What you need to know:
The US market for organic products is growing year by year and has become one of the main target markets for organic products. The US has trade agreements for organic products with several countries, e.g. the EU or Japan. More detailed information on the different trade agreements can be found at this link.
For more information on NOP, please visit NOP-Website.
More on the currently applicable final rule you can find HERE.
By certifying your organic products according to the NOP regulations, you are entitled to sell your products in the USA as certified organic.
NOP certification with Kiwa BCS:
Kiwa BCS conducts USDA NOP (National Organic Program) inspections and certifications in all areas of organic production, including growing, processing, and trading.
The entire food chain of an NOP certified product intended for sale in the US must be certified according to NOP regulations. This includes the raw material producers, processors and also the traders. Certification of traders only needs to be given as soon as they handle the product. Handling already includes the application of labels or repackaging of products.
For more detailed information, please follow this link.
Procedure for NOP certification:
First, you obtain a non-binding offer from us. After a positive response and conclusion of the contract, we carry out the initial inspection on your farm. For each organic inspection, a final inspection report is drawn up containing all inspection points and their results.
In order to guarantee high quality and independence in the certification process, we always work according to the four- to six-eyes principle. This means that the inspection and the certification cannot be carried out by the same personnel. After the inspection, a second expert in our office makes the certification decision on the basis of the inspection report.
If your company fulfills all legal requirements, our certifiers will issue your USDA NOP certificate. From this day on, you are allowed to export the corresponding products to the USA as certified organic.
- Access to the American organic food market - only with USDA NOP certification can you export organic goods from countries without trade agreements to the USA.
- Consumer confidence - due to the awareness and appreciation of the USDA NOP seal, customers in the USA trust products with this seal.
- Kiwa BCS is your competent and personal partner for your certification project and for all questions during the process.