The Certification process.
Monday, January 2, 2012 at 9:19AM
Gary Leavitt

STEP 1: Be prepared to fill out a lot of forms and write a detailed description about your operation. If you are not sure of what is required you may wish to contact a company that specializes in assisting first time applicants. 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.

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