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  Certification First Steps

* Read the Standards applicable to your operation
* Critically appraise your operation
* Talk it over with NASAA staff
* Make an application

There are three elements, which are inextricably linked in the certification process: People, Land and Product. It is the combination of the three, linking into an organic management plan, that signifies the legal bounds of the certified operation – any change in ownership, sale of property or relocation, or change in product harvested and manufactured will require a change in the registration of the certified operation.

The process of Certification will differ, dependent on whether you are a Primary Producer, involved in Manufacturing and Distribution or Retail trade.

NASAA Standards

The NASAA Standards are your guide to achieving certified organic status, and include:

The NASAA Organic Standard Primary Producers
(incl. Biodynamic), Input Manufacturers, Processors, Packers, Wholesalers, Transporters, Exporters
The NASAA Organic Trader Standard Retailers, Restaurants, Markets

It is essential that you read through the relevant standards applicable to your operation before submitting an application for certification. *Contact the NASAA Office to request your hardcopy.

Application and Questionnaire

Making an application is easy. After reading the NASAA Standards, simply fill out the certification application form relevant to your operation, and you're on your way to Certification!

Make an Application

In addition to submitting an application form, you will be required to fill out a Questionnaire outlining your organic management/handling plan, and to sign a Statutory Declaration in relation to the current activities and management of the operations for which you are seeking certification. There are several relevant Questionnaires dependent on your focus of operation: Organic Management Plan (Primary Production), Organic Handling Plan (Manufacturing & Distribution), Organic Handling Plan (Input Manufacturing), Trader Questionnaire (Retail) or Trader Questionnaire (Market).

Inspection Process

Upon receipt of your application and questionnaire, you will receive a letter of confirmation from NASAA, naming an inspector who has been allocated to inspect your operation. Inspections are subcontracted to a wide network of professional, independent and NASAA trained -organic inspectors- spread across Australia and South East Asia.

The role of the inspector is to assist in the regulation of operations under certification, to ensure compliance with NASAA Standards. NASAA conducts both announced and unannounced inspections to ensure that operations are run in accordance with Standards. These inspections may be conducted with representatives from accrediting organisations AQIS, IFOAM, JAS and USDA in attendance.

The inspection will include a physical look at the operation, as well as a review of all record keeping. The inspector may take soil or tissue samples for chemical/residue analysis and will note issues such as how you manage your operation in accordance with the Standards, any contamination risks or other potential problems.

Inspection reports will then be reviewed by NCO's Certification Officer, and a decision made in relation to certification.

Review of Inspection Report

NCO has a team of technically competent & trained certification officers who make decisions in relation to applications for, and the continuation of, Certification.

The certification officer will review the inspection report, communicate any relevant non-compliances, assess the responses to non-compliances & inform the outcome of the assessment. This also includes any ongoing conditions of your certification.

(Applicants to certification have the right to appeal, in writing, any part of the contract offer by NASAA).

Transfer of Certification

Where advantageous to the operator, NASAA will assist facilitate transfer of an existing organic certification to NASAA certification. The process requires the forwarding of key documentation including a current certificate of registration and farm map/plan. Contact NCO for further details of the process of transfer or refer to the information sheet.

NCO Fees & Charges

NASAA's fees are competitive, with a pricing structure which serves to underpin the provision of the certification service, facilitating access throughout the world for NASAA certified product.

Our fee structure comprises an initial application fee and inspection deposit, and annual charges and levy payment system where applicable. Refer to our Fee Schedule for further detail on applicable certification costs.

Further Information

Download your copy of the application pack 'IntoOrganics', providing all the information you need to get started in Organic Certification! Alternatively, contact the NASAA Office to request your hardcopy.

Steps to Certification - Primary Production
Steps to Certification - Manufacturing & Distribution
Steps to Certification - Retail

Make an Application.

  "Organic certification is a confirmation of our practices as it ensures that we are using the right production methods for the raw ingredients."

Tony Walker, Jurlique Herb Farm Manager

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