While the organic certification bodies have temporarily suspended all on-farm organic inspections, don’t push all your unfinished paperwork to one side just yet!
On 18th March, the Soil Association announced they have suspended all physical inspections of farms and processors until further notice, in line with government advice on the coronavirus outbreak. Organic Farmers and Growers quickly followed suit, announcing the suspension of all farm audits on 24th March.
But if you’ve been notified that your organic inspection has been cancelled—or if you have one booked in for the near future—don’t get too comfortable!
Remote audits and self-assessment
The Soil Association and OF&G have both now said they are introducing new procedures for ‘remote’ or desk-based inspections, including a level of self-assessment. Looking at the initial details they sound almost (but not quite) as enjoyable as the real thing!
We can help from afar
Although we’re all now in unchartered territory, the SWFC team has many years of experience in helping organic farmers of all shapes and sizes to manage their records and prepare for their organic inspections.
If the new organic self-assessment procedures look a little daunting, we can talk you through the inspection process and discuss what you will need to get ready for the remote audit. While we cannot get out to your farm in person, you might be very surprised to find out just how much can be done together over the phone or internet!
Get in touch
If we can help you prepare for your upcoming remote organic inspection, please get in touch. We can talk through what you’ll need to get ready and, with online video apps like Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype and many more, you’ll be surprised at just how much we can get done over the web. Just don’t leave it until the last minute…
Get in touch now for a no-obligation chat on 01503 220002 or send us a message on our Contact Form.