• Latest Revision of Canada's Organic Production Standards and PSL Published by CGSB

    On December 11, 2020, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) published the latest revisions to CAN/CGSB-32.310 – Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311– Organic Production Systems:...

  • Dave Lockman Joins CSI

    CSI is delighted to introduce Dave Lockman as our newest team member.  Starting August 4th Dave will be fulfilling the role of Programs Coordinator and will have an immediate positive impact.  More specifically, he will be working closely with Jennifer Scott and Cheryl Laxton in the delivery of our organic certification services.  No doubt, you may already know Dave from his role as a...

  • Update on CSI's Response to COVID-19

    While the spread of COVID-19 in Canada seems to be stabilizing and the general environment seems to be improving, we do not want to be hasty in our decision to continue with our on-site inspections.  The health and safety our clients, inspectors and staff are our top priorities.  So, CSI will continue to suspend all on-site inspection activities a little while longer. 

    In the interim,...

  • CFIA Notice - Requirements for the Documentation Accompanying Organic Products Imported Under USCOEA

    Please take note of the change made to the Canada-US (USCOEA) equivalency arrangement, which no longer allows for NOP-certified operators to make a self-attestation regarding equivalence with COR. All organic products which are COR equivalent must be indicated as such on the organic certificate and product list issued by the operator’s NOP certifier. For more information, please review the...

  • CSI Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

    As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to spread in Canadian communities, and unfortunately as the pandemic grows, so does the risk of exposure to you and our inspectors.  This is a challenging time for us all as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 virus on our personal lives, on our work lives, and on our communities.  Given the risks and the potential impacts, CSI has decided to...

  • COR Operating Manual version 17, Effective April 5, 2019

    After circulating version 16 of the Canada Organic Regime (COR) Operating Manual to CSI certified organic operators, CFIA release version 17 of the COR Operating Manual on April 5, 2019. The new version contains two additional annexes, one explaining the "family of certificates" that Certification Bodies (CBs) may issue, and the other containing a flowchart for management of non-conformities...

  • COR Operating Manual Updated January 15, 2019

    On January 15, 2019, the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came in to effect, which now incorporate the Organic Products Regulations, 2009 as Part 13.  Also, as of January 15th, CFIA updated their Operating Manual for Conformity Verification Bodies (CVBs) and Certification Bodies (CBs).

    CSI is...

  • Summary of Modifications to the Canada Organic Standards (COS) - March 2018

    On April 12, 2018, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) published the latest revisions to CAN/CGSB-32.310:2015 – Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311:2015 – Organic Production Systems: Permitted Substances Lists (PSL). These revisions were proposed and agreed upon by the CGSB Technical committee to address some gaps identified in...

  • OMRI Canada Product List Update

    OMRI recently listed several more products for use in production under the Canada Organic Regime standards.  You are welcome to download the updated OMRI Canada Products List from the OMRI website at:   

    You can click here for......

  • Public Review of Canada's Organic Agriculture Standards

    The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released draft editions of the following Organic Agriculture Standards: 

    • CAN/CGSB 32.310 Organic production systems ― General principles and management standards 
    • CAN/CGSB 32.311 Organic production systems ― Permitted substances lists 

    These two standards can now be downloaded for public review.  ...