Accredited Certifiers Association

The Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization created to benefit the accredited organic certifier community and the organic industry. We envision a world in which the USDA Organic label is always trusted and valued. Our primary mission is to ensure consistent implementation of USDA Organic Regulations through collaboration and education of accredited certification agencies. Purposes include, developing uniform criteria for implementation of the USDA National Organic Program, certifier training, support and networking opportunities and being a forum for discussion of issues impacting organic certification.

Membership Open To

Membership Open To

All accredited organic certification agencies
Certifying agencies applying for accreditation
Material review organizations
Organic community members other than certifying agencies
Member Benefits

Member Benefits

News Alerts
Educational Activities
Certifier Certifier Discussion Group participation
Working Groups participation
Voting Privileges
Supporting Member Benefits

Supporting Member Benefits

News alerts
ACA Webinars
Working Groups participation*
Sponsorship Opportunities

ACA Members

Events & Resources

  • The Organic & Non-GMO Forum November 2020

    6th Annual Organic and Non-GMO Forum November 9 & 10, 2020 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneasota or Virtually Take part in discussions on the challenges and opportunities in the organic and non-GMO industries, learn from leading experts, and grow your network.    Click here to register
  • 2020 NOP Training- Nuremberg, Germany

    Registration for this event is closed. Thank you!
  • 2020 ACA/NOP/IOIA Annual Training Registration

    The registration for the 2020 ACA/NOP/IOIA Annual training is closed. If you missed the deadline and would still like to attend, please contact us. Thank you! Email First Name * Last Name * Email Address * Questions/Comments *
  • 2020 NOP Annual Training Save the Date!

    January 27,2020- February 2,2020 Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel 105 South St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 For more information on dates/times: Click here This training is for NOP-accredited certification staff and contract inspectors. Registration links and details will be available soon.  
  • 2019 Fall National Organic Standards Board Meeting

    October 23 - 25, 2019 Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center

Latest News

  • California Wildfires

    The ACA would like to voice our overall support for all of our members who may be impacted by the wildfires in California. We know that CCOF and many certified operations in California have been directly impacted by the wildfires and the ACA would like to share ways you can help. CCOF is accepting donations to their Bricmont Hardship Assistance funds. 100% of these funds go directly to organic producers. CCOF does not take any admin fee, and any organic producer (not just CCOF-certified) is eligible for the fund. https://www.ccof.org/ccof-foundation/bricmont-hardship-assistance-fund Donating to the Bricmont Fund is easy! Donors can give in multiple ways: …
  • ACA Stands with Black Lives Matter

    The ACA is heartbroken by the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Dreasjon Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and others. Sadly, these are just the recent tragedies; countless Black lives have been lost to racist violence in the United States. We work in a food system that has exploited and unjustly treated people of color for centuries, and we recognize this as well as the harm that this system has caused. We stand in solidarity with those who are organizing to increase accountability in various institutions and those working to build a better future for …
  • ACA & IOIA COVID-19 Update and Best Practice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2020 As the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to create travel restrictions which may impact organic certification, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are today releasing an industry-wide pandemic contingency plan, Contingency Plans for Verifying Compliance When On-Site Inspections are not Possible. This “Best Practices” document, which can be found on the ACA Website, is the result of collaboration of over 125 participants, representing organic certifiers, independent organic inspectors, and other stakeholders. The ACA and IOIA’s foremost concern is the health and safety of our staff, inspectors, …
  • ACA Update on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2020   As the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to create inspection restrictions which may have an impact on organic certification, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are collaborating to develop an industry-wide pandemic contingency plan. Our foremost concern is the health and safety of our staff, inspectors, individuals at the operations we certify and their families. We are also mindful that consumers seeking organic foods need to trust the integrity of the organic label. Fortunately, there are many tools that we can use to verify organic …
  • ACA Response to COVID-19

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2020   The Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are collaborating to develop an industry-wide pandemic contingency plan. We are actively monitoring developments with Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and responding as needed to support certified operators and organic inspectors.   Our foremost concern is the health and safety of our staff, inspectors, individuals  at the operations we certify and their families. We are also mindful that consumers seeking organic foods need to trust the integrity of the organic label. Fortunately, there are many tools that we can use to …