When sourcing ingredients you will need to ensure suppliers are organically certified.
Your direct suppliers (including wholesalers and traders that sell pre-packed certified goods) must hold their own organic certificate for the products they will sell to you. If correctly certified, your supplier will be able to provide a valid organic certificate and product schedule listing the products they are certified for. The company name on the certificate should match your supplier’s company name.
This is also applicable to companies who undertake any contract processing, labelling and packing of products.
If you are looking for a supplier of a particular ingredient, or a certified subcontracted manufacturer or storage site, you can ask us for a list of companies we certify who might be able to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your requirements.
Suppliers Approval Guide
This guide covers how to check whether a supplier is correctly certified, what you need to look for on their organic certificate, plus when you will need to check with us and submit the supplier for approval. PDF, 2.1MBDownload
Template for recording checks of your suppliers’ certificates
Soil Association standards require that you verify the certification documents of your suppliers and check that they i) identify your supplier, ii) cover the type or range of products you are purchasing, and iii) are valid at the time you are making the purchase. You must make a record of these checks. This template provides a document to manage these checks and demonstrate them to your inspector. MS Word Doc, 52KBDownload