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

Steps To Certification

FVOPA Organic Certified Cabbage

How to become a Certified Organic Producer, Processor, Handling Facility or Distributor follows a straightforward path.

  1. Firstly, complete request for application form or contact the FVOPA Administrator  by email or by phone directly.
  2. FVOPA will send by email, a set of application forms and a list of required supporting documents.
  3. Complete all forms and submit with fees to FVOPA. (Electronically or by mail)
  4. The Certification Committee (CC) then carry out an initial review of the application.
  5. Once reviewed and approved, an Inspection is arranged.
  6. An Inspector will contact the operation to set up a convenient time for the inspection with the person who oversees organic production or processing.
  7. Once the inspection is completed , the Inspector submits the inspection reports to the CC for review.
  8. The certification decision is made by the CC based upon the Inspection reports and supporting documentation.
  9. The operator is then sent a report letter stating the CC's conclusions regarding the operations compliance with  the Standards.
  10. If there are certification conditions, the operator is given a set time frame to submit the necessary information.
  11. If there are no conditions, the  Organic Certificate or Transitional Certificate will be issued.
  12. In some cases a second inspection may be required before the Certificate is issued.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to get certified?
In the case of Producers, ( including grazing pasture) gaining Certified Organic status may take three years. The Standards outline a minimum of 12 months and up to a 36-month time frame for transitional status. This time frame is determined by the date of the last use of prohibited substances or practices.  All initial producers (land) operations must be under the surveillance of a Certification Body for a minimum of 12 months. The 12 months starts from the date the application is received and approved.  For Handling and Processing facilities, if all goes well, initial certification can take between  3 to 4 months. Organic product must be present for the Inspection.

How do I know what prohibited inputs are?
The CAN/CGSB 32-311-amended 2011 ( PSL - Permitted Substances List ) lists all the allowable inputs within each production area.  The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI - Canada list) also provides a list of allowable inputs,  however this may only be used as a guidleine - in Canada the PSL is the regulated list.

Who will come to inspect my farm?
All FVOPA inspectors are Inspector members of the International Organic Inspectors Association. (IOIA) This association is responsible for training inspectors world-wide. The inspectors receive accreditation at several levels with the IOIA enabling them to perform inspections on operations from orchards and gardens, all livestock operations through to complex processing plants. The inspectors are committed to organic farming practices and exercise the highest level of integrity, confidentiality and professionalism.

How much will it cost me?
FVOPA fees are a sliding scale based upon gross organic income (or projected gross organic income if an initial application). The fees include COABC membership, FVOPA membership, and Certification Committee reviews. Initial inspection costs are billed separately. Fee’s are payable annually upon renewal and may change from year to year.