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The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA International) is a nonprofit, member-owned, organic certification organization and an accredited world leader in the certified organic industry. OCIA provides certification services to thousands of organic farmers, processors and handlers in North, Central and South America, and Asia.

OCIA Certified Organic Agricultural Land:

  • Over 1.2 million acres of certified organic farm land worldwide

Global Market Access with Accreditation by:

  • USDA for the U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) for US market access
  • IOAS for the Canada Organic Regime (COR), and IACB European Union Equivalent Standards (EU), and Reglamento de la Ley de Productos Orgánicos (LPO) for Canada, European, and Mexico market access
  • MAFF to meet Japanese Organic Agricultural Standards (JAS) for Japan market access
  • SENASA for the Technical Regulations for Organic Products for Peru market access
  • Mexico Secretary of Agriculture (SAGARPA) for Reglamento de la Ley de Productos Orgánicos (LPO) for Mexico market access
  • IOAS for ISO/IEC Guide 17065

Verification:

Assisting growers/producers, processors, brokers, and traders to verify organic products for access to:

  • BioSuisse organic regulations in Switzerland
  • UTZ Certified for sustainable and organic coffee, cocoa, and tea operations
  • Smithsonian Bird Friendly for coffee operations
  • Shade-Grown for coffee operations under the OCIA Standards Program

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CONFIRM SUBMISSION

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

For applicants who 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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