How Do I Know If I Qualify?

The summary of the USDA organic standards, found on the Forms & Guidance documents page, provides an overview of what is required for organic certification. The full standards and requirements can be found on the USDA – National Organic Program website at


The full standards can also be found in PCO’s NOP Standards Manual and information on pursuing and maintaining certification with PCO can be found in the PCO Certification Manual. You can download PCO’s Certification Manual and the NOP Standards Manual.


PCO also publishes its own Materials List that can be used to help you decide whether something you are using— fertilizer, biological treatment, feed supplement, etc.— is permitted for use in organic production. The Manuals and the Materials List will be included in your Application Pack.