The Organic Certification Process
1. SUBMIT APPLICATION
Application forms are available here or by calling us directly at (805) 684-6494. A completed application and supporting documents are submitted to OC either through email, fax, or mail along with a deposit.
2. INITIAL REVIEW OF APPLICATION
Your assigned client representative will conduct the initial review of the application materials submitted to ensure that the practices are described in sufficient detail and the operation appears eligible for inspection.
3. INSPECTOR VISITS THE SITE
After the initial review is complete, the applicant is assigned to inspection. An OC inspector will visit the site(s) to verify the practices stated in the application are being followed.
4. FINAL REVIEW OF APPLICATION AND INSPECTION REPORT
Once the inspector submits the report back to OC, a final reviewer will assess the application and report to determine whether the operation meets the requirements of the organic regulations.
5. CERTIFICATE ISSUED
Upon final approval and payment of all fees, a certificate of organic production is issued.
→ The certification process takes approximately 2-3 months to complete. We do, however, offer an expedite service to complete certification in 4-6 weeks, please contact us for more information about our prices.