Organic Certification

CSI offers organic certification to the Canada Organic Regime with equivalency to the United State's National Organic Program (NOP) and the EU's Organic Regulations.CSI also offers organic certification with equivalency to the Japanese Agricultural Standard.

For a general overview of the CSI organic certification process, click on this link for a PDF document that will help you understand the steps involved in obtaining organic certification for your operation. For information on CSI fees, please contact the CSI head office in Ottawa.

Canada Organic Regime (COR) - With NOP and EU Equivalency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) amended regulation on organic products was published on June 4, 2009 and came into effect on June 30, 2009. The Organic Regulations are maintained on the Standards Council of Canada website. The Canada Organic Standards (COS), which are organized into two parts, were revised November 2015. All operation certified under the Canada Organic Regime (COR)S need to be in full compliance with these updated standards by November 20, 2016.

CSI is an organic Certification Body accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For more information on the Canada Organic Regime, click here.

Canada Organic Regime (COR) - With Japan (JAS) Equivalency

CSI was the first Canadian-owned and operated organic certification body to be recognized as a Registered Overseas Certifying Body under the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS). CSI was granted JAS accreditation on September 8, 2008, following an extensive on-site audit and review by Japanese officials.

Up until 2015, CSI offered JAS certification for farms and processing facilities directly under the JAS law. The certification process involved a CSI-recognized organic inspector visiting a business to inspect their operations against the submitted organic system plan and check it against the JAS organic agricultural product standards. The inspectors' reports were reviewed by CSI and if the operation was in compliance with JAS, CSI would grant organic certification. In January 2015, the Canada-Japan organic equivalency agreement came into effect which meant that CSI along with other organic certification bodies, had to relinquish their JAS organic accreditation. Now CSI offers organic certification to organic producers and food preparers under the Canada Organic Regime with Japan (JAS) equivalency.

Bio-Suisse Approval for Export to Switzerland

CSI is also able to incorporate the Bio-Suisse requirements into our EU inspections to assist a client in obtaining Bio-Suisse approval. The following link will take you to the Bio-Suisse Import/Export page, where the requirements for export of farm or processed products are detailed.