About OCIA

Global Market Access

OCIA's Multiple Accreditations = International Selling Power

Certification & Verification Programs

OCIA offers certification to the following programs:

Japan Agricultural Standards (JAS)

OCIA has Registered Foreign Certification Organization (RFCO) status from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. This means expanded marketing opportunities to Japan for your products.

United States National Organic Program (NOP)

Want to sell your organic product in the US? OCIA has the NOP-accredited organic certification services that you need to succeed!

Quebec Organic Reference Standards (Quebec)

OCIA’s CAEQ accreditation puts Québec’s thriving organic market at your fingertips!

Canada Organic Regime (COR)

OCIA's COR accreditation ensures standards are met by the Canadian government, helping you succeed in the Canadian Market.

Verification Programs

OCIA can verify your product as organic to these international standards and organic equivalency arrangements:

Equivalent European Union Organic Production Processing Standard for Third Countries

This standard and OCIA's policies and procedures have been found equivalent by the European Commission to the EU 834/2007 & the 889/2008 regulations. Verification to this program will allow your organic product to be exported to any EU member state.

JAS Equivalency

This is a verification that OCIA performs for certified operators located within the United States to verify that Lignin Sulfonate (used as a flotation device) and Alkali-Extracted Humic Acid have not been used in the growing, or manufacture of their product. JAS Equivalency allows for NOP certified product to be exported to Japan, providing the applicant will be shipping to a JAS certified importer that is willing to affix the JAS Seal in Japan, or be processed by a JAS certified processor/manufacturer in the United States. This is required for issuance of a USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Certificate (AMS or TM-11 Form) of export.

US-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement

The United States and Canada have an organic equivalence arrangement. This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic operations certified to the USDA organic or Canada Organic Regime standards may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries. The equivalency arrangement is only available for operations certified to either the NOP or the COR.

Bio-Suisse

Bio-Suisse, based in Switzerland, is a certifier much like OCIA. They certify to several different programs such as the Swiss Ordinance of Organic Farming and to their own set of standards. OCIA facilitates certification for their members to Bio-Suisse, but does not make the final decision. An additional application form must be completed to apply for Bio-Suisse.

Swiss Ordinance of Organic Farming

This is a verification to the minimum standard for organic production in Switzerland. This verification is required for import to Switzerland.

UTZ Certified

This is an international sustainability program for coffee, cocoa, and tea. Verification to this program helps improve the standard of living for many organic and sustainable farmers.

Smithsonian Bird Friendly

This program is exclusive to coffee growers as a collaborative effort between OCIA and the Smithsonian Institute that promotes bird conservation, healthy environments, and biodiversity.

Shade-Grown Coffee

A value-added program for certified organic coffee producers, which encourages shade-grown practices to promote biodiversity, natural habitat, and minimize deforestation of coffee ecosystems.