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, the Organic INTEGRITY Database (INTEGRITY) has an Organic Certifier Locator. The Organic Certifier Locator is updated regularly by the National Organic Program and its accredited certifying agents. As part of the database, it provides the most accurate information about accredited certifying agents.
Once you click the “Locator” button, INTEGRITY opens the “Certifier Locator” feature. There, you can use the drop down menus and search field to find one or more certifiers. You can use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page to move through the list or export search results to an Excel spreadsheet. For questions regarding the database, click the Contact Us link shown on top right of the page; otherwise, please contact individual certifying agents for more information.
- 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