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In Québec, only certification bodies accredited by the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants can grant businesses certification of reserved designation products.

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Certification bodies

In Québec, only certification bodies accredited by the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants can grant businesses certification of reserved designation products.

In accordance with the criteria of the relevant specifications manual, businesses involved in the production, preparation, bulk sales or packaging of products carrying a reserved designation must obtain certification. This is granted further to an inspection carried out by a certification body accredited by the Conseil. 

The certification procedure includes an assessment of documents (production and/or preparation plan, inputs, labels, recipes, etc.) and an annual inspection of the site of operations to ensure that businesses involved in production or preparation activities comply with the requirements of the current standards or specification manuals. Accredited certification bodies also carry out unannounced inspections. 

Certification bodies are private businesses that must establish and disseminate a fee grid and see that certification principles are applied equitably and without discrimination to all applicants. Fees vary from one certification body to another, depending on the size of the business, the type of product and the market aimed at by the entity requesting certification. Contact certification bodies for more information about their services and their certification fees.

All certification bodies accredited in Québec are listed below. The list is divided into two sections: certification bodies responsible for the Organic designation and certification bodies responsible for other designations.

To find out about the services offered by the various accredited bodies, we suggest you consult their websites and, to obtain full details, contact them directly.

The Organic Designation

The following certification bodies are accredited to certify organic products in Québec in accordance with the Specifications for the Organic designation in Québec, which includes the following Canadian technical standards: CAN/CGSB 32.310; CAN/CGSB 32.311 and CAN/CGSB 32.312.

Ecocert Canada
4060, boulevard Guillaume-Couture, bureau 201
Lévis (Québec) G6W 6N2
Canada
ecocert.ca

Since October 23, 2008
Accreditation scope (PDF)

 

Letis S.A.
1285, Urquiza Street
Planta Alta, Rosario (Santa Fe), CP 2000
Argentina
letis.org

Since September 2, 2008
Accreditation scope (PDF)

 

Organisme de certification Québec-Vrai
5365, boulevard Jean-XXIII, bureau 200A
Trois-Rivières (Québec) G8Z 4A6
Canada
quebecvrai.org

Since October 11, 2000
Accreditation scope (PDF)

 

Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.
475, Valley Road, Box 100A, RR #3
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) S7K 3J6
Canada
pro-cert.org

Since May 31, 2006
Accreditation scope (PDF)

 

Quality Assurance International (QAI)
4370, La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 300
San Diego (California) 92122
United States
qai-inc.com

Since June 14, 1999
Accreditation scope (PDF)

 

TransCanada Organic Certification Services (TCO Cert)
618, Main Street
Humboldt (Saskatchewan) S0K 2A0
Canada
tcocert.ca

Since March 1st, 2014
Accreditation scope (PDF)

Other reserved designations

The certification body Ecocert Canada is accredited to certify the following reserves designation products:

  • PGI Agneau de Charlevoix
  • PGI Cidre de glace du Québec
  • RD Canadienne Cow Cheese
  • PGI Neuville Sweet Corn
  • PGI Québec Icewine

Are you seeking to sell organic products in Canada or abroad?

Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, it falls to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to designate accredited certification bodies authorized to certify organic products sold outside their province of origin in Canada or exported (interprovincial and international trade). Products imported into and marketed in Canada are subject to the same rules. They must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. For a list of accredited certification bodies, see the CFIA website

Since the Committee on Accreditation for Evaluation of Quality (CAEQ) of the Conseil des Appellations Réservées et des Termes Valorisants is recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as a compliance verification body under the Canada Organic Regime, any certification body evaluated by the CAEQ in accordance with CFIA criteria may be accredited by the CFIA and appear on the list of accredited certification bodies.

Two frequently confused terms: certification and accreditation

Certification is an attestation granted by a competent independent certification body to a business wishing to use a reserved designation or added-value claim for its products. The certification body ensures that specifications (standards) are being complied with by the business by means of periodic inspections.

Accreditation is a check of the activities of a certification body carried out by an accreditation body. Its purpose is to guarantee that the work of certification is done competently and impartially. Specific, standardized rules must be observed.