Applicant wishing to apply for organic certification of any scope and programme can contact ACT office for the application package. The package includes
* Basic documents:
– Introduction information about ACT and Organic Certification (211MN)
- – ACT Organic Standards
– Generic Manual or ACT Organic Certification (223MN)
* Application document according the scope of certification
– application and agreement (221 FM)
– production plan of all activities intended for certification (of the relevant scope) and the annexes
See 13. Renewal of Certification
Before completing the application, applicant should study the details of the applicable standards and ensure that the applicant can comply with the standards and certification requirements.
Applicant must carefully fill the application documents which consist of
* the application and agreement form
* production plan for the scope intended for certification as well as all annexes.
Information in the application is very important because correct and accurate information will benefit the applicant later. Please take time to prepare the information before complete them.
Before submitting the application, applicant should check the completeness of each document. Incomplete submission may result in a delay in the inspection and certification process. Signing of application and agreement is of critical as ACT cannot proceed to the next step if the signature is missing.
Application documents can be submitted to ACT by email or normal mail.
7.2 Fee Payment
Fee is the same of any certification scope and programme. You can contact ACT for the details of certification fees.
Alternatively, the applicant may contact ACT to estimate the certification fee. ACT staff can make an estimate based on information given by the applicant.
Within 15 days after submission of application, and ACT staff has check the completeness of the application documents, ACT will issue an invoice of the certification fee to the applicant. The invoice will also include the payment details. The applicant shall pay the invoice within 30 days otherwise the inspection would be delayed.
Please note that after inspection, ACT may issue another invoice for the inspection expenses, e.g. inspector’s travelling, accommodation, other inspection expenses. Applicant must pay this additional invoice before ACT proceed to issue certification results.
If there is additional inspection required, applicant is also responsible for the additional expenses,
7.3 Withdrawal the Application
Applicant may wish to withdraw the application at any stage by writing to inform ACT (email is acceptable). ACT however reserves the right not to refund fee already paid to ACT in any case.