NASAA certifies a growing number of organic operations outside of Australia, including production and processing operations (comprising over 12,500 small growers) in Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Samoa and the United States.
NASAA's international accreditation ensures the acceptance of products into various markets throughout the World - including the EU and US - with certification services provided outside Australia for:
* Individual Operations
* Grower Collectives
* Certified Product/s entering Australia (Re-certification).
While the process of Certification is similar to that of Australian operators, there are some key differences as operators outside Australia do not fall under the accreditation provisions of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). We encourage our international readers to view the National Steps to Certification as a general guide in conjunction with the specific information provided on this page.
Certification of an Individual Operation
NASAA provides offshore certification services across the supply chain - from primary producers, to manufacturers, exporters and retailers. The process of certification is consistent with Australian-operator requirements excepting primary production.
In Australia, all primary producers entering organics are required to undertake a preliminary year in pre-certification, at the commencement of which conventional farming methods and inputs are phased out and converted to organic practices; and during which product is unable to be sold with reference to 'organic'.
Operations based outside Australia, however, can move into 'conversion to organic' following inspection and review, provided that evidence is given to substantiate that at least twelve months have elapsed since the point of last application of a prohibited input.
Operators must demonstrate the management of operations in accordance with requirements set out in the pdf NASAA Organic Standard (721 KB), in particular ensuring that a documented Organic Management Plan is in place.
Taking into account past land use and practices employed, the 'in-conversion' period may be further shortened where operators can demonstrate compliance with the requisite Standards over several years. Full certification may be granted in some cases where compliance has been demonstrated over a significant period - at least three years.
As NASAA services are primarily delivered in the English language, it is essential that applicants are conversant in English (or have access to translation services) to ensure that certification requirements and procedures are fully understood. NASAA offers assistance through providing a concise outline of Standards requirements for effective language translation.
Certification of Grower Collectives
Many overseas operations, particularly within developing nations, run grower group schemes, which typically comprise a parent marketing or development company working with village-based growers.
Central to the certification process is the examination of the management systems of the parent company. The NASAA inspection process is reliant on the existence and maintenance of an auditable, central Internal Control System (ICS), where individual contracts with all registered growers are recorded and managed by the parent body in accordance with the requirements of the pdf NASAA Organic Standard (721 KB). Forming part of this system, documented records of annual inspections conducted by the parent company are required for all registered growers.
The process of certification includes an examination of the central ICS and inspection of a proportion of these registered growers through a physical site visit, contracted to a number of international organic inspectors possessing experience in both the country's crops and cultural techniques. Site inspections will be conducted in all cases where individual landholdings are in excess of 5 ha in total farm size.
The period in which full certification may be granted will take into account and recognise that farming practices and methodologies may have been operating in accordance with the pdf NASAA Organic Standard (721 KB), particularly where modern, conventional farming methodologies have not been extensively employed.
It is important to note that NASAA must certify all elements of the supply chain from production to processing, transport, handling and export.
Re-certification of product entering Australia
With a plethora of organic certifying bodies in operation around the world, international operators and domestic processors and wholesalers may import/export finished product to Australia, which has not been certified under the NASAA Certification program.
Recognising the value of the NASAA label in the Australian marketplace, such operators may choose to have the final product recognised and relabelled as NASAA Certified.
Product Acceptance is the formal recognition by NASAA of the certification of another organisation, which effectively permits the use of the NASAA Label on product not primarily certified with NASAA.
For exporters of organic product to Australia, the presence of an Australian importer certified by NASAA is fundamental in facilitating the process of Product Acceptance - as the application of the NASAA Label must fall under the inspection and certification of NASAA, including all relevant costs.
NASAA's fees are competitive with a pricing structure, which serves to underpin the provision of the certification service, facilitating access throughout the world for NASAA Certified product.
Contact the NASAA Office for a copy of the Fee Schedule for further details on applicable certification costs.
Our standard fee structure comprises an initial application fee and inspection deposit along with annual charges and where applicable a levy payment system (dependent on the nature of the project, consideration would be given to the removal of the variable levy and the setting of a higher per diem annual inspection rate).
Inspection costs are apportioned and include travel and accommodation (costs may be lowered where local accommodation and travel are coordinated by the operator).