What is the purpose of this certification?
To verify that products are sold, labeled, and represented as organic were handled and processed in compliance with USDA organic regulations.
Who issues this certification?
Washington State Department of Agriculture
What activities require this certification?
Handling and processing facilities that are selling, labeling, or representing products as "organic."
How much will this certification cost?
The new application fee for all new businesses is $375, due with the new application. An inspection fee of $500 is due upon completion of the initial and annual inspection. A renewal fee, due each year on March 1, is based on the gross annual income received from organic activities in the previous year.
Where can I get the application for this certification?
The application is called 'New Application for Organic Certification
' is online and can be accessed at https://agr.wa.gov/departments/organic/new-applicant-info/apply-for-certification
Do I need to include anything with my application?
All required forms and fees listed on the new application are required to accept the application.
Complete information is available at https://agr.wa.gov/departments/organic/new-applicant-info/apply-for-certification
, or by calling our program at 360-902-1805.
How long will it take to review my application?
The time it takes to complete the certification process will depend on several factors such as: the completeness of your application, the complexity of your business, and the timing of your harvest or production date. Due to the nature and complexity of the certification process, WSDA Organic Program recommends producers apply for certification at least 3 ½ months prior to your expected harvest date. Handlers and processors should apply at least 3 ½ months prior to your plan to market organic products.
Where do I submit my application?
Application packet and forms may be sent by email to email@example.com
The fee form and check must be sent hardcopy to:
Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
Attn: Organic Program PO Box 42591 (US mail)
1111 Washington St SE (Private courier)
Olympia, WA 98504-2560
How long is my certification valid?
Certificates don't expire unless an operation surrenders certification or the agency suspends or revokes certification. In order to remain in compliance and avoid suspension, an operation must renew certification annually (Due March 1). Per USDA Guidance, an updated certificate is issued annually for compliant operations.
What is the appeal process for the certification?
USDA organic regulations include provisions to appeal certification decisions.
Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL: https://agr.wa.gov/organic
Helpdesk phone: (360) 902-1805; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject matter expert phone: Brenda Book, (360) 902-2090
Subject matter expert email: email@example.com