Sanctions by suspension and de-certification may be imposed when there is a clear proof of violations or non-compliance of organic standards, policies, agreements, or certification conditions, either with intention or by negligence.
When the operator’s certification is suspended or terminated, the right to seal use also ends. The operator then must:
(1) Destroy all remaining packages carrying organic seal immediately or send the packages to ACT. The operator must bear the cost of such action;
(2) ACT may allow the suspended or de-certified operator to sell the remaining products carrying organic seal only those remaining in the stock on the date of suspension or de-certification. But the operator must enter into a contract with ACT prior to the sale.
(3) The operator has the right to appeal the suspension or de-certification decision. But the suspension or de-certification still has effect until the appeal decision reverses the earlier decision.
(4) The de-certified operator may be prohibited from re-applying for ACT organic certification at a maximum of 3 years.