The Accredited Certifiers Association seeks to ensure the integrity of organic certification in the U.S. We do this in various ways:

  • We provide a mechanism for discussion and sharing of information among certification agency staff members through our ACA on-line Discussion Group;
  • We provide information and feedback to the National Organic Program
  • We provide detailed information regarding the certification process to the National Organic Standards Board in the way of comments on their Discussion Documents and official Board Recommendations;
  • We provide in depth professional development training programs for member certification agency staff.

The ACA utilizes Working Groups, comprised of those interested in specific topics, to develop our comments and information for the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board. Certification agency staff as well as approved supporting members may participate in our Working Groups.

The ACA has also developed Guidance Documents through the Working Group Process. Our comments and information, as well as guidance documents, can be found on our Policy / Advocacy page.

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ACA Administration

A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management of the Accredited Certifiers Association.

The ACA Executive Committee is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association between the Board of Directors meetings, including acting as liaison with the ACA Coordinator.

The ACA Coordinator manages the daily activities of the ACA.

Current Board of Directors members are:

Position Name Organization
Chair Kyla Smith Pennsylvania Certified Organic
Vice Chair Beth Rota Quality Certification Services
Treasurer Sam Welsch OneCert, Inc.
Secretary Connie Karr Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Directors Duncan Cox Baystate Organic Certifiers
Amber Poole California Certified Organic Farmers
Kelly Abbott International Certification Services

The ACA Coordinator is Jennifer Cruse

Follow this link to review the ACA Bylaws. Follow this link to review the Code Of Conduct.