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A step-by-step guide to Organic Certification and the Programs offered by PACS.

If you have questions about the certification process, please visit our FAQ page or contact our helpful and knowledgeable staff.

  • 1. Apply (or renew) to PACS
  • 2. Pre-Inspection Review
  • 3. VO Inspection
  • 4. Post-Inspection Review
  • 5. Post-Inspection Follow up (if applicable)
  • 6. Certification Issued

Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification

Click on each step below to learn more about the certification process.

PACS
Programs

PACS offers a number of Organic Programs.

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.

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(Learn about Transition to Organic)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PACS Natural Health Products

In-house 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 or BCCOP logos, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.

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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 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. 

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PACS Cannabis Cultivation (Indoor and Outdoor)

In-house 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 or BCCOP logos, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.

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PACS Cannabis Processing

In-house 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 or BCCOP logos, and are not eligible for international equivalency arrangements.

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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.