The Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) strives to ensure consistent implementation of USDA Organic Regulations through collaboration and education of accredited certification agencies.

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 uses 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.


We envision a world in which the USDA Organic label is always trusted and valued.

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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. The ACA Coordinator is Meagan Collins.

Current Board of Directors members are:

PositionNameOrganizationTerm #Term Length
ChairConnie KarrOregon Tilth Certified Organic1April 2020- April 2023
Vice ChairJen BerkebilePennsylvania Certified Organic2April 2021- April 2024
TreasurerElizabeth FigueredoQuality Assurance International, Inc.1April 2020- April 2023
SecretaryAmber PoolCCOF Certification Services2April 2019- April 2022
DirectorSam WelschOneCert International (p) Ltd2April 2019- April 2022
DirectorBeth RotaQuality Certification Services2April 2019- April 2022
DirectorRyan BurnetteKentucky Department of Agriculture1April 2020- April 2023
DirectorGeorgana WebsterMontana Department of Agriculture1April 2021- April 2024
DirectorJeff StearnsOklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry1April 2021- April 2024


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