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Who Needs to be Certified Organic?

Most farms and businesses that grow, handle, or process organic products must be certified. Through this certifier instruction, the National Organic Program (NOP) is reminding certifiers that organic agricultural products must be produced and handled exclusively at certified organic farms and handling operations to ensure organic integrity throughout the product's lifecycle.

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Most farms and businesses that grow, handle, or process organic products must be certified. Through this certifier instruction, the National Organic Program (NOP) is reminding certifiers that organic agricultural products must be produced and handled exclusively at certified organic farms and handling operations to ensure organic integrity throughout the product's lifecycle.

This policy clarification will increase transparency throughout the supply chain and provide additional opportunities for operations currently serving the organic sector.

We are also committed to continuing our work to make organic certification affordable, attainable, and accessible through our Sound and Sensible initiative

NOP 4009: Who Needs to Be Certified

Questions and Answers

Currently growing, handling, or processing organic products without being certified?

Getting Certified Organic: Learn about certification requirements, access a list of certifiers, and view additional resources to get certified 

 

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