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Quality management system of the Canada organic regime

Accreditation and Certification

What are the procedures Canadian organic certifiers must follow? Which certifiers (also called certification bodies) are authorized to certify products in Canada? What agreement will determine whether an organic product certified in California will be allowed to bear the organic label in the Canadian marketplace? Who monitors products with labels that bear the "Organic Canada" logo?

The Canada Organic Office has developed a Quality Management System (QMS) manual that defines the procedures that accrediters, certifiers and producers of organic products must follow. This manual is permanently posted on the Canada Organic Office’s website, along with the names of the accredited certifiers authorized to certify Canadian products and methods.

The Canada Organic Office will also be responsible for revising the Organic Products Regulations to keep pace with the development of national and international standards and markets.

Lastly, the Canada Organic Office is responsible for determining the equivalence between Canadian standards and applicant countries’ standards, recognizing foreign accreditation bodies, and applying procedures for issuing export certificates for Canadian products. This mandate is extremely relevant as import-export activities are very important in the organic food sector.

“The Certification Body must conduct an evaluation of all production and processing operations, including packaging and labelling pertaining to the product. Regular visits must include, among other things, a visit to all premises and locations preparation operations take place. Evaluations must be conducted for each certification application, including its renewal.”

Quality Management System

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