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STEP 1: An application with appropriate attachments outlining the applicants organic production or handling system plan is submitted to Organic Certifiers, along with a non-refundable $500.00 set-up fee. This fee covers the initial document review and on-site inspection. Additional inspection charges may apply depending on the location and time required.

STEP 2: Upon review and acceptance of the application, an on-site inspection of the organic operation is conducted by a trained inspector. A written inspection report is provided to Organic Certifiers and to the applicant.

STEP 3: A final review of the application, materials and inspection report is conducted and a decision on certification rendered by Organic Certifiers. Upon receipt of the annual certification fee, an original certificate is issued to the certified operation. The certification must be updated annually.