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You may want to become certified to demonstrate to the world that your products, processes, services, or organization meet specific criteria. Or you may require certification to be able to get into a certain market or simply because your customers expect you to. No matter your need, we are best suited to assist you in your goal.

As the leading company in certification and verification services, our team has a global perspective and local expertise. With more than 20 years working with the organic industry, Control Union has partnered with many companies to meet their sustainability challenges head-on. We are your trusted partner.

Organic Standards Certification

Organic is a term (also known as Ecological or Biological) that indicates that the food or other agricultural products have been produced and are certified according to an Organic Standard.

The principles of Organic Production covered respect for ecosystems and animals, maintenance of biodiversity and conservation of soils, avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs, and ban to use genetically modified organisms.

Organic Production Standards are mainly formulated as National Regulations, such as the European Union Regulation 2018/848, and the United States of America National Organic Program (NOP-USDA). There are also some private organic standards that “complement” the national ones, such as Bio Suisse (Swiss market) and Krav (Swedish market).

In general, any business directly involved in the production, processing, handling, and trading of an organic product can be certified.

Control Union offers the certification service for the most recognized organic Standards worldwide. With more than 250 organic experts, we are ready to support you to reach your goals.

The principles of Organic Production covered respect for ecosystems and animals, maintenance of biodiversity and conservation of soils, avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs, and ban to use genetically modified organisms.

Organic is a term (also known as Ecological or Biological) that indicates that the food or other agricultural products have been produced and are certified according to an Organic Standard.

Organic Production Standards are mainly formulated as National Regulations, such as the European Union Regulation 2018/848, and the United States of America National Organic Program (NOP-USDA). There are also some private organic standards that “complement” the national ones, such as Bio Suisse (Swiss market) and Krav (Swedish market).

In general, any business directly involved in the production, processing, handling, and trading of an organic product can be certified.

Control Union offers the certification service for the most recognized organic Standards worldwide. With more than 250 organic experts, we are ready to support you to reach your goals.

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Guatemala Organic

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Brazil Organic

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BIO Suisse

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Naturland

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INPUTS For Organic Farming

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JAS Organic

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One-Stop-Shop Services

Through an understanding of your needs and the challenges to faces, Control Union has developed and approach to assist you meet your ever-growing sourcing requirements. Whether related to sustainable food and feed, or social compliance concerns, a tailor-made service is developed that best suits what you need.

The development of a one-stop-shop approach has enabled Control Union to link services together, allowing you to leverage your investments in sustainability programs through a bundling system.

This reduces costs, while offering the greatest added value to your stakeholders sustainable initiatives.

By using multi-trained auditors, Control Union can reduce the audit fatigue faced by companies seeking to maintain multiple programs.

With more than 132 certification programs to offer, please find the organic industry preferred additional ones:

How to get started

Request an organic certification service

The first step is to contact us at organic.americas@controlunion.com, where we will be able to set up a call to directly discuss the specific nature of your certification needs.

Receive the offer letter

Once we have your application(s), we will provide you with an offer letter that will indicate the price and scope of your certification.

Accept the offer and complete an Organic System Plan (OSP)

After accepting the Offer, you need to prepare an Organic System Plan (OSP) which describes how your farming, handling, trading and/or processing practices and procedures meet organic standards. Control Union has developed OSP forms to help you understand the requirements of the regulations.

Submit your OSP and get your audit plan

Control Union will review your submitted OSP. After the OSP approval, we will contact you about setting up dates for your audit. Once an auditor is assigned, an agenda and audit plan will be sent. At the close of your audit, the auditor will indicate if any issue of concern has been found and inform you about the process and deadlines to submit corrective actions.

Audit review

Your audit results will be reviewed by a secondary person, called the certifier, who ultimately decides whether certification will be granted. If you had corrective actions to send, these need to be submitted within the deadlines.

Get your certification!

If the results of the certification process is in compliance with the regulations and CU procedures, you will be contacted to receive your certification. If the results were not satisfactory, we will inform you what are your options.

About us

We are a family owned, non-listed company with a long-term vision. Control Union Certifications is one of the divisions of Peterson Control Union Group.

With its foundation in agriculture, Control Union Certifications has focused its efforts in developing services around the sustainability of the industry’s supply chains which feed into the food, feed, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, social compliance and textiles markets.

2020 is the year we celebrated Peterson and Control Union completing 100 years of being in business and making a difference in the world.

We were honored and privileged awarded Royal Designation from Dutch Monarch, King Willem-Alexander, to mark us celebrating 100 years of business.

Royal Designation is a distinction that can be granted to companies to symbolize the respect, appreciation, and trust towards the recipient. Not every company comes into consideration for Royal Designation, and it is not an award that is automatically given to companies who reach 100 years of business.

FAQ's

Can I make changes during the year to
my organic certification?

Yes, you can make changes to your certification however you need to inform your local office before any new sites, processes or products are added. The local office will determine if an additional assessment (desk review or on-site audit) is needed. Costs will be incurred to make changes to your certificate.

Will I be able to request Transaction Certificates (TC)?

Yes, one you are certified and receive your certificate, you will have access to request transaction certificates (sometimes also called Import Certificates or Certificate of Inspections). You will have an online account which will enable you to request transaction certificates through our Client Portal System.

How long does it typically take from start to finish when requesting organic certifications?

The process will vary depending on several factors, these include how many sites and products will need to be included in your certification process (called the scope), how long it takes you to complete the Organic System Plan, how long it takes you to correct (if any) issues of concerns (non-compliances), and the availability of auditor(s). However, to provide some idea it can be range from 3 to 4 months.

We recommend that certification applications are submitted 3-4 months prior to organic harvest, projected sales, or other company deadlines. If you have a short certification time frame, we provide expedited services to meet your needs.

How long is my certificate valid for?

In most of the cases, Organic Certificates have a validity of one year. If there are any changes to your scope during the year, you need to notify your local office so that they can determine whether an additional assessment is needed. Your local office will contact you in the months prior to your next audit to ask if there are any changes to your certification scope and in your Organic System Plan.

Are there costs for the transaction certificates?

Yes, there are fees associated with requesting a TC. The fees will vary by region/country and by organic standard. Please note that the issuance of TCs will take in average 3-5 days. Your local office can assist you as to the timing of issuance. We also provide expedited services for the issuance of TCs.

How much does it cost?

The price will be determined by the local office in your region/country. This is determined by what is included in your audit, i.e.: number of sites, products, and processes.

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