Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual


The CARTV has decided that on January 1st 2012, the specification manual relating to products resulting from an organic production method includes a new reference certification manual based on the technical requirements of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). 

One standard for all organic products from Québec

The Québec Certification Reference Manual used to evaluate organic product certification applications corresponds to the National Standard of Canada for Organic Agriculture, whose requirements are published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). 

Labelling requirements designed to meet the unique Québec's needs

Furthermore, the CARTV maintains the majority of the organic product labelling requirements that the Québec organic sector has implemented since 2000. However, some were harmonized with those provided for under the Canadian Organic Products Regulations.


The fully revised Canadian Organic Standards were published on 25, November, 2015.

The full revised standards -CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015- and the Permitted Substances Lists -CAN/CGSB-32.311-2015- are available online.

General principles and management standards

Permitted substances lists


Specification Manual - PDF Documents
Version 2016. 

Part 1 : Persons to whom the specification manual applies and related obligations 

Part 2 : Transition of a crop farm to the organic production method

Part 3 : Organic Aquaculture Standards

Part 4 : Requirements for Labelling, Advertising, Display Materials and Commercial Documents

Additional Documentation

SIC - Questions and Answers - National Standard on Organic Production Systems (OFC Web Site)

Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual