Posted  17 May, 2018 
In: News

As all ‘national’ standards, the Canadian Organic Standards (COS) have to be reviewed every five years to:

  • Maintain their ‘national’ status
  • Ensure that they remain valid, applicable
  • In tune with latest research developments
  • Comparable to the standards of our trading partners

The next review of the COS (2015 version) needs to be completed by November 2020.

The Organic Federation of Canada invites you to propose modifications to the COS. Any grower, stakeholder or consumer can suggest modifications as the standard review process is based on transparency and consensus.

Please note that you need to propose your modifications using the following forms, depending on which part of the COS you are addressing:

This call for petitions is not the official launch of the review. In order to prepare the review, the Organic Federation of Canada needs to know the modifications that the industry is proposing. They will then create the Working Groups that will analyze the proposed modifications and make recommendations to the Committee on organic agriculture, the body that is responsible for the final approval of the proposed recommendations.

If you are interested in joining a Working Group, please send an email to and specify the section of COS that you are familiar with.

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