Organic BC has created a unique online tool for organic certification application and renewal.
iCertify makes organic certification easier than ever by providing a user-friendly, secure, online process that helps guide you through the required steps on your path to becoming certified organic.
To get connected and start your application, please contact one of our certification bodies directly.Find a certification body
What others are saying about iCertify
“Shifting to the online system makes sense to keep up with the times and to take ourselves seriously as a movement and as business owners. The organic movement has really grown. A standardized online system is only one small part of the bigger picture, but it helps us in our efforts to efficiently function as the growing movement and robust businesses that we are.”
Heather, Umi Nami Farm
Funding for the iCertify project has been provided by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, under the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.
Please contact your local certification body directly to confirm if you can use iCertify for your 2021 application or renewal. A list of certified bodies can be found here.
To use iCertify, you will require an Internet connection and a computer or tablet, as well as information about your operations. As you work through the application, your answers can be saved at any point, and you can return to the application later if you need a break or need to gather other information to answer specific questions. iCertify works best in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. We encourage you to use these browsers.
While we hope that members will see the value in using iCertify, we understand that for some it won’t be possible. Please contact your local certification body directly to find out the best way to complete your application.
The goal is to make the application and renewal process easier for everyone. The first time you use iCertify, you will be required to complete an “initial application”, responding to a variety of questions in order to capture a complete overview of your enterprise. Once this bulk of information has been input, you will find that annual renewals are much simpler, and the amount of time spent on the renewal process is significantly decreased.
No. After you have completed an initial application all the application information will be stored. When you apply for renewal the following year, your renewal will automatically populate with many of the answers and attachments you provided the previous year. You will need to review the information, make any necessary changes, and upload annually required records before submitting the application.
iCertify works best in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. We encourage you to use these browsers.
If you have trouble accessing iCertify, please contact your CB administrator, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information submitted to iCertify is securely stored on dedicated Organic BC servers located in Canada, and backed up regularly. iCertify was designed with the security of your information as a top priority.
If you forget your password, please contact your CB administrator to have your password reset. We recommend making note of your iCertify password or using a Password Manager.
Certain older versions of Firefox and Safari are experiencing saving progress problems. Please be sure you are periodically seeing the ‘saving progress’ message at the bottom of the screen. It is also recommended to click the manual ‘save’ button periodically and ensure you see a saving progress message.
To prevent data loss, we recommend that if you are away from the computer for an extended period, that you log out and log back in upon return to ensure your browser has not timed out.
iCertify allows your administrator to send notifications directly to you by email. CB administrators also have the ability to assign you “Tasks” through iCertify. The administrator will send you an email instructing you to login to iCertify and check the Task Tab within the system if there are new notifications. In addition to using iCertify, you can always choose to email your administrator directly.
When it is time to renew, you will have the opportunity to select any additional plans (e.g. poultry) or remove items from your certification. If you wish to add product/organic plans throughout the season please contact your administrator directly.
Yes, you can download your application questions and answers as a PDF once it has been submitted. We recommend storing a copy of your PDF on your computer and/or print it for your records. All submitted application and renewal information, and uploaded compliance documentation, should be kept for a minimum of five years.
iCertify has compliance forms built directly into the program. If you are looking for one of these premade records, you can find them all here.