Organic Standards, Directives & Manuals

Welcome to the PACS organic resource and information directory.  Use this page to access and download organic industry standards and regulations and submit input inquires. 

ORGANIC STANDARDS & DIRECTIVES ORGANIC MANUALS INPUTS

 

If you are ready to learn more about PACS step-by-step process to organic certification, please visit our Learn page or contact us directly.

Organic Standards,
Directives
& Regulations

Understanding the Canadian Organic Standards is critical in maintaining organic compliance.

Standards
National & Provincial Guidelines

Use the links below to download Canadian Standards Handbooks below. To access copies of the BC Certified Organic Program manuals, please go to COABC’s website.

COR Standards & Regulations

GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND MANAGEMENT STANDARDS
CAN/CGSB 32.310-2015 (Amended March 2018)

This is the basic guideline for all forms of organic production, including crops, livestock and processed (prepared) organic foods.

 

PERMITTED SUBSTANCES LISTS
CAN/CGSB 32.311-2015 (Amended March 2018)

This is the government-approved list of substances that can be used in the production of organic products of all types. It does not include Brand Name products but, rather, individual substances. Products (inputs) must always be approved by PACS prior to use.

 

AQUACULTURE – GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND MANAGEMENT STANDARDS
and PERMITTED SUBSTANCES LISTS CAN/CGSB 32.312-2018

SAFE FOOD FOR CANADIANS REGULATIONS,
PART 13 - ORGANIC PRODUCTS

 

BCCOP Standards & Regulations

 

BOOK 2 – THE ORGANIC MANAGEMENT STANDARDS
for the BC CERTIFIED ORGANIC PROGRAM (BCCOP)

 

Equivalency Arrangements

Use the links below to understand the requirements for importing and exporting organic products with the trading partners.

Costa Rica

European Union

Japan

Switzerland

United States

CFIA
Memos & Directives

The CFIA periodically releases Memos and Directives which provide supporting information to the COR Operating Manual and/or Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – Part 13 (previously Organic Product Regulations (OPR))  Please use the link below to see the the most current releases.

Guidance Documents

Organic Production
& Operator Manuals

Manuals
Organic Operators

Use the links below to download the Canada Organic Regime Operation Manual. 

PACS clients may contact our office to request copies of the following in-house manuals which outline the programs offered by PACS and the processes required for certification:  PACS Certification Procedures Manual, PACS Handbook for Organic Operators, PACS Quality Manual, Low Risk Assessment 

 

CANADA ORGANIC REGIME OPERATING MANUAL: ENGLISH

CANADA ORGANIC REGIME OPERATING MANUAL: FRENCH

This is a collection of policies and procedures that relate to organic activities applicable to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) developed by the Government of Canada.

Inputs

Organic agricultural inputs or materials are products used in food production

As a certifying body, PACS is required by the Canada Organic Regime to approve each input used by our clients. As a not-for-profit society, our certification fees are charged to our clients on a per-use basis. To save on Certification Committee time billed, it is in the best interest of our clients to provide accurate and complete information to streamline the input assessment process.

Some helpful websites that provide input review services are OMRI and Organic Inputs. Also helpful for researching specific ingredients is the Permitted Substances List (PSL).

If the input is listed on those sites, please submit a web link to the PACS office for final approval by the PACS Certification Committee.

If you find a product that is listed/has ingredients listed on the PSL, please complete this form and submit to PACS for review.

Input Inquiry Form

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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.