This summer, the Organic Crop Improvement Association International
(OCIA), a worldwide leader in the organic certification industry,
is planning on offering several courses on the organic rules and
regulations of Japan Agriculture Standards, otherwise known as
The courses will focus on the production and
processing of organic agriculture and foods. JAS organic certification
allows for the export of agricultural products into Japan.
This summer, the Organic
Crop Improvement Association International (OCIA), a worldwide
leader in the organic certification industry, is planning on offering
several courses on the organic rules and regulations of Japan Agriculture
Standards, otherwise known as JAS law. The courses will focus on
the production and processing of organic agriculture and foods.
JAS organic certification allows for the export of agricultural
products into Japan.
Earlier this year, the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries (MAFF) announced major revisions to and implementation
of the new Japan Agriculture Standards (JAS) law. These changes
have a profound effect on how organic certifiers handle JAS certification
in the future. The revisions brought about some changes to the
process of becoming registered as a Registered Foreign Certification
Organization (RFCO), changes in the handling of certification files,
requirements for certification, requirements for file reviewers
and inspectors, as well as changes in labeling of JAS products.
Revisions in the law effect every level of the certification process.
Anyone certifying to the JAS organic program MUST have attended
a JAS course on the new law, or be enrolled in a JAS course prior
to submitting application for organic certification. Even those
certifying to the JAS program who have had a prior JAS course MUST
take a refresher course on the new JAS law.
OCIA will also offer several on-site JAS courses throughout the
summer. Processors or repackers need to have at least two people
attending the training.
OCIA staff is conducting JAS courses for staff, inspectors and
certified associates in Latin America in June. JAS courses on the
new law are being held in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru.
JAS courses in the US will be held at the following locations
Thursday June 22
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
RSVP to: Steve Sears
ssears7547 @ aol.com
Wednesday, June 28
1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall
502 Clark Street
Charles City, Iowa
RSVP to: Janet Pratt
janetp @ fiai.net
Tuesday, July 11
9:30 - 12:30 p.m.
JAS Training & Organic Educational Day
1060 Highway 32 South
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Hotel Telephone number: 218-681-7555
Lodging: $58.65 per night + tax
RSVP for training to: Lorri Ann Hartel
RSVP no later than July 7th
Lorri Ann's Tele: 218-253-4907
lhartel @ prairieagcomm.com
There will also be several JAS courses this summer in Canada.
The dates are to be determined. However, the locations are:
- Morrineville, AB, Canada
- Regina, SK, Canada
- Waterloo, QC, Canada
Additional JAS courses will be made available this summer. OCIA
will be providing updates on its web site at www.ocia.org.
Any one wanting JAS certification from OCIA can download the JAS
organic standards from the OCIA web site at www.ocia.org by clicking
on the link "Forms & Document" on the homepage. Type
the keyword "Standards" to get the documents.
The Organic Crop Improvement Association International, Inc (OCIA)
world headquarters is located at 6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 125,
Lincoln, NE 68507. They can be found on the worldwide Web at http://www.ocia.org.
OCIA has regional and/or chapter offices in the US, Canada, Mexico,
Japan, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Spain. OCIA will celebrate it
20th anniversary of incorporation in 2008.
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