Canada Organic Office Peer Review of the United States National Organic Program
5.0 Peer Review Protocol

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5.1 Canada peer review team reviewed each level of the USDA NOP (NOP administration, accredited certifying agencies and operations) to confirm that the responsible authorities have the necessary controls in place to ensure compliance with the terms of the USCOEA.

5.2 The peer review team visited two accredited certifying agencies to determine how the terms of the USCOEA are understood and implemented.

5.3 The peer review team visited three organic operations to observe production, handling and labelling and interviewed farmers and production managers in order to determine the level of compliance accomplished by the operations within the scope of this peer review.

5.4 The peer review team was accompanied by a NOP representative throughout the review. At each of the operation visits the team was also accompanied by two representatives from the Certifying Agencies (CA).

5.5 The NOP representative was kept informed about the peer review process during the peer review. Any issues of concern were immediately brought to the attention of the accompanying representative.

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