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The Canadian Organic Standards have been revised and updated and the new standards are being launched November 25, 2015. To ensure operators, producers, processors, certifying bodies, and verification officers are up to date on the revisions, COG is pleased to offer informative webinars - Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards - an Essential Update. The first round of the webinars have been successful and well attended.

 

The webinars are recommended for operators whose products are currently certified to the Canadian Organic Standard, independent organic inspectors, and the personnel of certification bodies and conformity verification bodies who require a knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standard to carry out their work. The cost of each webinar is $25 (tax included) but is FREE for ACORN members.

 

Dates and times (please note all times are listed in Eastern Time):

Friday, November 6 3:00PM Eastern - Crop Production presented by Maureen Bostock REGISTER HERE

Friday, November 13 11:00AM Eastern - Livestock Production presented by Anne Macey REGISTER HERE

Friday, November 20 11:00AM Eastern - Preparation Including Processing presented by Rochelle Eisen REGISTER HERE

 

Tuesday, February 2 - 8:00PM ASTCrop Production presented by Maureen Bostock REGISTER HERE

Thursday, February 4 - 8:00PM AST - Livestock Production presented by Anne Macey REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, February 9 - 8:00PM AST - Preparation Including Processing presented by Rochelle Eisen REGISTER HERE

 

DRAFT copy of Organic Production Systems General principles and management standards

DRAFT copy of Organic Production Systems Permitted Substances Lists

 

Part One: Crop Production

The first webinar in the series will examine the changes to the crop production components of the two standards.  We will also discuss changes to specialty crops: maple, greenhouse, sprouts, mushrooms and wild-crafting where applicable.  Changes to Tables 4.2 & 4.3 of the Permitted Substances List will be reviewed.  The webinar is primarily directed towards crop producers but would also be of interest to people involved in any level of the organic regulatory system.

 

Part Two: Livestock Production

The second webinar in the series will focus on the changes to the livestock production standards including changes to the Permitted Substances Lists for livestock feed and health care products.  The standards for beekeeping and honey production will also be reviewed.   The webinar will be of interest to livestock producers and people involved at any level of the organic regulatory system.

 

Part Three: Preparation Including Processing

The third webinar in the series will examine the changes to the preparation components of the two standards. Preparation includes, with respect to an organic product, the maintenance of organic integrity during post-harvest handling, manufacturing, processing, treatment, preservation, and slaughter. Changes to Sections 6 and 7 of the Permitted Substances Lists will be reviewed. The webinar is primarily directed towards anyone handling organic products as well as processors, but would also be of interest to people involved in any level of the organic regulatory system.

 

For more information or to register for the webinars please visit our website or contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 1-888-375-7383.

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