Organic agriculture standards are important requirements which operator must comply in order to get certification. ACT use the standards as a reference for its certification decision. Prior to the application, the operator should carefully study and ensure that it understand the requirements of the applicable standards (e.g. ACT Organic Standards for operator applying for IFOAM Programe and EU Programme or Canadian organic standards when applying for COR Programme).
In case you have any question regarding standard issues, please contact ACT office. If you are organized as producer group, you may ask the ACT to hold a generic training for explaining the organic standards and how to apply. For further information, please contact ACT office.
In case th applicant is not fully manage the production or processing activities but sub-contract them out to another person or entity to perform the work. The applicant has a responsibility to explain the standards and other certification requirements to the sub-contractor. See more details in the section “Certification Requirements”.
ACT Organic Standards
Normally, each organic system would have its own organic standards. In some system, it recognize standards of another system or allow the certification body to have its own standards but such standards must be assessed for compliance or equivalence to the system’s main standards.
To reduce confusion among organic operator, ACT has integrated 3 system’s standards into one single document [the “ACT Organic Standards”]. These 3 basis standards are:
(1) IFOAM Basic Standards
(2) organic standards requirements as described in the EU (EC) no. 834/2007 and 889/2008
(3) domestic organic farming practices that the ACT Standards Committee has internally developed for the standards on livestock production and organic menu.
ACT Organic Standards is prepared by ACT Standard Committee, comprising of experts from various fields, has the overall responsibilities to manage the drafting and revising of ACT Organic Standards. The final draft is to be submitted to the ACT Foundation’s Board of Director for approval before it becomes effective.
Normally, ACT will do a revision of the ACT Organic Standards every 2 years. If you have any comments or proposal for amendment, please send in the written comments to ACT office.
You can download the ACT Organic Standards at this link.
Canadian organic standards
Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is responsible for writing the Canadian organic standards for the Canadian Organic Regime (COR). The COR organic standards can be downloaded from the website of the Public Works and Government Services Canada: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/comm/32-20-agriculture-eng.htm