It is the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP), launched by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. It provides information on standards for Organic Production Systems, criteria and procedure for accreditation of inspection & certification Bodies, use of National Organic Logo and other Regulations.
NSOP means National Standards for Organic Production, formulated by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India for National Program for Organic Production (NPOP). It includes standards for governing its Organic Production and Processes as well as the regulations for use of the National Organic Certification Mark.
Conventional farming, also known as industrial agriculture, refers to farming systems which include the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other continual inputs, genetically modified organisms, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, heavy irrigation, intensive tillage, or concentrated monoculture production.
It is a system of farm design and management to create an eco system, which can achieve sustainable productivity without the use of artificial external inputs such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Certified organic means that organic product has been certified by an accredited certification agency and the product has been produced and /processed according to National/Or International standard for organic production.
The time between the start of organic management and the certification of crops as organic.
The process of changing an agricultural farm from conventional to organic farm. This is also called transition.
Shall include the site visit to verify that the performance of an operation is in accordance with the Organic production or processing standards.
Shall mean any production where the same unit is growing, breeding, handling or processing the same products both in a certified organic and a non-certified organic system. Similarly a situation with “organic” and “in conversion” production of the same product is also parallel production.
Shall be when part of a conventional farm or unit has already been converted to organic production or processing and a part is in the process of conversion.
The Accredited Certification Bodies is responsible for certifying the Organic Food.
Organic Food is not required to be re-certified on import to India if there is bilateral or multilateral agreement based on the equivalence of standards as per National Program for Organic Production. All organic food consignments to be accompanied by a Transaction Certificate issued by an Accredited Certification Body.
There is a provision in the Regulations that all the organic products needs to be displayed distinguishable from conventional foods at the shelves. The seller of organic food either exclusively or as part of his retail merchandise shall display such food in a manner distinguishable from the display of non-organic food.
The imports of Organic Food from countries, with which bilateral equivalence agreements are there, are not required to be re-certified.
Traceability is to be maintained as required in NPOP system it is certified.
Yes, NPOP has issued the guidelines.
Your organic certificate remains valid for one year only; it has to be renewed every year.
Minimum one announced inspection shall be done once in a year. Additional inspections can be conducted whenever found necessary.
A documented quality assurance system that allows the external certification body to delegate the inspection of individual group members to a body identified from within the operators of the group.
Document issued by a certification body declaring that the specified lot or consignment of goods is derived from production and / or processing system that has been certified.