Canada Organic Regime Operating Manual
Preface

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This Canada Organic Regime (COR) Operating Manual contains policies and procedures for activities applicable to the COR. The manual provides an overview of the procedure to be followed when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Conformity Verification Bodies (CVB) enter into an Agreement, as well as the procedure to accredit certification bodies (CB) and to certify organic products. The goal in producing this manual is to provide a structure so that services are delivered in a consistent and efficient manner.

The Organic Products Regulations (Regulations) were made pursuant to section 32 of the Canada Agricultural Products Act. The purpose of the Regulations is to establish a system by which the CFIA, as the competent authority in Canada for organic products marketed in interprovincial, export and import trade, shall regulate the use of the "Canada Organic" agricultural product legend (Legend) and organic claims.

The Regulations would facilitate international market access, provide more specific protection to consumers against deceptive and misleading labelling practices, through a uniform approach to organic product certification and labelling, and support further development of the domestic market. The need for a federal regulatory regime has been identified and supported by the Canadian organic industry.

The COR CFIA envisions reviewing and amending the COR Operating Manual every five years. The CFIA might decide to review the COR Operating Manual earlier in cases of outstanding findings from peer reviews, changes to the current Organic Products Regulations or International requirements.

Should there be any discrepancy between the COR Operating Manual and the Regulations, the Regulations shall take precedence.

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