The United States has a recognition agreement with India. Recognition agreements allow a foreign government to accredit certifying agents in that country to the USDA organic standards. These foreign certifying agents are authorized to certify organic farms and processing facilities, ensuring that USDA organic products meet or exceed all USDA organic standards. These products can then be imported for sale in the United States.
Certifying Agents Through Recognition Agreement
APEDA maintains this List of Accredited Certification Bodies (pdf). To identify certifying agents approved under the U.S.-India recognition agreement, refer to the “Validity of Current Accreditation” and “Scope of Accreditation” columns. Certifying Agents approved under the recognition agreement must be accredited to both the India and USDA organic standards. The scope of accreditation shown will be listed as NPOP and USDA NOP, and their current accreditation must be valid.