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Date: May 18, 2018
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee


Questions about the use of L-Lysine


The Standards Interpretation Committee has been submitted an interpretation request by a Certifying Body accredited under the Canada Organic Regime. This request includes the three following questions 


1-Are synthetic sources of L-Lysine permitted in livestock feed?
2- Are both L-Lysine sulphate and L-Lysine HCL permitted in livestock feed?
3- What are the additional restrictions for the allowance of synthetic L-Lysine?


The SIC agrees that there is a need for clarification and, as per clause C.5.4 of the Canada Organic Regime Operating Manual, the  issue of the use of lysine shall be set aside by the accredited CBs (e.g. the nonconformity will be placed on hold) until the SIC response is drafted, submitted to public comment and posted as final.


Consequently, the two following questions that were posted in Final Q&As are temporarily withdrawn:

Is L-lysine allowed in the feed for organic birds? (80)

Is lysine, produced using a fermentation process and a specially selected bacteria synthetic or non-synthetic? Providing the bacteria are non-GE, would this form of lysine be compliant with the standard if used as an ingredient in livestock feed? (145)

Date: April 25, 2018
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee


New public comment period – April 25 to May 25 2018


  • Can urine from unmedicated individuals be added into compost which is used in organic certified production?
  • Is the soil container volume criteria outlined in 7.5.5 (32.310) applicable to containerized microgreen production (7.4)?
  • When liquid ingredients are composed of solids dissolved in added water, is the added water excluded or included in the percent organic calculation?
  • Does running a non-synthetic mineral fertilizer through an ion-exchange system render the mineral fertilizer synthetic?

Click here to read proposed answers by the Standards Interpretation Committee.

Click here to consult the report from January-February Public Comment Period

Date: April 19, 2018
Titre: The amended Canadian Organic Standards are published


The Canadian General Standards Board has published the amended versions of the following standards:


CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015, amended March 2018, Organic production systems - General principles and management standards - click here


CAN/CGSB-32.311-2015, amended March 2018, Organic production systems - Permitted substances lists - click here


To read a summary of the main modifications, click here.


Please note that Certification Bodies shall allow a period of up to 12 months after the publication date of an amendment to this standard and to CAN/CGSB-32.311 for an applicant to come into compliance with any changes to the requirements.(extract from III. Organic practices, CAN/CGSB-32.310)

Date: April 3, 2018
Titre: COS review - Call for modificating requests


The review of the Canadian Organic Standards will be launched in the spring of 2018.


The standard review process is based and transparency and consensus that involves industry consultations.

The industry is invited to propose modifications. Any grower, stakeholder or consumer can suggest modifications


To downlaod the forms:





Date: March 16, 2018
Titre: Magazine ORGANIC CANADA SCIENCE - The Science for Producers



The Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada

are happy to present Organic Science Canada,

a magazine that describes in everyday language the 37 research activities

performed under the Organic Science Cluster II.


Click here to read the first OSC magazine!


Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee answers your questions.


Click here to see the answers provided by the Committee to questions raised by the organic sector.


Do you want to address a question to the Committee? Follow the link.

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: October 30, 2014

Local + organic -  A win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.

Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic industry—at the farmers’ market, CSA drop-off and at the restaurant back door. Many of these farmers, however, are not certified organic.


The Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification has drafted two organic certification models that aim to be attainable for a small-scale producer focusing mainly on direct sales (farm-gate, CSA, farmer’s market, etc.): the Peer Certification Model and the Organic Affidavit model. 


What do you perceive to be the strengths and/or weaknesses of these models? Which would be more appropriate for your farm?  Should either model include random third-party inspections—and if so, to what extent?

Share your perspective on OFC's Blog!

Date: September 28, 2012
How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.


Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.



Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

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