Can I import organic ingredients from other countries to use in my certified organic product?

In order to use an organic ingredient in your product that is certified outside of Canada, it must meet an equivalency arrangement with the Canada Organic Regime (COR). Products grown in countries outside of Canada that are certified through the United States’ National Organic Program (NOP) will be recognized as being equivalent in Canada, provided they are accompanied by a current organic certification document, as well as a US/Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement (USCOEA) statement. Products grown in the 28-member states of the EU that are accompanied by a current organic certificate will be recognized as equivalent in Canada under the EUCOEA.

How Can I Get Certified:

Visit our How to Get Certified page and follow the step-by-step process to guide your path to successful organic certification.

Who PACS Certifies:

PACS certifies Canadian enterprises in the following industries: organic crop production, organic livestock production, organic greenhouse, sprouts & microgreen production, organic food & beverage production, organic cannabis production, organic and wild-harvested mushrooms, wild-harvest certification, maple and birch production, natural and agricultural health products. Follow PACS Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification.

Our Programs:

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products as well as to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) for certification within the clients province. PACS has an in-house certification program for agricultural health products as well as the Transition to Organic program. Read more about PACS Organic Certification Programs.