Adding new labels and label revisions
Check out our Labeling and Composition Guide to learn more about requirements that differ depending on the “organic-ness” of your product(s).
When do I need to submit labels for review?
Each time you add a new label or make changes to an existing product label, you must submit your label to OTCO for review and approval prior to use.
We advise against printing unapproved labels in all circumstances. Using a non-compliant label can result in the loss of product sales, recalls, and certification suspension.
Can I use templates for my bulk labels?
OTCO may be able to accept a label template for use and application on bulk labels, but we require that updates or new bulk label templates be submitted for review and approval prior to use.
Can I get my labels pre-approved before I am certified?
We can review and issue pre-approval of a label if you’ve submitted an Organic System Plan (OSP) or product addition for review.
Please note the approval will only verify that the label itself is compliant with the standards. A thorough review (e.g., ingredient verification, formulation, etc.) of your OSP is required to determine if the product is compliant. It’s possible that the review of your product, and subsequent needed changes, might require a revision to your label.
Can I get labels pre-approved for my new product?
Yes, we can review and issue pre-approval of a label if you’ve submitted a product addition request, but the approval will only verify the compliance of the label. Your product is still subject to review and make require a revision to your label.
What are labeling requirements do I need to follow?
We’ve outlined the requirements for specific certifications in our Labeling and Composition Guide. However, in all cases, it is important to ensure that the ingredients on your label match (exactly) the ingredients listed on your Product Formulation Sheet and Master Ingredient List.
Once you finalize your label, submit it to your client service team for review and approval prior to use.