CERTIFIER: OneCert, Inc. (ONE)

WEB SITE onecert.com
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=60
HEADQUARTERS Lincoln, NE
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
ACCREDITED SCOPES CROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

OneCert was very transparent and open in our survey, in stark contrast to the majority of US certifiers. They do not have suspect practices in the areas of hydroponics and livestock. They have been one of the most articulate and outspoken certifiers in protecting the integrity of the organic label.

CERTIFIER STANDING: Greenlighted as ethical

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details States hydroponic operations do not comply with the soil requirements in OFPA.
Material Review In addition to the National List, they use the NOP Handbook guidance related to material review.
Fee Structure Fee schedule is included whenever someone requests a certification packet on their website.
Inspectors Inspectors must have experience, education, and training in the scope being inspected.
Imports For imports, they follow requirements of applicable equivalency arrangements plus guidance in NOP handbook.
Farm Sizes Tends to certify small and mid-sized farms.
Outdoor Access for Poultry Outdoor access has to be provided year-round and means being able to scratch in the soil with growing plants. Does not certify operations with porches as the only access.
Pasture Access Follow regulations and guidance in NOP handbook.
Livestock Alterations Tail docking is not allowed; other alterations may be approved as needed for animal welfare.
Origin of Livestock Conventional animals are not allowed for replacement animals, but transitioning conventional animals to organic is allowed when a farm is intending to increase in size.
Antibiotics in Livestock No antibiotics allowed in livestock.
Inspections Unannounced inspections are based on a combo of risk-based and random selection.
Residue Testing Residue testing is based on a combo of risk-based and random selection.
Producer Support Services Allows transitional OSP verification with or without onsite inspection to help assure compliance.