USDA Accreditation of the Certified Transitional Program - Withdrawn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides voluntary, audit-based verification services to the agricultural industry to facilitate the marketing of agricultural products.  In these services, AMS audits against established standards often set by a company, by industry, or a foreign government (in the case of export programs), and that standard is made publicly available to support transparency in the program.  

The National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) was initially offered as an opportunity for existing Accredited Organic Certifying Agencies (ACAs) to certify producers and businesses to a consistent transitional standard utilized by the existing ACAs.  However, after further review, AMS will not offer the NCTP at this time.  

Please send questions or comments to or contact Jeff Waite at or 202-720-4411.