Here at Spring Regulatory Services, we pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients through every step of the organic certification process. We understand that navigating the certification process can be a daunting undertaking without the appropriate resources and experience. To the benefit of our clients, over the past four decades, Spring Regulatory Services has formed a vast network of contacts in agencies in the U.S. and around the world that have helped us streamline the certification process for you.

The first step in organic certification is submitting an application to your certifying agency. After your application is reviewed, an inspector will be assigned to conduct an on-site inspection of your operation. The inspector will verify that your operation is in compliance with all applicable organic standards. Once your operation is certified, you will be issued a certificate and will be able to use the USDA Organic Seal on your products.

There are three different types of organic certifications: production, processing, and handling. Depending on your type of operation, you may need one or more of these certifications. If you are involved in any step of the organic production or handling process, from farm to table, you may need to be certified.

Production Certification

If you are a farmer producing organic crops or raising organic livestock, you will need to obtain a production certification. To do this, you will need to have your farm inspected by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. The agent will verify that your farm meets the USDA organic standards and issue you a certificate if they find that it does. You will need to renew your certification every year.

Processing Certification

If you are a processor or handler of organic products, you will need to obtain a processing certification. To do this, you will need to have your facility inspected by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. The agent will verify that your facility meets the USDA organic standards and issue you a certificate if they find that it does. You will need to renew your certification every year.

Handling Certification

If you are involved in any step of the organic handling process but do not actually process the final product, you will only need to obtain a handling certification. To do this, you will need to have your facility inspected by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. The agent will verify that your facility meets the USDA organic standards and issue you a certificate if they find that it does. You will need to renew your certification every year.

The certification process can be complex and time-consuming, but with Spring Regulatory Services by your side, we can take care of everything for you so that you can focus on running your business. With over four decades of experience and a vast network of contacts in agencies all over the world, we are confident that we can help streamline the process and get your products certified as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us today to get started!