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
- 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
- Registration for this event is closed. Thank you!
- 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! Order Number First Name * Last Name * Email Address * Questions/Comments *
- 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.
- October 23 - 25, 2019 Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center
- 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 …
- 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 …
- The 2019 Annual ACA Training was held in Greenville, South Carolina, January 29 – 31. The three-day event, which was originally scheduled as a two-day training to be held in conjunction with the National Organic Program (NOP), turned into a three-day event after the NOP announced their need to cancel as a result of the partial government shutdown. A big thank you to all who participated, especially those ACA members who stepped up to provide additional training material on short notice. Thank you also to Jennifer Tucker, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, who joined via webinar on her …