Updating Processing/Handling Certification Documents

Processing/Handling Certification includes, but is not limited to, cooking, baking, curing, heating, drying, mixing, grinding, slaughtering, cutting, fermenting, etc. as noted in NOP regulations §205.270(a). For NICS’s existing clients, we have changed our processing/handling Organic System Plan to a modular system. Please complete H1 Activities Checklist as this will guide you through the remaining documents to complete that are applicable to your operation and will be part of your Organic System Plan. If there are no changes to facility maps, process flow charts, SOPs, etc. these do not need to be resubmitted. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions while completing the documents. 608-637-7080 or nics@naturesinternational.com

Program/Guidance Documents:

NICS Certification Manual

National Organic Standards

NOP Handbook

You must complete the following documents to begin your certification request with NICS:

H1 Activities Checklist
A1 NICS Certification Application
A2 Organic Certification Affirmation
H13 Fee Estimate Worksheet for Processors/Handlers
H9 Recordkeeping System
H9.1 Audit Trail & Inventory Control System

Additional OSP forms are provided below. Complete as indicated from the H1 Activities Checklist.

A3 Electronic Signature Authorization
A4 Label Review Request
A5 International Arrangements
H2 Facility Information
H3 Water Sanitation
H3.1 Handler Material Listing
H4 Transportation Storage
H5 Pest Management
H6 Quality Assurance
H7 Product Composition
H7.1 Master Products Listing
H7.2 Organic Product Profile Worksheet
H7.3 Master Supplier Listing
H7.4 Commercial Availability
H7.5 Commercial Availability Search
H7.6 Nonorganic Ingredient Declaration
H7.7 Natural Flavor Declaration
H8 Packaging Labeling
H10 Excluded Handler Plan
H11 Private Label Agreement
H12 Additional Products & Services Form