Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies


The BAFS’ official accreditation is issued to third-party certification bodies as recognition prior their provision of inspection and certification services for organic agriculture.


Office or Division:

Organic Agriculture Division (OAD)

Classification:

Highly Technical

Type of Transaction:

G2B—Government to Business Entity

Who may avail:

Certification Bodies

CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS

WHERE TO SECURE

1. Application Form (2 original)

OAD-Accreditation Section

2. Organizational Profile (1 original)

Client

3. Certified True Copy of SEC Certificate of Registration together with the Articles of Incorporation and latest by-laws (1 photocopy)

Client or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

4. Hard or Electronic Copy of Operations Manual including procedures and checklists

Client

5. Signed List of Inspectors with their approved scope/s

Client

6. List of certified operators under the applicable Philippine National Standard (PNS) for Organic Agriculture, for renewal only (1 original)

Client

7. If accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, Certified True Copy of the ISO/IEC 17065 Accreditation Certificate (1 photocopy)

Client or Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB)

Client Steps

Agency Action

Fees to be Paid

Maximum Processing Time

Person Responsible

1. Submit requirements to the OAD- Accreditation Section for review of completeness

1. Review Application for veracity of submitted requirements

None

2 Hours

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

2. Issue Acknowledgment Receipt

1 Hour

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

3. Issue notice of audit

None

1 Day

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

2. Sign or signify conforme in the notice of audit, allowing BAFS to conduct assessments

4. Conduct Office Audit upon receipt of the conformed notice of audit

None

3 Days

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

5. Conduct Witness Audit (1-7 scopes)

None

21 Days
(3 days/scope)

Section Chief
OAD-Registration Section

3. Resolve or close findings during assessments (Non- compliances)

6. Review and assess correction and corrective action plans and its effective implementation (Assumption:3 times client submission)

None

15 Days
(5 days/client submission)

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

7. Prepare and submit Assessment Report to NCOA-OCB for evaluation

None

3 Days

Division Chief
OAD

4. Receive the Official Accreditation Certificate from the OAD- Accreditation Section, and sign the Terms and Conditions (at the back of the Certificate)

8. Issue the Official Accreditation Certificate upon signing of BAFS Director

None

1 Hour

Section Chief
OAD-Accreditation Section

TOTAL:

None

44 Days, 2 Hours

Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies is covered under R.A. 10068 and qualified for multi-stage processing.