Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions is a program that organic businesses may voluntarily enroll in to
help minimize or eliminate organic fraud. The program is based on buyer responsibility and supply
chain management, and provides companies with a risk-based process for developing and
implementing an organic fraud prevention plan. The program complements and reinforces organic
certification and enforcement efforts of USDA’s National Organic Program and organic certifiers
through promotion of industry-wide, best practices for improving the resilience and overall integrity of
global organic supply chains.
The goals of the program include:
This program is NOT a certification program, verification program, or add-on label. The program is a quality
assurance program that is helpful in business-to-business marketing and sourcing practices to ensure the
integrity of the organic supply chain.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
To enroll in the program, a company must be either USDA certified organic, Global Organic Textile Standard
(GOTS) certified, or listed with a USDA recognized Material Review Organization such as the Organic Material
Review Organization (OMRI) or the WSDA Organic Materials Registration Program. Eligible operations include
any certified operation in the organic supply chain (e.g. farmers, handlers, processors, distributors, traders,
retailers and input manufacturers). There are also opportunities for organic certifiers, consultants and advisors
that would like to partner in the program as experts in the subject matter.
WHY IS THE PROGRAM IMPORTANT?
Organic fraud cannot be tolerated in the organic supply chain, inside or outside the United States. Anytime
there is fraud anywhere in the organic system, it takes value out of the organic label. Everyone plays a role in
preventing organic fraud. It is critical that organic businesses have robust systems and measures in place that
adequately support the promise of providing organic products that people can trust. Organic Fraud
Prevention Solutions, as adopted by businesses engaged in organic trade, will become the industry standard
reference for excellence in achieving integrity across complex organic global supply chains.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ENROLLING?
The primary reason to enroll in the program is to strengthen the transparency and traceability of your organic
supply chain in order to prevent organic fraud. Organic companies that want to be publicly recognized for
having implemented an Organic Fraud Prevention Plan need to successfully complete the enrollment process
and maintain organic fraud mitigation measures on an on-going basis. Leadership and commitment from
organic businesses will drive adoption of the program. The more companies that join, the stronger the organic
supply chain will become.