U.S. – Canada Program

Our U.S.-Canada Program provides access export opportunities for your organic products to two markets with one certification.

Canada

The Canadian government began implementing the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) in 2009 within the framework of the Organic Products Regulations, 2009 (SOR / 2009-176) and overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).   

The Canada Organic Office (COO), which is part of the CFIA, has published COO Operating Manual. The latest version V15, 2018-02-19 can be accessed at [link].

ACT has been accredited by the CFIA since June 2009 to certify crop production, processing and handling, and wild harvest that comply with the COR standards.  (Check out ACT on the lists of certification bodies recognized by CFIA.)

The Canadian organic standards (2015 version) are contained in two documents:

Both documents can be downloaded from the CFIA website [link]

United States

The National Organic Program (NOP), under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been adopted as the regulatory framework for governing organic farming in the United States since 2002.

The U.S. has trade agreements with several nations to facilitate  organic trade. The U.S.-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement, signed in 2009, recognizes the USDA NOP and the COR as equivalent and allows the smooth exchange of organic products between the two countries without additional certification, except for a few specific restrictions.

ACT does not offer services to certify organic products to the NOP directly. However, by simply enrolling in our U.S.-Canada Program to have your products certified to the COR standards, you can ship them to the U.S. without any further certification and use the USDA NOP logo under the terms of this arrangement.

As with the COR standards, the scope of ACT’s certification services available for organic products to enter the U.S. through the equivalence arrangement includes crop production, processing and handling, and wild harvest.

For more information on the US-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement, visit the CFIA website. [link]