Some of the information presented below is excerpted directly from the Law for Organic Products, its regulations and the Organic Production Guidelines Agreement.
What are the certification options for LPO in SCS Global Services?
SCS can perform, according to the provisions of the Organic Products Law, its Regulations, and the Agreement that regulate the organic operation developed by individuals or legal entities, which perform agricultural activities for the follow activities:
- Vegetable production
- Processing of products of agricultural and livestock activities
- Commercialization of products of agricultural and livestock activities.
What do I need to get started with LPO certification?
According to the Guidelines for the organic operation of agricultural activities The interested party in becoming an Organic Operator must have an Organic Plan from the beginning of the conversion or at the time of requesting certification, which must be updated annually and contain at least the following aspects:
- The management history, including the inputs used in the agricultural production unit for the last three years;
- The description of the activities that are currently carried out in the unit or that prevail in the operation: of plant production such as fertilization or plant nutrition, pest management; of animal production, animal feeding, among others, indicating the activities to be carried out in the conversion period;
- A program of activities containing the aspects to be changed during the conversion process, for example crop rotation, manure management, livestock management, fodder production plan, pest and disease management, environmental conditions, soil conservation, water management, including deadlines, and
- The tools and machinery used in the organic operation must be differentiated from those used in conventional farming, and when this is not possible, the tools and machinery used must be cleaned to prevent contamination before being used in organic operations.
What are the general principles of organic production?
Some of the principles include:
- Produce food of high nutritional quality;
- To interact constructively with the systems and natural cycles;
- Take into account the social and ecological impact of the organic production and processing system;
- To promote and intensify biological cycles within the agricultural activity, considering microorganisms, soil flora and fauna, plants and animals;
- Develop a valuable aquatic ecosystem promoting sustainability;
- Maintain and increase soil fertility in the long term;
- Maintain the genetic diversity of the productive system and its environment, including the protection of plant and wild animal habitats;
- Promote the rational use and appropriate care of water, aquatic resources, and the life they sustain;
- To employ in agricultural activities, as far as possible, renewable resources, making greater use of native and/or local resources, of plants or animals or other species;
- To create a balance between animal and vegetable production;
- Minimize and, as far as possible, avoid all forms of pollution;
- To progress toward a chain of production, processing, and distribution that is socially just and ecologically responsible;
- To design and manage agricultural and livestock operations in accordance with biological processes based on ecological systems; and
- Organic Production shall be linked to the soil, except in those cases in which due to the characteristics of the product or agro-ecological conditions this is not feasible. This includes, but is not limited to, the production of epiphytes, organic seed sprouts for consumption, organic seed sprouts for the extraction of chlorophyll, some fungi or for aquaculture production, among others;
What is the Organic Plan?
Organic operators seeking certification under the Law of Organic Products must indicate in their organic plan at a minimum the following:
- A Description of practices under organic methods and procedures to be performed and maintained, including the frequency with which they will be carried out;
- The list and systematic record of substances and materials used, indicating their composition, source, place used, commercial documentation available, and label of the input;
- A description of the ongoing conservation practices implemented in the units, to verify that the Organic Plan is being effectively implemented, as well as future intentions and improvements in all areas of production;
- A complete description of the registration system in place;
- A description of the management practices and physical barriers established by the operator to maintain the organic integrity of the products and to prevent the mixing of organic and non-organic products in a parallel operation; and
- Other information as required under the organic plan forms to comply with this Agreement for the organic operation's activities.
The form provided to the applicant by SCS Global Services must be completed.
How much does LPO certification cost?
Prices for SCS auditing services vary depending on the location, size, and complexity of your operation. To obtain a free quote, please contact SCS.
How long is my LPO certificate valid?
An LPO certificate is valid for one year. Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain your certificate.