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The 2020 Annual General Membership Meeting (AGMM) voted in favor of changes to the OCIA standards.

* The membership voted to revise the definition of “conversion” and “transition.” Conversion is defined as “A written program of organic crop improvement designed to bring 100% of the farm acres into organic management or transition within at least 5 years following the first certification of any portion of that farm.” Transition is defined as “the time between the start of organic management and when the crop or livestock production system or site is eligible for organic certification.”

* The buffer standards have been updated, so the conversion from meters to feet is more accurate. 8 meters is noted as equal to 26 feet 3 inches.

* An outdated reference to “certification committee” was deleted from 2.1.1 and replaced with “OCIA” since conversion plans would be provided directly to OCIA.

The final version of the standards are available online here and track changes version is available here. Please note that implementation of the amended standards shall be enforceable 60 days after publication by OCIA International.

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Thank you for submitting your organic certification application! OCIA looks forward to working with you.

For applicants who are new or currently under suspension, please see the end of the page for some important notes.

An estimate for your 2020 certification and inspection fees was sent with the login information. Please promptly send payment to the address on the invoice. If you are a new applicant, OCIA will not review your file until payment is received.

If you are submitting hardcopies of any supporting documents, please mail them to the address on the invoice. Failure to submit required supporting documents may lead to delays in the review.

Once a complete file is received, OCIA will complete a pre-inspection review. During this process, OCIA will contact you if additional information is needed. Please respond to any communication from OCIA in a timely manner.

Please contact OCIA International if you have any questions.

New applicants: Please be reminded that as a new applicant, your operation currently cannot label or sell product as organic. If organic certification is granted, an organic certificate will be issued and product can then be sold as organic.

For farm operations, the inspector must see your crop in the field, so check-strips must be left in all fields requested for certification if any harvest occurs prior to inspection. For hay fields, any hay harvested prior to inspection cannot be certified as organic.

For suspended operations: Please be aware that no product can be sold as “organic” while suspended and previous product is no longer “organic.” For farm operations, any crops currently in storage are no longer organic and must be sold conventionally. Only crops harvested after reinstatement, if it is granted, may be sold as “organic.” Any crops harvested from fields prior to reinstatement must be sold conventionally.

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