Certification & Inspection

The certification process

Our core aims

One of SOPA's core aims is to protect and uphold the organic integrity of all products produced by our members and certified by OF&G (Scotland) Ltd.

An inspector will visit each SOPA member annually.

Inspection times start at two hours for the smallest business, and can go up to two days for the largest complex processing audit. There are two parts to an organic inspection - firstly the operations must be seen so the inspector will wish to see the farm or processing plant in action.

The rest of the inspection will be paper-based where the inspector will go through all the business records and the SOPA Record Sheets to check compliance.  The main business operator should be available for all of the inspection to answer questions.

The inspector then emails the complete report to the OF&G (Scotland) Ltd office.

The report is logged and then reviewed prior to certification. If the Certification Officer needs more information than what has been reported by the Inspector, then they will contact the SOPA Member.   A minimum of two Certification Officers must approve the report before certification is awarded. Outstanding issues must be rectified by the member before the report can be approved by a Certification Officer.

On approval, an Organic Certificate of Conformity is issued to the SOPA member.

The Organic Certificate must be provided to your buyer with each sale of organic goods.

Your organic certificate proves you have achieved the regulatory standard for organic food and farming, and it demonstrates your care for the environment and your business ethics. 

PO Box Golspie, KW106AA
Email: info@sopa.org.uk Tel: 0300 772 9795

Scottish Organic Producers Association, Registered Office is c/o Drummond Laurie, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Rd, Perth, PH2 8BX.
Scottish Organic Producers Association is a Co-operative registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, Registration Number SP02278R. Organic Certification GB-ORG-17