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

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training for Organic Certifiers and Inspectors

    We recognize that access to the organic and “good food” movements, and to organic certification has not been equal across all communities and groups. Systematic racism has kept our movement from reaching its full potential.   We recognize that the organic community needs some basic training for certifiers, inspectors, technical assistance providers, farmers, and staff at organic educational organizations. Organic Farmers Association (OFA), the National Organic Coalition (NOC), IFOAM North America, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA), and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) have been collaborating on a project, supported in part through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, …
  • History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic Webinar

    Please join us Wednesday, December 8th, from 2 to 3:30 pm ET for a webinar on the History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic. This webinar, presented by Cambium Collective, LLC, will provide an overview of systemic racism in organic agriculture systems, data on current demographics surrounding organic farmers, consumers, and service providers, and existing policies contributing or remediating discrepancies.  Learn more & register here>> https://organicfarmersassociation.org/dei/  
  • Register for the NOP/ACA Training!

    Date Time Event January 24, 2022 12:00-5:00 pm ET USDA National Organic Program Certifier Training January 25, 2022 12:00-5:00 pm ET USDA National Organic Program Certifier Training January 26, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 7, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 8, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 9, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA   The NOP training is only open to USDA NOP Accredited Certification Agencies (their staff and contract inspectors) and the ACA training is only open to organic certification agencies …
  • ACA and NOP Professional Development Events Save the Dates!

    The 2022 ACA Annual Training will be held virtually via Whova.  The details of the training are as follows: Date Time Event January 24, 2022 12:00-5:00 pm ET USDA National Organic Program Certifier Training January 25, 2022 12:00-5:00 pm ET USDA National Organic Program Certifier Training January 26, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 7, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 8, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA February 9, 2022 12:00- 5:00 pm ET Training Sessions for ACA   Click HERE to register!
  • Register today for NOC’s Virtual Pre-NOSB Meeting on October 26

    Join Organic Farmers Association (@OrganicFarmersA), International Organic Inspectors Association (@margaret.scoles.3), and the Accredited Certifiers Association for conversations about urgent and challenging issues impacting the organic community. #Organic #NOSB Register and learn more here >> https://www.nationalorganiccoalition.org/events The Pre-NOSB meeting serves as a public forum for diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the most urgent and challenging issues impacting the organic community.  The virtual meeting will include updates from organic farmers, a DC organic policy update, information about petitions and materials that are under review by the NOSB, and breakout rooms to discuss specific topics in depth. Breakout room topics include: organic …

Latest News

  • History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic Webinar Recording Available!

        Please check out our Resources page to view the recorded webinar! Click Here!
  • 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 …