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Does IOAS provide accreditation to the organic schemes of NOP and JAS?

February 9, 2013

To date only the USDA can provide accreditation to the US National Organic Program (NOP) and only MAFF can provide accreditation to the Japanese Agriculture Standard. However access to these markets can be provided via equivalence agreements. For example a certification body operating outside of the USA and accredited by the IOAS to the Canada Organic Regime and applying relevant addition measures under the US-Canada equivalence agreement can provide access to the US market without being directly accredited by the NOP.

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