News from the Q | Quality Assurance International Newsletter | April 2016

Industry News

Answers to Top NOP Handler Questions

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about boiler chemicals/sanitizers and what constitutes a legal entity. > Read More

Policy Change on Corrective Action Response Extension Requests and Mediation Fees

It’s important for organizations receiving a notice of non-compliance to submit a timely corrective action response (CAR), especially now that the National Organic Program has instructed all certification bodies that CARs cannot be accepted after the operation has received an adverse action letter. QAI’s policies on due date extension requests and mediation fees are changing to manage these requirements. > Read More

Clearing the Path to Organic: A “Sound and Sensible” Approach

To help clarify what’s required for organic certification, the USDA has created a series of videos, brochures and tip sheets, including an interactive video of the road to organic certification.
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QAI Environmental Practices

We’re committed to following earth-friendly practices in our everyday business operations. See what we accomplished in 2015 with recycling, composting, zero waste lunches and reduced energy use. > Read More

What Customers Are Saying

“QAI has always provided truly exceptional, exemplary customer service. The overall experience could not be more positive. I will always speak highly of and recommend QAI.”

– Bart Slaugh, Director of Quality Assurance, Eggland’s Best

“We value QAI and would highly recommend your services to other companies in the industry.”

– Stephen Rue, Quality Control Manager, Costco Packaging

Regulatory Updates

Updates to the Canadian Organic Standards and Permitted
Substances List

The Canadian Organic Standards and the Permitted Substances Lists (PSL) have been revised. Find out about changes in areas including hand sanitizers, chlorine compounds, vitamins and minerals, microbial products and commercially available ingredients. > Read More

Changes Coming to California Organic Laws?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings to address concerns that have arisen within the organic industry in California related to the extra regulatory and financial burden operators in California face. There is also a legislative effort underway with the goal of reducing the negative impacts of the state organic law. > Read More

Get the New Version of the IACB EU Standard

The Equivalent European Union Organic Production and Processing Standard for Third Countries has been updated for the second time in 2015. Download the latest versions to verify your operation’s ongoing compliance to this standard. > Read More

In the Spotlight: Get to Know Ellery Ward

To help you get to know QAI better, we feature a QAI team member in each e-newsletter. This issue introduces Ellery Ward, Certification Project Manager. > Read More

Upcoming Events

Stop by and visit us at these upcoming events!

National Organic Standards Board Meeting
Washington D.C., April 25-27

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
New York, NY, May 12-14

Organic Confluences Summit
Washington D.C., May 23

Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days
Washington D.C., May 23-27

Natural Products Expo East
Baltimore, MD, September 21-24

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