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United States Streamlines Organic Trade with Taiwan

USDA today announced a new U.S.-Taiwan equivalence arrangement, effective May 30, 2020, that streamlines organic trade with Taiwan. The arrangement allows organic products certified in the United States or Taiwan to be sold as organic in either market. It also...

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2020 Organic Inspections During COVID-19 Pandemic

OCIA has created an Emergency Remote Inspection Policy and Procedures document. This summary explains the main points of the policy and procedure. It is recommended that operators stay inspection-ready at all times. As on-site inspections are preferred and there may...

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USDA to Host Webinar April 29

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET, for farmers, shippers and other suppliers interested in learning more about the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. This...

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New Developments in Canada

OCIA has been accredited by IOAS to offer certification of cannabis production and cannabis processing in Canada, through the OCIA International Certification Standards. The OCIA International Certification Standards are OCIA's private standard. Certification under...

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New Applicant Inspections

Thank you for applying with OCIA. Due to COVID-19, OCIA has been forced to pause inspections for now. The NOP requires that an on-site inspection occur for new applicants before certification can be granted, which includes operations currently certified by other...

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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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