Certification COR (Canada)

Canada Organic Regime (COR) certifies organic food products for the Canadian market and allows both export and marketing.


To export organic food products to Canada, operators have two options:

  1. Export products on the basis of CE 834/07 certification

Since July 2011, thanks to the equivalence agreement between EC Regulation 834/07 and COR Regulation, products certified under EC Regulation 834/07 can be exported to Canada without the need for further certification. The logo of the COR regulation can be inserted on the label.

On 7th April 2016 the updated Agreement between Canada and the EU entered into force.

“The Government of Canada and the European Commission are pleased to announce the extension of the EU-Canada Organic Farming Equivalence Agreement which enters into force today.

Five years after the implementation of the EU-Canada Equivalence Agreement (EUCOEA), an agreement has been reached to extend the scope of products that can be marketed under mutual recognition. Organic wine was not included in the scope of the EUCOEA Agreement. The update will allow organic wine certified under European or Canadian regulations to be sold and labelled as organic in both markets”.

The updating of the EU-Canada equivalence agreement allows agricultural products, including wine, which are produced and processed in the European Union and certified under Regulation 834/07 to be sold and labelled as organic in Canada, including the use of the Canadian and European logos.

In September 2019 it was clarified that organic products that are imported into the EU from third countries and that are only stored or packaged in the EU are not covered by the EU/Canada equivalence agreement and therefore cannot be exported to Canada as organic.

To export such products to Canada with organic references, COR certification is therefore required.

  1. Apply for COR (Canada Organic Regime) certification

ICEA has been accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for inspection and certification in accordance with the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standard governing the production, labeling and marketing of organic food products in Canada, which came into force on June 30th 2009.

The COR Regulation:

  • applies to food products for human and animal use
  • does not provide for the certification of hydroponic and aeroponic crops (also prohibited by the EU standard)
  • has specific requirements at all stages of the production chain so that all operators producing, processing and labelling organic products for export to Canada must be certified in accordance with the COR.

CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency links: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/organic-products/eng/1526652186199/1526652186496



Control and certification service application.
The company applies for the control and certification service by sending the necessary documentation in order to start the certification process.

Preliminary assessment.
The company must describe all working procedures and production techniques adopted. Food laboratories and industries, in addition to the documentation already sent for the issue of organic certification Reg. CE 834/07 (recipes, list of suppliers, management plan) must also submit an addendum to the management plan in order to describe the measures taken to comply with the specific COR requirements. The same applies to farms that supply raw material.

In situ inspection.
ICEA sends an Inspector to all the operators of the production chain, in order to verify the effective compliance with the COR regulation, in particular with regard to the more restrictive parameters compared to the EU regulation.

Issue of the Certificate of Conformity.
Based on the information and data collected as part of the assessment and verification process. The certificate contains the list of products certified that meet the requirements of the COR regulation, ICEA issues the Certificate of Conformity of products or services.

Surveillance: periodic inspections and analysis.
ICEA establishes a plan of periodic inspections to verify and confirm the maintenance of compliance requirements.