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Why should I be certified?

As a Processor why should I become certified?

The labelling and marketing of organic food and feed products is controlled by EC Regulation’s (EC) No. 834/2007 and (EC) No. 889/2008. Any person or organisation intending to produce or process organic products must be subject to an inspection and certification procedure by an approved Control Body. Anyone contravening these Regulations could be subject to prosecution by Trading Standards.

The following operations must be subject to the inspection and certification process:

  • Processing involving food preparation, prepacking and storage. This includes on-farm processing such as dairy products, meat cutting, etc.;
  • Organic products imported from countries outside the European Union, known as third countries;
  • Animal feeds production;
  • The re-labelling of products at any stage of the distribution chain;
  • Farm production, including arable and horticultural crops, and livestock intended for human consumption.

As a Farmer/Grower why should I become certified?

The labelling and marketing of organic food and feed products is controlled by EC Regulation’s (EC) No. 834/2007 and (EC) No. 889/2008. Any person or organisation intending to produce or process organic products must be subject to an inspection and certification procedure by an approved Control Body. Anyone contravening these Regulations could be subject to prosecution by Trading Standards.

The following operations must be subject to the inspection and certification process:

  • Farm production, including arable and horticultural crops, and livestock intended for human consumption;
  • Processing involving food preparation, prepacking and storage. This includes on-farm processing such as dairy products, meat cutting, etc.;
  • Organic products imported from countries outside the European Union, known as third countries;
  • Animal feeds production;
  • The re-labelling of products at any stage of the distribution chain.

Why do my products need to be certified as approved inputs

OF&G provides an Approved Inputs Scheme for products that are not organic but which could be approved for use in organic farming or processing.

Joining this scheme enables suppliers to reassure their customers that their pre-approved products can be used in organic systems and saves organic producers and processors the trouble of checking the status of the products individually with OF&G.

We have hundreds of products from dozens of suppliers which have been evaluated by our team. The online Approved Inputs directory will indicate whether there are restrictions on a product’s use or application.

As a Biofertiliser producer why should I become certified?

OF&G is pleased to have been selected as a provider of inspection and certification services to the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) for anaerobic digestion by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd.

With anaerobic digestion growing and developing as an effective form of waste management, certification for the resulting digestate allows it to be treated as a product (biofertiliser) rather than a waste that attracts disposal costs.

With a long and respected history in the inspection and certification of organic food and farming businesses, OF&G focuses on delivering an efficient and friendly service that rigorously meets the demands of the certification programme.

Hopefully you will find all of the information you need on this page. If you have any questions regarding the scheme, our team will be happy to answer them.

Why is certification necessary?

Biofertiliser produced in the anaerobic digestion process can be a useful, cost-effective and sustainable source of soil nutrients.

However, their use on the land needs to be regulated to ensure that the public, farmers, food producers and retailers can have confidence in the safety of the process.

Where digestate is produced to the British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 110 quality standard everyone can have confidence that its use as biofertiliser is safe and has been checked by an approved body.

OF&G provides the inspection and certification of biofertiliser to PAS 110 and the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol (ADQP) under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS). This is done on behalf of Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd, a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association.

To achieve successful certification, facilities producing the digestate will need to meet the requirements of the BCS with regard to inputs, processes and the biofertiliser produced.

The benefits of going through this process are that the digestate resulting from anaerobic digestion can safely be used by farmers as a good source of sustainable fertiliser.

The Biofertiliser Certification Scheme website states:

“The PAS110 for digestate, derived from the anaerobic digestion of source-segregated biodegradable materials creates an industry specification against which producers can verify that the digested materials are of consistent quality and fit for purpose. If a biogas plant meets the standard, its digestate will be regarded as having been fully recovered and to have ceased to be waste, and it can be despatched to the customer under the symbol “Bio-fertiliser”.”

As a Compost producer why should I become certified?

OF&G is pleased to have been selected as a provider of inspection and certification services to the Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd

With composting growing and developing as an effective form of waste management, certification for the resulting material allows it to be treated as a product (compost) rather than a waste that attracts disposal costs.

With a long and respected history in the inspection and certification of organic food and farming businesses, OF&G focuses on delivering an efficient and friendly service that rigorously meets the demands of the certification programme.

Hopefully you will find all of the information you need on this page. If you have any questions regarding the scheme, our team will be happy to answer them.

Why is certification necessary?

The composting of materials can provide a useful, cost-effective and sustainable source of soil nutrients.

However, their use on the land needs to be regulated to ensure that the public, farmers, food producers and retailers can have confidence in the safety of the process.

Where compost is produced to the British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 100 quality standard everyone can have confidence that its use as compost is safe and has been checked by an approved body.

OF&G provides the inspection and certification of compost to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol (CQP) under the Compost Certification Scheme (CCS). This is done on behalf of Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd, a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association.

To achieve successful certification, facilities producing the compost will need to meet the requirements of the CCS with regard to inputs, processes and the compost produced.

The benefits of going through this process are that the material resulting from composting can safely be used by farmers as a good source of sustainable fertiliser.

The Compost Certification Scheme website states:

‘Certified Quality Compost signifies that the compost was produced using an effective quality management system. This provides an assurance that the materials have a consistent quality and are safe and reliable to use. Producing Quality Compost means that there’s no longer a need for costly waste regulatory controls on its storage after dispatch and use. Quality Compost can be spread straight to land, avoiding costly & time consuming spreading deployments or registration of exemptions.’

What are the benefits?

Acoura Partnership

We work in partnership with Acoura, independent inspection specialists which means you have the reassurance of working with experts at all stages of the certification process.

Certification Officer

All of our licensees are assigned a named Certification Officer (CO). Your named CO will be your personal point of contact for any certification and inspection matters which means you can get hold of them when you need them and they will provide you with practical, experienced advice for your business.

Good Advice

Your named CO will be your personal point of contact for any certification and inspection matters which means you can get hold of them when you need them and they will provide you with practical, experienced advice for your business.

Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

OF&G were directly involved in development of the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme with REAL and have been involved from the outset.

Leading experience in certification of PAS110

OF&G has industry leading experience in certification of PAS110 and the Anaerobic Digestate Quality Protocol, certifying over 75% of UK operators.

Compost Quality Protocol scheme

OF&G were directly involved in development of the Compost Quality Protocol scheme with REAL and have been involved from the outset.

Leading Experience

OF&G has industry leading experience in certification of PAS100 and the Compost Quality protocol.

Trusted

Recognised and trusted by all the major retailers there are a rapidly growing number of processors now certifying with OF&G.

Organic is our priority

OF&G works hard to ensure that its voice is heard on behalf of you, our licensees. This means that we stay in touch with the decision-makers at the heart of the sector; we also sit on a number of key national committees, Government and EU groups making sure that the interests of the organic sector and your business are prioritised at the highest level.

Certification Officer

All of our licensees are assigned a named Certification Officer (CO). Each member of our team has on average nearly seven years direct certification experience as well as a practical industry background.

How do I become certified?

Complete the Application Form

The next stage is to return your completed Application Form to us with the appropriate fee.

Download the relevant Application Pack

If you’d like to know more about OF&G or want to apply for certification click Next to receive your application pack. This consists of

  • An Introduction to the relevant scheme
  • Technical leaflets and additional information for applicants
  • Charges sheet
  • Application Form

Download the relevant Application Pack

If you’d like to know more about OF&G or want to apply for certification click the Download button to receive your application pack. This consists of

  • An Introduction to the relevant scheme
  • Technical leaflets and additional information for applicants
  • Charges sheet
  • Application Form

Conversion Plan

Farmers/Growers are required to establish and maintain a series of documents which form the Conversion Plan. These forms will be sent to you upon receipt of your Application Form, and they must be completed and returned to OF&G in order to proceed with certification.

Undergo an Inspection

Following our assessment of your Application Form, an inspector will contact you and arrange to visit to your business and carry out the inspection. This will take from two hours for small operations, up to a full day for large complex operations.

Agree to any conditions set by your Certification Officer

The inspector will write a report, which is evaluated by your certification officer. Where it is felt necessary, conditions may be set to bring your system or process into line with the standards. These are issued on a Compliance Notice – you will have to make the necessary changes outlined and send any proof and additional information requested together with a signed copy to your Certification Officer.  If no conditions have been set or further information requested the Compliance Notice will be issued to notify you of this and it will not need to be signed and returned.

Certificate of Compliance

Once all the above stages have been completed, your business will be registered as a Licensee and a Certificate of Compliance will be issued along with a Schedule to the Certificate. The Certificate can be displayed to demonstrate to customers that your business is registered as organic or in-conversion (Farming). Businesses are often asked for a copy of the current Certificate to confirm that they are certified to produce the organic products being supplied, a copy can be kept on file. The Schedule for farms specifies the products produced and the fields that are under organic management, with their field numbers and areas, and whether organic, in-conversion or remaining under non-organic management, and the date the conversion began. Once your business has become registered as an OF&G Licensee, Defra will be notified that the process has been completed and the business will be entered onto the National Register. bioC will also list all organic businesses/certified operators within the UK.

Certificate of Compliance

Once all of the above stages have been completed satisfactorily, your business will be registered as a licensee. OF&G will inform REAL of this and request a unique registration number for your site. This will be detailed on your Certificate of Compliance together with information relating to your site and certified products. Once registered, and a Certificate of Compliance issued, your business will be listed on the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme website

Certificate of Compliance

Once all of the above stages have been completed satisfactorily, your business will be registered as a licensee. This will be detailed on your Certificate of Compliance together with information relating to your site and certified products. Once registered, and a Certificate of Compliance issued, your business will be listed on the  Compost Certification Scheme website.

Your Certification Scheme

OF&G’s Organic certification scheme

This is OF&Gs’ main inspection and certification scheme and will be relevant to the vast majority of licensees.

The programme is based on the European Organic Regulation (EC 834/2007), which forms the core of the standards to be adhered to by operators across the EU.

Additional interpretations and OF&G standards are included to expand upon areas of the EU regulation which are open to interpretation or areas not covered by that regulation including, in some cases, compatibility with farm assurance schemes and to include food processing best practices.

The full details of our organic certification scheme and its requirements are outlined in the OF&G Organic Standards and Certification Manual, which is available in full on this website.

OF&G’s highly trained and experienced Certification Officers can guide applicants through the requirements of the OF&G Certification Programme and then assess the resulting reports from our inspectors, before confirming compliance with the scheme and issuing an organic certificate.

OF&G Partnership Programme

OF&G operates a Partnership Programme which offers certification equivalent to the particular standards of Soil Association Certification Ltd.

For OF&G licensees who are approved and comply with the requirements, their products will be regarded as equivalent to Soil Association standards and as acceptable for use by Soil Association Certification Ltd licensees.

The aim of the scheme is to avoid delays while equivalence is checked on a case-by-case basis.

Compost Certification Scheme

OF&G is contracted by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association to offer PAS100 and the Compost Quality Protocol (or its equivalent in Scotland).

OF&G’s highly trained and experienced Certification Officers can guide applicants through the requirements of the scheme and then assess the resulting reports from our inspectors, before confirming compliance with the scheme and issuing a certificate. Certification Officers remain the main point of contact for established licensees with regard to the ongoing maintenance of their certification and to assist with questions and requests regarding that.

Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

OF&G is contracted by Renewable Energy Assurance (REAL) a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association to offer PAS110 and the Anaerobic Digestate Quality Protocol (or its equivalent in Scotland).

OF&G’s highly trained and experienced Certification Officers can guide applicants through the requirements of the scheme and then assess the resulting reports from our inspectors, before confirming compliance with the scheme and issuing a certificate. Certification Officers remain the main point of contact for established licensees with regard to the ongoing maintenance of their certification and to assist with questions and requests regarding that.

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