A violation of any Core Standard highlighted in BOLD lettering. All Core Standards I, II and III are considered MAJOR Compliance areas. Core Standards IV GAP/GHP in BOLD are considered MAJOR Compliance Areas.
No more than three MAJOR Non-Compliance violations in any one Core Standard or three in any one of the three Core Standards (I,II, III) are grounds for FAILURE of the certification process. The inspector may terminate the audit at this time without completing the inspection. You will be charged for a full inspection. A re-inspection shall not be conducted for a minimum of 30 days.
Any MAJOR Non-Compliance violation may constitute the removal of the farm from the program at any time. If this is the case, the farm will be immediately de-listed from the list of approved farms.
The Compliance Board will rule on all the above actions. It is not the job of the inspector to determine what is or is not a MAJOR Non-Compliance.
Any number of MINOR Non-Compliance violations may be found in any area of the inspection. MINOR Non-Compliance violations may constitute corrective action prior to granting of certification. MINOR Non-Compliance violations shall be corrected within 30 days of the official notification.
The inspector may determine what is a MINOR Non-Compliance. The Compliance Board has the right to upgrade a MINOR Non-Compliance to a MAJOR Non-Compliance.
Administrative requirements are any item required of this certification. Examples include:
Non-payment of fees or expenses
Any other item that constitutes a breach of integrity.
The inspector may make a number of recommendations during your inspection. These recommendations will be validated by the Compliance Board. They are expected to be acted upon by the producer by the next inspection.
The inspector may make a number of administrative suggestions during the inspection. These are administrative suggestions only, and it is up to the farmer whether or not to act on these suggestions. They will not be mentioned in the report.
The inspector cannot and will not provide information on how to correct a violation or how to comply with a standard. THIS IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Please do not ask the inspector advice in this regard. Such actions may constitute the inspector losing their position and your farm being de-listed for a period of 5 years.