Apply for Organic Certification
How to apply
You’ve decided that getting certified is a good move for your business. The next steps are applying for the scheme that is right for you.
Payment windows for organic farmers
- Northern Ireland - CURRENTLY OPEN - APPLICATION DEADLINE 20 SEPTEMBER
- England - 2019 WINDOW NOW CLOSED
- Scotland - 2019 WINDOW NOW CLOSED
- Wales - NOW CLOSED -- WINDOW OPENS IN 2019
We are here to help you, we offer pre-application support from our dedicated certification team. Get in touch to discuss the certification process, organic standards, grant payments, organic market support and how it could all apply to your farm. When you apply you'll be assigned a personal Certification Officer who is an expert in your sector. They will work with you throughout the application and as your business grows.
How to get certified - go organic in 3 simple steps
1. The Application
We’ll send you the application pack which includes a step-by-step guide to certification. We’re here to guide you through the process and can offer additional support if you need it. Timescales to achieving certification vary, but if you have a specific deadline in mind, we'll work with you to try to meet this deadline.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and a member of our farmer and grower team will get in touch to guide you through the application process.
Once you have submitted your application form, certification contract and application fee we will arrange an inspection of your business. After the inspection, your inspector will give you a report and an action summary form outlining any areas where the standards still need to be met or additional information we need from you.
Following your application inspection, we will ask you to return the action summary form and additional information. Your Certification Officer will review this and once we have all the information we need we will issue you with your first certificate!
The conversion period for land is normally two years. Conversion can start as soon as we receive a completed application form.
Download one of the conversion guides to find out more about what's involved.
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Transferring from another certifying body?
We offer a discounted fee for businesses transferring from other certification bodies for the first year. Get in touch to find out more.