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Canadian Organic Standards

Final Questions & Answers


The role of the Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) is defined in Section C.5 of the Canada Organic Regime operating manual.

The SIC answers questions submitted by certification bodies and operators about the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). By interpreting the standards through questions and answers, the SIC can help people better understand the COS.

The SIC cannot, however, issue an exception or relax the standards: the SIC supports a strict adherence to the COS. If operators want to challenge an aspect of the COS, they can apply to the Canadian General Standards Board for an amendment to the COS.

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