Organic Content Standard (OCS)
What is Organic Content Standard (OCS)?
The OCS applies to any non-food product containing 5-100 % organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It addresses the flow of product within and between companies, raw material verification, post-harvest processing, manufacturing, packaging and labeling, storage, handling, and shipping through the seller in the last business-to-business transaction. It allows for transparent, consistent, and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of Organic Material content claims on products by an accredited third-party Certification Body (CB).
The goal of the OCS is to ensure trust in organic content claims and uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).
The OCS certification process:
Application and contract
If you wish to apply for OCS certification, please complete the application form and return it to GCL International Ltd. head office or one of our local partner offices. We will use the application details to produce a quotation.
Once the quotation has been accepted, we will ask you to return a signed copy of the quotation and our Scheme Rules.
Preparation for the OCS initial inspection/certification audit
After GCL International has received the inspection/certification audit invoiced fee, the following documents are supplied prior to the initial inspection:
- briefing information about the OCS Standard;
- Standard/Manual and Implementation Manual;
- Document checklist;
- list of approved inputs (in case of wet processing or other units using any kind of chemicals);
- inspection report which includes inspection checklists, list of suppliers and subcontractors.
The client partially completes the inspection report (as indicated) and provides business licenses, policies and procedures, supplier certificates, etc.
GCL International will send the initial inspection plan to the client together with the OCS Logo Use and Claims Guide.
Initial inspection / certification audit
- opening meeting
- preparation of inspection report and findings
- closing meeting
Following the completion of the inspection, a report detailing the findings is provided. Subject to the closure of any nonconformances or findings (if any), a certificate with TE labelling is issued.
Whenever the client wishes to have its artwork approved, the proposed artwork and Labelling Release form shall be submitted to GCL International for approval.
- The certified client may request a Transaction Certificate by emailing us;
- Send a Transaction Certificate Request form and associated documents to us;
- If approved by us, the Transaction Certificate is issued to the client.
Re-inspection or Annual Inspection
- GCL International will communicate with the client to plan for the re-inspection and to determine if there has been any changes, such as: production units, subcontractors, recipes or new suppliers. An inspection report must be completed by the client and returned to us;
- GCL International will conduct the re-inspection;
- Following the completion of the inspection, a report detailing the findings is provided. Subject to the closure of any nonconformances or findings (if any), a certificate with TE labelling is issued.
- Application Form
- GCL Scheme Rules
- OCS Standard, v2.0
- OCS Implementation-Manual, v2.0
- CCS Standard, v2.0
- CCS Implementation Manual, v2.0
- Transaction Certificates Policy
- OCS Logo Use and Claims Guide
- Request Operator Briefing Note
For more information about OCS and its certification process please contact us by telephone or email.