Posted  25 Apr, 2018 
In: News

The Canadian General Standards Board has published the amended versions of the following standards:

Please note that the links to the updated standards have changed. These amended standards are now available on the Government of Canada Publications website. Please update your links and bookmarks with the links provided above.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA):

  • All applicants for certification, both new and old, must be compliant with the most recent version of the standards. As per section C.5.2 of the Canadian Organic Regulations, certification bodies will allow a period of up to 12 months after the publication date of the above amendments for applicant to come into compliance with any changes to the requirements. As of April 12, 2019, the implementation period ends and all applicants are required to be fully compliant to the standards.
  • No changes are required for organic products produced and certified before April 12, 2018. They remain compliant with the Organic Products Regulations, 2009, and can continue to be marketing as organic.
  • Ingredients certified as organic before April 12, 2019 that are in compliance with the previous version of the standard can continue to be used in manufacturing products certified to the new versions of the standards and will be accepted as compliant with the Organic Products Regulations, 2009.

Contact your certification body if you have any questions regarding your specific situation.

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