Independent, third-party certification of organic food systems is the foundation of domestic and international organic food trade. Our job is to verify that organic integrity is maintained.
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QAI (Quality Assurance International), part of the NSF International family of companies, is a leading organic product certifying agency accredited to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) and Mexico’s Organic Products Law (LPO). Founded in San Diego in 1989, QAI is an active leader in the organic industry, advocating for high integrity organic regulations.

QAI brings organic industry knowledge and expertise to sectors such as crop production, food manufacturing, dietary supplements, personal care and cosmetics, livestock, honey, maple syrup, poultry, eggs, sea vegetables, dairy, mushrooms, hydroponics, greenhouse, distribution, retail and foodservice.

The QAI certification program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain —from the land on which the product is grown, to the producers growing the product, to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product, to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. QAI certifies at the following levels:

  • Land
  • Post harvest
  • Distributors
  • Private label
  • Producers
  • Processors
  • Restaurants
  • Retailers

Transitional Certification

QAI, part of the NSF International family of companies, offers transitional certification services for growers and producers transitioning their land from conventional farming methods to organic farming methods and for manufacturers, processors and traders dealing in food and beverage, dietary supplements, cosmetics, household cleaners and textile products.

While organic products can fetch higher prices, it typically takes three years for a farm to transition from conventional to organic and farmers are typically not compensated for the initial costs of incrementally converting their growing practices. The QAI Transitional Program’s goals are to raise awareness of this issue with consumers, provide more choices in the marketplace and allow premium pricing to be distributed down to the farms in transition.

The QAI Transitional Program not only benefits the grower, processor or trader being certified, but also benefits the environment and the vitality of the global organic market.

Some benefits to farms and companies receiving certification include:

  • Use of an on-package label if the product contains at least 51% certified transitional content by weight (not including water or salt)
  • Distribution of premium pricing down from retailer to farmer
  • Increased financial stability for farms during the transition period
  • Increased education and understanding on how to attain organic certification

NSF/ANSI 305: Organic Personal Care Products

QAI, a leading organic certification organization that is part of the NSF International family of companies, can certify personal care products to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and to NSF/ANSI 305: Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients. Products that contain at least 70 percent certified organic ingredients, but which do not meet the NOP food-focused requirements due to cosmetic industry chemical processes and production methods, can be certified to NSF/ANSI 305.

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