Organic Food Certification

Overview 

QAI, part of the NSF International family of companies, offers organic certification services to certify every step of the organic food production chain. We provide certification services for farms, distributors, manufacturers, traders, retailers and restaurants.

The QAI website provides more information.

For more information about the scope of NSF/QAI’s organic certification services, email nsfchina@nsf.org.

 
Benefits of Certification

Independent, third-party certification of organic food systems is the foundation of domestic and international organic food trade. Our job at QAI is to verify that organic integrity is maintained.

The QAI certification program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain —from the land on which the product is grown, to the producers growing the product, to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product, to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. QAI certifies at the following levels:

  • Land
  • Post harvest
  • Distributors
  • Private label
  • Producers
  • Processors
  • Restaurants
  • Retailers
 
Why Partner with NSF/QAI?

When you choose NSF/QAI, you benefit from a widely-recognized and trusted organic seal. Our team of experienced and highly trained staff and inspectors remains current with all decisions and rule changes, and provides regular organic industry updates.

We are customer-focused and driven, providing swift, efficient service and cost-effective, fixed fees. By being part of the NSF International family, we can also bundle your food safety certification to maximize your cost efficiencies and minimize interference to your operation.

 
Certification Process

Your QAI project manager guides you through the organic certification process, which involves five basic steps, whether you produce items at the beginning, middle or the end of the supply chain.

Step 1: Application — We ask you to provide details about your organic operation that enable us to understand the scope of your operation, the procedures you follow and the products that your company processes, labels, handles and/or trades.

Step 2: Inspection — An experienced inspector conducts an on-site evaluation of your operation to verify the information on your application and assembled documentation. (An annual inspection is required to remain certified.)

Step 3: Technical Review — A technical reviewer examines all documentation associated with your operation to ensure it complies with all necessary organic regulations.

Step 4: Resolution and Notification — You have an opportunity to resolve any items during the inspection and technical review that may be unclear or don’t comply with the regulations.

Step 5: Certification and Ongoing Compliance — Once you’ve successfully completed the process, you are certified to the applicable standard. You receive a numbered certificate and can use the QAI Organically Certified mark of excellence on your compliant organic products.