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Inputs

Note: All inputs applied must be reviewed by OCIA to determine that they are approved under the organic standards requested. Some inputs are restricted and certain criteria must be met to be compliant under the standards. Before purchasing and applying materials, update your Organic System Plan and submit all documentation you have about the input to OCIA for review. To speed up the review, it is best to use inputs that are already approved. The following material reviews are accepted by OCIA for the organic programs noted when part of an approved Organic System Plan.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has an Organic Input Material Program that reviews and registers fertilizers. Links to the Registered Organic Input Materials list and Fertilizer Product Database can be found on the program website.

Accepted for: National Organic Program (NOP)

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. OMRI Listed products are allowed for use in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program. The OMRI Canada program also lists products for use under the Canadian Organic Standards.

Accepted for: Canada Organic Regime (COR), National Organic Program (NOP)

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

The Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program has an input review program and publishes a link of products they have reviewed.

Accepted for: National Organic Program (NOP)

OMRI Lists

OMRI’s printed and web version lists, and comprehensive web search, provide the organic community with accurate, current information about products and materials allowed for organic use. The current OMRI Products List© and OMRI Canada Products List© are both available as free PDF downloads using the links below. The OMRI search includes these lists and information about materials from the OMRI Generic Materials List© for USDA National Organic Program standards, and the OMRI Canada Standards Manual© for Canada Organic Regime standards.

Recordkeeping Templates

OCIA has the following templates available for your use:

In English:

They are also available together in a zip file.

ATTRA has a document available for download that includes other templates in English that may be useful:
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=358

In Spanish:

También están disponibles juntos en un archivo zip.

Guides

Canadian Organic Growers has created the Guide to the Canadian Organic Standards. It uses plain language to explain the standards, as well as provide background information and examples. It is not a replacement for reviewing the standards, but it may be useful to operators. Please note that it is COG’s interpretation of the standard. It is not an official guidance document, so OCIA’s interpretation of some standards may differ.

Policies

Política de Certificación de de Grupo de Productores Comunitarios (CGG)

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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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