CONTACT:

Mailing address:
FVOPA
PO Box 19052,
Delta, BC. V4L 2P8
Canada

Phone: 604-789-7586    Administrator Direct
Phone: 778-434-3070
Fax:     1-866-230-0322

Email   admin@fvopa.ca

Request for Application Form

FVOPA

organically certified mushroomsThe FVOPA Certification Program.

The Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association (FVOPA) was established in March, 2001 as an Incorporated Society in the Province of British Columbia. FVOPA is a self-sustaining organic certifier

FVOPA‘s certification program is  based on compliance with the National Standards of Canada CAN/CGSB 32-310/32-311-2015 and in accordance with the BC Certified Organic ISO 17065 Program adopted by the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia which is acceptable to all jurisdictions.

FVOPA provides certification services in all provinces of Canada.  FVOPA operators may ship products out of BC to any province in Canada, to the USA, Europe and Asia, thus having access to the global marketplace. FVOPA certifies  all types of organic production  : farm crops, ( including land in transition to organic), all livestock (including dairy & poultry), greenhouses, mushroom farms, single and multi-ingredient processing facilities, packers, custom processors,  distributors, wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs.

FVOPA certification includes organic product labeling. Operators are authorised to label  products as “ Organic” and may display the Canada Organic logo. Under the terms of the Canada/US Equivalency Arrangement FVOPA certified operators may also label their organic products with the USDA seal. Both logos are permitted on organic product labels in either country providing the organic content of the product is 95% or more and the usage guidelines are adhered to. Operations certified by the FVOPA program may also label organic product with the BC official checkmark, which is comprised of the prescribed phrase "British Columbia Certified Organic" and the symbol "checkmark in a box". 

FVOPA contracts Verification Officers (Inspectors) who are trained and fully qualified Inspector members of the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). This is the body, recognized by the COABC and ISO 17065, as being responsible for training and upgrading of Verification Officers under the CAN/CGSB.

Under ISO 17065, the FVOPA program implements and has in place safeguards to ensure there is no possibility of influence, impartiality or conflict of interest in the certification process.  The Certification Committee who make the final decision on certification must be clearly removed (disinterested) from the operation in question. The person conducting the inspection (Verification Officer) cannot be involved in the certification decision nor have any interest in the enterprise they are inspecting.  All persons involved in the certification process are required to annually sign and abide by a Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest agreement.

As a leading advocate for sustainable agriculture, FVOPA is actively involved in providing support to its membership through regular Board meetings, dissemination of information, and through membership of other associations such as the Canadian Health Food Association (CFHA) and the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA).

FVOPA accepts applications throughout the year  form all types of operators seeking organic certification or compliance with the Canadain Organic Standards.

Please contact our Administrator with your initial enquiry admin@fvopa.ca

or click here to download a Request for Application package.

The BC Certified Organic Program.

As an accredited member of the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC), FVOPA subscribes to and administers the BC Certified Organic ISO 17065 Program (BCCOP). The BCCOP has adopted the Canadian Standard (Can/CGSB 32-310 and Can/CGSB 32-311 -amended 2015) as the Provincial Standards. The BCCOP is a system of accreditation (of certification bodies) and certification (of enterprises) provided under law in British Columbia. The COABC is the administrator of the Organic Regulations and follows the Agri-Food Choice and Quality Act of BC. Accreditation under the BC Certified Organic ISO 17065  Program therefore entitles FVOPA to provide certification services under the Canada Organic Regime.

The Canada Organic Regime

The COABC is recognised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as an official accreditation body under the Canadian Organic Regime. The Canadian Organic Regime is administered by the CFIA under the authority of the Organic Products Regulation 2009 (this regulation is enacted under the Canadian Agricultural Products Act). The Canadian Organic Regime is a mandatory program covering organic claims on products that are traded over provincial or international boundaries. FVOPA administers compliance to CAN/CGSB 32-310/32-311-amended 2015) as well as compliance with the US/Canada Equivalence Arrangement.

Organic Certification

Organic certification exists to provide consumers with assurance that claims made by sellers of organic products have substance. Certification is a system of application, on site evaluation by independent third party verification officers, and assessment by a third party certification committee.

Under the Canadian Organic Regime, the Organic Production Regulations refers to the certification of products, not to production units (farms, or portions of farms, or processing or handling facilities). The status of certified organic thus refers to the product produced, not the enterprise.  Certified Organic verifies that products were produced under conditions required by organic standards, and provides verification of individual products.

The word “product” is used in its widest sense and includes processes and services. The word “product” is used in its widest sense and includes processes and services; the word “standard” is used to include other normative documents such as specifications or technical regulations.