The Certification Process
Applicants submit an annual application with payment. The Inspection Coordinator assigns an independent third party inspector to visit and inspect the farm, ask questions, and note areas of special concern. The inspector then forwards his or her report to the Certification staff, who review all documents and grant or deny certification, or request further information.
Please note, we currently are not accepting any new body care product handlers.
(FEES DUE WITH YOUR APPLICATION)
|Annual Gross Organic Income||Base Fee|
|< $ 50,000||$ 500|
|$ 50,000 - 249,999||$ 1000|
|$ 250,000 - 499,999||$ 2000|
|$ 500,000 - 699,999||$ 3000|
|$ 700,000 - 899,999||$ 4000|
|> $ 900,000||$ 5000|
Note: inspection fees and expenses are additional and are billed separately. More details are available on OEFFA's Fee Sheet for Handlers.
We accept new applicants at any time. You are required to renew annually and the Certification Staff will send out a notice before your renewal application is due.
OEFFA Certification Policies & Procedures
OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers (including Producer/Handlers)
If you are a handler (or producer/handler) please contact the office to discuss your operation. You may email us or call. Our contact information is on the bottom of this page.
Handler/Processor Fee Sheet
LINKS TO RESOURCES
Under the National Organic Program Standards, the Certification staff is not allowed to "consult" but only to enforce the Standards. Staff from OEFFA Education are happy to answer questions about organics, transitioning, and sustainable agricultural practices. They can be reached by calling (614) 421-2022 or emailing them.
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone: 614.262.2022 Fax: 614.421.2011