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Steps To Certification

FVOPA Organic Certified Cabbage

How to become a Certified Organic Producer, Processor, Packer, Importer 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. Upon reciept of all completed forms (electronically) and payment of certification fees FVOPA will begin the process.
  4. The Certification Committee (CC) then carry out an initial review of the application.
  5. Once the application is approved, an Inspection is arranged.
  6. An Inspector will contact the operator to set up a convenient time for the inspection with the person who oversees organic production or processing.
  7. Once the inspection has taken place, 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 Canada Organic 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, Transitional Certificate or Attestation of Compliance will be issued.
  12. In some cases a second inspection may be required before the Certificate is issued.


How long does it take to get certified?
In the case of crop and livestock producers, (including grazing pasture) gaining Certified Organic status may take up to three years. The Canada Organic 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 practice.  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 initial certification decision is made.  For processing and packing  facilities, assuming 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 32-311-2015, amended 2018 ( i.e. the 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.

Who will come to inspect my Operation?
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 organic certification cost?
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. Fees are payable annually upon renewal and may change from year to year.