How to Certify
The certification process consists of several steps through which MCIA verifies that the NOP regulations are being followed.
The steps for organic handling/processing certification include:
- Contact MCIA. MCIA will help you assemble the information you need to begin the certification process. Our Organic Certification Handbook can be downloaded or we will mail a copy to you. This describes the whole process in greater detail. When you are ready call or email MCIA so we can get started.
- Develop your Organic System Plan (OSP). The MCIA Organic System Plan Handler will guide you through the questions required to create your OSP. The OSP describes your products or services and the equipment and processes that you will use. For products with more than one ingredient, you will need to submit a Multi Ingredient Product Profile which lists ingredients, additives and processing aids. Labels will also need to be submitted for review.
- Submit your OSP, other required application forms, and applicable fees to MCIA. MCIA will review the application to assess the eligibility of your product and Organic System Plan for certification. MCIA may contact you for additional information.
- Inspection. MCIA will arrange for an inspector to schedule an on-site inspection with you. The inspector will write up an inspection report and send it to MCIA.
- Evaluation. MCIA will review the inspection report to ensure compliance with the NOP standards. There may be additional questions to you at this point.
- Certification. After satisfying any final issues, MCIA will issue a contract. The organic certificate will be issued after receipt of the signed contract and payment of any remaining fees.