- 1. Apply to PACS
- 2. Pre Inspection Review
- 3. Organic Inspection
- 4. Certificate Issued
- 5. Annual Review
Canada Organic Regime (COR)
Organic certification for products or packaging and labelling activities under COR, in accordance with Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).
Eligible for International and Interprovincial sales.
Eligible products certified to COR may also be equivalent to NOP (USDA), EU and other countries with equivalency arrangements; thereby being eligible to bear their organic logos.
Attestation of Compliance (AoC)
AoCs are issued to contracted service providers who conduct physical activities with respect to an organic product. Activities are conducted in accordance with CAN/CGSB 32.310 and 32.311 to maintain the organic integrity of the product. Annual inspections are required.
British Columbia Certified Organic Program (BCCOP)
Organic certification administered under the accreditation of the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC).
Operations must be located in B.C. Products may be sold with an organic claim within B.C. only, and may bear the BCCOP logo.
BCCOP Low Risk
Subject to eligibility following a risk assessment. Products may be sold with an organic claim within B.C. only, and may bear the BCCOP logo. Inspections take place every third year.
PACS ISO-COMPLIANT PROGRAMS:
PACS Low Risk
Subject to eligibility following a risk assessment for out-of-province operations. Certification to this PACS in-house program means products may not bear the COR logo, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements. Inspections take place every third year.
PACS Natural Health Products
In-house ISO-compliant certification for natural health products. If a product bears a Natural Health Product Number (NPN), OR if it makes a health claim, displays supplemental facts, or states a suggested dosage, then the product must be certified as a Natural Health Product. Products may be marketed as certified organic, but may not bear the COR logo, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.
PACS Certification for Agricultural Products
PACS offers regional certification for agricultural products to producers and processors who wish to market their products within their local region only. Products may be marketed with organic claims and operations may use the PACS logo on labels and in marketing material. While the program is based on COR standards, neither the COR logo nor the BC Checkmark symbol may be used on labels or in marketing material. Products with a PACS certification will not be recognized as organically equivalent by operations that are certified to either the COR or the BCCO programs; however, the flexibility of this PACS ISO-compliant program allows processors to use PACS-certified products (including PACS Low Risk products), and other products that PACS considers organically equivalent, as ingredients in their multi-ingredient products.
PACS Cannabis Cultivation (Indoor and Outdoor)
In-house ISO-compliant certification for the production of cannabis – either indoor (greenhouse) or outdoor (in-ground) production. Operations who are federally licensed by Health Canada as a Licensed Producer may certify their product as organic. Products may be marketed as certified organic, but may not bear the COR logo, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.
PACS Cannabis Processing
In-house ISO-compliant certification for processed cannabis products. Operations who possess a Health Canada licence for Cannabis Processing may certify their products as organic. Products may be marketed as certified organic, but may not bear the COR logo, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.