In this FAQ section, we provide clear and concise answers to the most common questions about organic certifications.
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.
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.
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. Lo que queda definido en cada esquema es el plazo máximo desde que se realiza la auditoria y se emite el certificado.
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.