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Five Steps to Certification

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Step 1: Apply for Certification

Once you’ve made the decision to go organic by adopting organic practices, it will be necessary to select an accredited certifying agent.
By choosing OCIA, you are requesting certification from a high-integrity, non-profit, member-run organization. Operations may also choose to be members of OCIA. Annually members vote on the fee schedule, board of directors, and other important agenda items. Our members have also established chapters which conduct farm tours and hold educational events at the local destinations. Which is why the Cornucopia Institute has given OCIA an Exemplary rating and called OCIA “one of the most farmer-centric certifiers in the country.” https://www.cornucopia.org/certifier-guide/ocia/

Information about the organic programs available from OCIA can be found online HERE, along with the requirements for each program.

The first step is to submit an application along with your Organic System Plan. Fees, which include certification costs and your estimated inspection costs, are also due at this time. Our applications can be found and submitted online at www.ocia.org or by calling an OCIA office.

Step 2: Pre-Inspection Review

After OCIA receives your complete application, we review it to verify whether it appears your operation will comply with the organic regulations.

We call this process the pre-inspection review (PIR). An OCIA Reviewer will verify all required information is on-file and that your operation complies with the organic standards. OCIA will contact you if additional information is needed or if your operation is ready for inspection.

Step 3: On-site Inspection

OCIA assigns an OCIA approved inspector to conduct an on-site inspection. The inspector verifies the Organic System Plan you provided is accurate and matches the practices being followed at your operation. They will also assess if there is any risk to organic integrity. Inspectors will communicate their findings, regarding the organic programs you have requested, to OCIA.
OCIA hires independent inspectors who have been trained in their specific field of expertise (e.g. crops, livestock, processing, grower groups). We try to assign an inspector near you to keep the cost of your inspection to a minimum. Inspectors will contact you directly to schedule a time to visit.

Step 4: Compliance Review

OCIA reviews the application and the inspection report to determine if your operation complies with the organic regulations.
During this time, an OCIA Reviewer may have additional questions for you as they review your application alongside the inspector’s report.

Step 5: Decision

If your operation has met all the organic compliance requirements, OCIA issues an organic certificate for the programs you requested. This certificate will note the processes and/or products that are certified. Documentation will accompany your certificate to give feedback on minor issues that must be addressed, including any necessary deadlines for response.

Certification must be maintained annually, so updating the Organic System Plan and annual on-site inspections are required to maintain your organic certifications. OCIA will contact you to provide these updates.

Please note that applying for certification is not a guarantee. All organic requirements must be met before your operation can be certified organic. But, please know that you have chosen a high integrity accredited certifying agent that will do its best to help you succeed.

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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 2022 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 2022 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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