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.
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Don't forget, we're here to help you - we can offer pre-application support from our dedicated client services team and when you apply you'll be assigned a personal Certification Officer who will work with you throughout the application and as your business grows.
How to get certified - go organic in 4 simple steps
1. The Application
First of all, you’ll need to complete an application, but don’t worry, we can help you fill it out if you’d like a bit of extra support. As soon as we have a completed application form, a signed contract and payment, we’ll contact you to arrange an inspection.
Our information packs include everything you need to apply, including a guide to certification, details of our fees and our contract.
- Farming and growing
- Farming and growing transfer (switching from another certification provider)
- Farming and growing (outside the UK)
- Fish farming
- Livestock markets
- Verified inputs
- On farm processing
- EU organic farming and growing
Timescales to achieving certification vary, but if you have a specific deadline in mind, we'll work with you to meet this deadline.
2. Organic Plan
Once we receive payment you will be assigned a dedicated certification officer, who will contact you and provide you with log in details for your on-line account. This is where you will be able to complete your organic plan in preparation for your first inspection.
Once you have completed and submitted your organic plan 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!
Download one of the conversion guides below to find out more about what's involved.
Need help with your application?
You can always contact us to ask us for more information about the certification process, so please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.Contact us
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