Eighty certifying agents are currently USDA-accredited and authorized to certify operations to the USDA organic standards. Of these, 48 are based in the U.S. and 32 are based in foreign countries. Most certifying agents are directly accredited by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). Twenty-one additional certifying agents are authorized through recognition agreements between the U.S. and foreign governments.
Each of these certifying agents is authorized to issue an organic certificate to operations that comply with the USDA organic regulations. When selecting a certifying agent, you may wish to consider the following criteria:
- Fee structure.
- Distance to your farm or business.
- Authorization to certify you to export organic products to Taiwan and Japan (pdf)
To help you find a certifying agent, we have provided the list of certifying agents by name, by U.S. state, and by country. Most NOP-accredited certifying agents may certify farms and businesses anywhere in the world. These lists provide information on locations where accredited certifying agents have recently provided certification services. Please contact individual certifying agents for more information.
- Organic Certifying Agents List by Name (pdf)
- Organic Certifying Agents List by State (US only) (pdf)
- Organic Certifying Agents List by Country (pdf)
- Organic Literacy Initiative
- Guide to Organic Certification (pdf)
- How to change certifying agents (pdf)
- List of Surrendered, Suspended, and Revoked Certifiers (pdf)
- Become an Accredited Certifier
- 2010-2011 Pilot Study: Pesticide Residue Testing of Organic Produce