Canada

#Certification to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) Standards

OTCO offers services to evaluate crop and handling operations that comply with the Canada Organic Regime (COR). All operations in Canada growing or manufacturing organic products within the scope of COR are required to become certified to this standard.

The scope covers food and drink intended for human consumption and food intended to feed livestock, including agricultural crops used for those purposes, and also the cultivation of plants.

Note

Products excluded from the scope cannot be certified under COR nor use the seal. However, they may be eligible for organic certification under other international standards. Contact us at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=e3NEZW9edEBiJS9kGFJ3MFN6Y2Y-3D_19> for support.

Application steps for COR certification

#Importing to the U.S. from Canada

The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allow Canada Organic Regime (COR) certified products to be imported into the U.S., but in order to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic in U.S., organic products must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics shall not be marketed as organic in the United States
  • Written documentation is required to verify that additional production requirements have been met and attestations can be made by either the operation or the certifying agent
  • All products that are produced under the terms of the arrangement must be accompanied by documentation stating the following: “Certified in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement.”

For more information, visit the USDA NOP website.

#Exporting to Canada from the U.S.

In support of Canada’s organic program — Canada Organic Regime (COR) — several trade arrangements or equivalency arrangements allow COR-certified products to be exported to partner countries.

U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement
The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allow USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified products to be imported into Canada without requiring additional certifications, but has the following restrictions:

  • All USDA NOP agricultural products produced with sodium nitrate cannot be sold or marketed as organic in Canada
  • All USDA NOP agricultural products produced by hydroponic or aeroponic production methods cannot be sold or marketed as organic in Canada
  • All USDA NOP agricultural products derived from animals must be produced according to livestock stocking rates as set in the Canadian Organic Standards
  • All shipments of organic products crossing the Canadian border — in either direction — must be accompanied by documentation which includes the statement:
 “Certified in compliance with the terms of the U.S.–Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement.”
  • All OTCO clients that wish to list products on their organic certificate as U.S.–Canada equivalent must complete the International Markets form and submit it to OTCO

Forms & Documents

Please note: If you applied for certification using our Online OSP via SOW Organic, you can make all of your OSP updates and requests through your account. All others should download the above and submit it to <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=cXlTa3NDV3R-2FIDd4XhNqJQNTemNm_19>.

#Importing to the EU from Canada

The Canada–EU Bilateral Equivalency Arrangement allows COR-certified products to be imported into an EU member state, but has the following restrictions:

  • COR-certified processed products exported to the EU as food or feed must be “final processed” in Canada
  • The EU and/or COR logos are allowed on products, but product labels must be compliant with the country of final sale
  • Every shipment must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection (COI) form issued through TRACES; contact us at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=e3NEZW9edEBiJS9kGFJ3MFN6Y2Y-3D_19> for support

Note

The arrangement applies to unprocessed plant products, live animals, unprocessed animal products, vegetative propagating material, seeds for cultivation, and processed agricultural products for use as food and feed.

#Exporting to Canada from the EU

The Canada–EU Bilateral Equivalency Arrangement allows EU-certified products to be imported into Canada without requiring additional certifications, but has the following restrictions:

  • EU-certified products imported into Canada must be “final processed” and labeled in the EU
  • The EU and/or COR logos are allowed on products, but product labels must be compliant with the country of final sale
  • Every shipment must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection (COI) form issued through TRACES; contact us at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=e3NEZW9edEBiJS9kGFJ3MFN6Y2Y-3D_19> for support

Note

The Canada–EU Bilateral Equivalency Arrangement applies to unprocessed plant products, live animals, unprocessed animal products, vegetative propagating material, seeds for cultivation, and processed agricultural products for use as food and feed.

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