The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is changing their approach to organic oversight in India. The U.S-India organic recognition, which was established in 2006, is being terminated as the USDA does not have direct visibility or enforcement authority over many organic certifiers and operations in India that sell into the U.S. market. USDA has determined that a more active oversight presence in India to more directly protect organic integrity is needed at this time.
For more information see the NOP web page for India.
Transition Period: Organic operations certified by APEDA-accredited certifiers should apply for direct certification by USDA-accredited certifiers to the USDA organic standards by July 12, 2021.
Here’s how the transition will work:
- By July 12, 2021, to continue to export to the United States, current organic operations in India will need to have applied for certification with a USDA-accredited organic certifier.
- By mid-March 2021, USDA certifiers will be able to list these organic operation applicants in India in the Organic Integrity Database, to help U.S. buyers verify that a farm or business in India has applied for NOP certification.
- After July 12, 2022, USDA organic certification by a USDA-accredited certifier will be required to import organic products from India to the United States.
- APEDA-accredited certifiers may apply to NOP for direct accreditation to the USDA organic program at any time.
- Organic certifiers and operations in India are responsible for ensuring compliance to any additional Government of India export requirements, including TraceNet reporting and documentation.
If you are an organic business buying from an organic supplier certified by an APEDA-accredited certifier, communicate with those suppliers about the need to apply for NOP certification to a USDA-accredited certifier by July 12, 2021, to continue their business with you. After July 12, to continue accepting products from those suppliers, you will need to use the Organic Integrity Database to verify that any organic supplier is already certified or has applied for organic certification with a USDA-accredited certifier.
Please contact OneCert with any questions.