Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual

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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


An update of the specification manual in Québec will be published in English quite soon. For the moment, please find it in French below.

Specification Manual - PDF Documents
Version 2016. 

Part 1 : Persons to whom the specification manual applies and related obligations (in French)

Part 2 : Transition of a crop farm to the organic production method (in French)

Part 3 : Organic Aquaculture Standards (in French)

Part 4 : Requirements for Labelling, Advertising, Display Materials and Commercial Documents (in French)

Additional Documentation

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