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Organic Products Regulations (2009) - Outline the mandatory regulations for organic food products that cross provincial or national borders.
Available in
French, or as a PDF (2.39MB) on page 98 of 238.

General Principles and Management Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 (Updated in June 2011) Permitted Substances List CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006 (Updated in June 2011).

Both documents can be downloaded here free of charge.
For the General Principles and Management Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 please click
here. En francais.

For the Permitted Substances List CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006 please click here. En francais.

Standards Interpretation Committee:
This elected committee provides the Canadian regulator with interpretive guidance on standards issues. SIC interpretations are subject to a 60-day comment period, at which point they are adopted by the CFIA.

Canada Organic Office Q & A
The proposed answers to questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment persion. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection(dot)gc(dot)ca

You can find previously commented/revised answers regarding national standards
here. En francais.

Questions or comments regarding the standards or SIC interpretations should be directed to the attention of the Canada Organic Office's Regulatory Standards Officer, Elizabeth Corrigan.

CGSB Organic Aquaculture Standard:
On May 10 2012, the Canadian General Standards Board published the Organic Aquaculture standard (CAN/CGSB-32.312-2012)

The new standard is not part of any regulation at this time. Accredited certifying bodies can certify to this standard, but, until it is referenced in government regulation, organic aquaculture products may not carry the Canada Organic logo. Similarly, the new national standard does not currently fall under the scope of Canadaís Organic Products Regulations or Canadaís trade equivalencies for organic products with the United States or European Union. The standard will be reviewed and amended within five years, and regulation and enforcement provisions will be sought.

The bilingual version of the Canada Organic Aquaculture Standard may be purchased online here.

For a list of suspended and cancelled organic certifications visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA website here.

Equivalency Agreements:

Canada/US Equivalency Determination Agreement- The historic agreement of bilateral recognition of the US National Organic Program and the Canadian Organic Regime as equivalents.

Canada/EU Organic Equivalency Determination Agreement- The second agreement of bilateral recognition of the European Commission and the Canadian Organic Regime as equivalents. For further information you can visit the CFIA website, or the European Comission website and download the Official Journal of the European Union.

Canada/Swiss Equivalency Determination Agreement- As of December 18, 2012, Canada has been added to the list of recognized third countries for Switzerland.

Canada/Costa Rica Equivalency Determination Agreement- On March 28 2013, the Government of Canada entered into an agreement on the trade of organic products with Costa Rica.

Approved Certifiers:
CFIA maintains the official list of approved certifiers, by country.
See the list here.

Canada Organic Office Operating Manual:
To view this manual detailing the administration and enforcement of the Organic Products Regulations, please visit the
CFIA's organic site for the COO Operating Manual.

For a look at OTA in Canada's past involvement in the development and implementation of the Organic Products Regulations Check out our
Regulations/Standards History Page.

For further information on Canada's Standards and Regulations, contact
Matthew Holmes.

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Canada Organic Trade Association.

2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012