Organic Program (NOP)

Want to sell your organic product in the US? OCIA has the NOP-accredited organic certification services that you need to succeed!

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Canada Organic Regime (COR)

OCIA's COR accreditation ensures standards are met by the Canadian government, helping you succeed in the Canadian Market.

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Quebec Organic Reference Standards (Quebec)

OCIA’s CAEQ accreditation puts Québec’s thriving organic market at your fingertips!

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Japan Agricultural Standards (JAS)

OCIA has Registered Foreign Certification Organization (RFCO) status from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. This means expanded marketing opportunities to Japan for your products.

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Equivalent European Union Organic Production Processing Standard for Third Countries

This standard and OCIA's policies and procedures have been found equivalent by the European Commission to the EU 834/2007 & the 889/2008 regulations. Verification to this program will allow your organic product to be exported to any EU member state.

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Bio Suisse

Bio Suisse, based in Switzerland, is a certifier much like OCIA. They certify to several different programs such as the Swiss Ordinance of Organic Farming and to their own set of standards. OCIA facilitates certification for their members to Bio-Suisse, but does not make the final decision. An additional application form must be completed to apply for Bio-Suisse.

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UTZ Certified

This is an international sustainability program for coffee, cocoa, and tea. Verification to this program helps improve the standard of living for many organic and sustainable farmers.


Smithsonian Bird Friendly

This program is exclusive to coffee growers as a collaborative effort between OCIA and the Smithsonian Institute that promotes bird conservation, healthy environments, and biodiversity.