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2025 Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

                                                                                                                                                                                               September 13, 2023

Over 250 proposals for changes were submitted following the launch of the review process in July 2023. Each of these requests will have to be analyzed to determine whether the suggested changes should be incorporated into the Canadian Organic Standards.

The list of proposals as updated on September 13, 2023 can be consulted:

Each person wishing to join a WG or TG is invited to complete
a brief application form describing their expertise and experience
within the Canadian organic industry.

To apply, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBWGBD9

DEADLINE extended- SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 

 

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                                                                                                                                                       August 28, 2023

The Canadian Organic Standards (COS) are attracting a great deal of interest: more than 250 requests for changes were submitted following the launch of the review process in July 2023. Each of these requests will have to be analyzed to determine whether the suggested changes should be incorporated into the COS.

Following the procedures of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), the Organic Federation of Canada is now moving on to the next stage:
the reconstitution of the Working Groups (WG) and Task Forces (TF).

These groups will analyze the requests submitted by the industry and make recommendations to the voting members of the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (which will decide by ballot on the final content of the 2025 COS).

Read more about responsibilities of the members of the WGs and TFs.

Each person wishing to join a WG or TG is invited to complete
a brief application form describing their expertise and experience
within the Canadian organic industry.

To apply, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBWGBD9

DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

 

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News in Brief

                                                                                                                                            August 14, 2023

  • 269 modification requests have been submitted as part of the revision of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). The Lists of Permitted Substances in Crop Production section received the highest number of submissions – with almost 50 requests for modifications.
  • In accordance with the procedures of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), the OFC will soon publish the full list of submissions. 
  • The CGSB is responsible for managing the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (TC). Any organization or individual concerned by TC decisions and having expressed an interest in standards development is eligible for TC membership if it can demonstrate its ability to participate actively in the review process. Any organization wishing to acquire voting member status must contact the CGSB by August 24, 2023.
  • The OFC is responsible for managing the working groups. Recruitment of working group members will take place at the end of August.
  • In order to fund the COS review, the OFC has submitted an application for funding under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Agri-Assurance Program. The OFC expects to receive news of its application in September. In the event of a positive response from AAFC, OFC will launch a fundraising campaign to raise the matching funds required by the AAFC program, which amount to 25% of the budget allocated to the revision project. Stay tuned!
Review Milestones of the Canadian Organic Standards


Have your say! (closed)

The Canadian Organic Standards are an evolving document that is modernized every five years to consider and integrate new ecological practices that will enhance soil health and facilitate pest control under certified organic management.

In order to prepare the review of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards that has to be completed in the fall of 2025, the Organic Federation of Canada invites all organic stakeholders to submit requests for modifications to the Canadian Organic Standards.

                                                                                                        DEADLINE – JULY 28, 2023

 

To submit your request:

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            Please submit all completed modification requests
                to standards- normes@organicfederation.ca
               
  
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