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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.


Important notice

The Standards Interpretation Committee’s Questions and Answers have been updated to reflect the content of the Canadian Organic Standards 2020 published in December 2020.

The 2015 COS remains applicable for one year after the publication of the 2020 COS. For this reason, both editions are taken into account for every question and answer. If the answer is written completely in black, this means the answer applies to both the 2015 and 2020 editions.

If the answer has both blue and black text, the part of the answer written in black corresponds to the 2015 COS and the part of the answer written in blue corresponds strictly to the 2020 COS.

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