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
Certifying agencies applying for accreditation
Material review organizations
Organic community members other than certifying agencies
Certifier Certifier Discussion Group participation
Working Groups participation
Supporting Member Benefits
Working Groups participation*
Events & Resources
- ACA/IOIA/NOP Training 2021 Dates: The NOP Training will be held January 25-26. Please note the NOP training is free of charge. You must be affiliated with a NOP accredited certifier as an employee or as a contract inspector to attend the NOP training. This year the ACA training is being held in conjunction with the IOIA on January 27-28 (12:00-5:00 pm ET) and February 1-3 (see agenda). The ACA/IOIA training is only open to employees of accredited certification agencies or their contract inspectors. Cost: The ACA Training is $275 for ACA members or affiliated contract inspectors and $350 for certifiers …
- ACA/IOIA/NOP Annual Training Virtual Training on January 25-28 and February 1-3 12 – 5 pm ET More information coming soon!
- 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 …
- 6th Annual Organic and Non-GMO Forum November 9 & 10, 2020 Virtual Now in its sixth year, the Organic & Non-GMO Forum is the source for conventional food and ag businesses to learn about opportunities in the organic and non-GMO industry, and for those in the field to discuss the challenges and advantages it presents. Producers, processors, manufacturers, buyers and more convene for engaging, informative discussions on the practical issues in the supply chain and the challenges in the industry. This event, which has grown three-fold, promises unique insights from leading experts, and unparalleled networking opportunities. The 2020 Forum is brought to you …
- Registration for this event is closed. Thank you!
- The ACA is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant. This is a fully remote position for 10-15 hours/week. Please see the job announcement. We will be accepting applications until May 7, 2021.
- 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: …
- 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 …
- 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, …
- 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 …