Organic is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. Certification includes inspections by trained and qualified inspectors of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set. Several AOSCA agencies have applied for certification from the USDA National Organic Programs and their respective state authorities.
Organic Certification Process through NOP - recognized AOSCA Agencies:
Applicant requests organic certification from AOSCA agency.
AOSCA agency screens applicant to determine eligibility
and which Organic Plan Application needs to be completed.
The package is returned to AOSCA agency.
AOSCA agency screens the Organic Plan (application and
attachments) to determine applicant's eligibility and
completeness of Organic Plan package.
AOSCA agency assigns an organic inspector for site visit.
Inspector performs on-site inspection, completing
appropriate Organic Inspection Affidavit and Organic
Inspection Report, which becomes part of the applicant's
AOSCA agency reviews complete Organic Plan (application,
attachments, Organic Inspection Affidavit, Organic
Inspection Report) and makes a decision on organic
AOSCA agency notifies applicant of organic certification
Applicant signs and returns Organic Certification
Contract and implements all conditions.
Applicant receives Organic Certificate from AOSCA agency.