Revised, Simplified Annual Renewal Process for NOP Organic Clients

Revised, Simplified Annual Renewal Process for NOP Organic Clients
Jonathan - Sun Jan 12, 2014 @ 01:38PM
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The USDA National Organic Program, through its "Sound and Sensible" initiative, has encouraged accredited certifiers to simply the process of certified operations submitting their annual updates, so as to reduce the paperwork burden associated with organic certification. In accordance with the "Sound and Sensible" approach, Americert International has made some modifications to the renewal process and forms, and in particular has created a simplified annual update form for operations renewing their certification annually. The new handler update and grower update forms require that operations verify no changes to aspects of their operation which have not changed, rather than submitting all of the original paperwork again. This simplified update process should cut in half the number of pages of forms to be completed each year. Under the new process, each operation type should:

For Handlers:

Download and complete the Handler Annual Update Form, which can be downloaded from this link.

NOTE: You will need Adobe Reader to open the form. Also please note that if you open it in your browser it will not function properly--you will need to download it and then open it in Adobe Reader in order to be able to type into and save the form.

Complete the annual update form, complete, and submit it back to Americert with the following attachments:

1. Completed Organic Product Profiles for each product for which certification is sought.

2. Copies of updated supplier certificates.

3. Any attachments reflecting revisions or changes to the handler plan since last year.

4. Copies of labels for each product for which certification is sought, unless there have been no changes.

5. Annual renewal fees.

For Growers:

Download and complete the Grower Annual Update Form, which can be downloaded from this link.

NOTE: You will need Adobe Reader to open the form. Also please note that if you open it in your browser it will not function properly--you will need to download it and then open it in Adobe Reader in order to be able to type into and save the form.

Complete the annual update form, complete, and submit it back to Americert with the following attachments:

1. Any attachments reflecting revisions or changes to the grower plan since last year.

2. Copies of labels for each product for which certification is sought, unless there have been no changes.

3. Annual renewal fees.

You will need a copy of your last approved organic system plan to complete the update form. Please contact Americert International if you need a copy of the last approved system plan.


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