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Certification & Verification Programs

OCIA offers certification to the following programs:

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.

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!

Canada Organic Regime (COR)
OCIA’s COR accreditation ensures standards are met by the Canadian government, helping you succeed in the Canadian Market.

 

Verification Programs

OCIA can verify your product as organic to these international standards and organic equivalency arrangements:

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.

JAS Equivalency
This is a verification that OCIA performs for certified operators located within the United States. JAS Equivalency allows for NOP certified product to be exported to Japan, providing the applicant will be shipping to a JAS certified importer that is willing to affix the JAS Seal in Japan, or be processed by a JAS certified processor/manufacturer in the United States. This is required for issuance of a USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Certificate (AMS or TM-11 Form) of export.

US-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement
The United States and Canada have an organic equivalence arrangement. This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic operations certified to the USDA organic or Canada Organic Regime standards may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries. The equivalency arrangement is only available for operations certified to either the NOP or the COR.

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.

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.

Shade-Grown Coffee
A value-added program for certified organic coffee producers, which encourages shade-grown practices to promote biodiversity, natural habitat, and minimize deforestation of coffee ecosystems.

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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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¡Gracias por enviar su solicitud de certificación orgánica! OCIA espera trabajar con usted. Para los solicitantes que son nuevos o están actualmente suspendidos, consulte el final de la página para conocer información importante.

Se le envió un estimado de los honorarios de certificación e inspección 2020 con la información de inicio de sesión. Envíe puntualmente el pago a la dirección que figura en la factura. Si usted es un nuevo solicitante, OCIA no revisará su expediente hasta que se reciba el pago.

Si envía copias impresas de cualquier documento de respaldo, envíelas por correo a la dirección que figura en la factura. Se podrá producir demoras en la revisión si no se envían los documentos de respaldo necesarios,.

Una vez que se recibe un expediente completo, OCIA llevará a cabo una revisión de preinspección. Durante este proceso, OCIA se comunicará con usted si necesita información adicional. Responda a cualquier comunicación de OCIA de manera oportuna.

Póngase en contacto con OCIA International si tiene alguna pregunta.

Para los solicitantes nuevos: recuerde que, como solicitante nuevo, su operación actualmente no puede etiquetar o vender productos como orgánicos. Si se otorga la certificación orgánica, se emitirá un certificado orgánico y el producto se podrá vender como orgánico.

Para las operaciones agrícolas, el inspector debe ver su cultivo en el campo, por lo que si se produce alguna cosecha antes de la inspección, se deben dejar franjas o surcos de verificación en todos los campos solicitados para la certificación. Para los campos de heno, cualquier heno cosechado antes de la inspección no puede certificarse como orgánico.

Para operaciones suspendidas: tenga en cuenta que ningún producto puede venderse como "orgánico" mientras está suspendido y que el producto anterior ya no es "orgánico". Para las operaciones agrícolas, cualquier cultivo actualmente almacenado ya no es orgánico y debe venderse de manera convencional. Solo los cultivos cosechados después del restablecimiento, si se otorga, pueden venderse como "orgánicos". Cualquier cultivo cosechado de los campos antes de la reinstalación debe venderse de manera convencional ".

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

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¡Gracias por enviar su solicitud de certificación orgánica! OCIA espera trabajar con usted.

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