Applying for Maharishi Vedic Organic Certification:
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute provides the Maharishi Vedic Organic certification program for clients who are already certified organic according to the standards where they will market their products, and who wish to meet the additional label requirements of the MVOAI Vedic Organic Program.
The Maharishi Vedic Organic program uses the ancient Vedic agricultural technologies recently revived by Maharishi to produce food of extraordinary purity and vitality, in which all the Laws of Nature have been enlivened. The Institute’s certification programs operate in compliance with the internationally accepted ISO Rule 65 governing the management and operation of certification agencies.
MVOAI offers an efficient 7 STEP program for gaining Vedic organic certification. At MVOAI we consider it part of our responsibility to help you to understand and proceed comfortably through the steps of certification. Although certification, by law, involves extensive documentation to protect the integrity and quality of the certification process, we have made every effort to make the process comfortable and manageable, and to provide a program and quality guarantee that allows us to be sure that the organic or Vedic organic quality is met and maintained from farm to market.
Call or e-mail the MVOAI Certification Coordinator if you need help understanding our certification forms, certification procedures, certification standards or any step of the certification process. We will be happy to provide any additional information that you may need to understand or complete your certification. However, it is important to note that International law does not allow us to advise you on how to manage your farming or production operation in order to gain certification. We can only help you understand our certification procedures and requirements.
All communications between MVOAI and its clients should be direct from the client to the home office of MVOAI or to authorized branches of the Institute. Correspondence may be electronic, telephonic, or written and must be sent to the published postal address or Web site and e-mail addresses.
Overview: Seven Steps of the Certification Process
The process to become certified or re-certified as Maharishi Vedic Organic by MVOAI is briefly outlined in the following 7 steps. Details of these steps follow. Applicants should complete the certification process, being careful to:
(a) Complete all portions of the application that are pertinent to your operation to the best of your knowledge.
(b) Complete and sign the applicable Certification Contract and non-disclosure agreements at the appropriate times in the application process.
(c) Send the required application fees and other annual certification fees at the appropriate times.
STEP ONE – The first step is to submit a current copy of your nationally recognized Organic certification certificate from the country where you are located and request an MVOAI Application Packet for Maharishi Vedic Organic certification, including a copy of the Vedic Procedures Verification Forms. There is a $35.00 fee ($50 international) to print and mail paper forms. Alternatively, the forms may be downloaded free from the MVOAI Web Site www.vedicorganic.org.
STEP TWO — Upon receipt of the Certification Application Packet, we encourage you to review the MVOAI Vedic Certification Policy and Standards Manuals and fee structures. If you have any questions about determining your fee structure, please contact the MVOAI Certification Coordinator. These manuals make very clear the requirements for our Vedic certification. A complete understanding of their contents serves as the first step in the application and qualifying process. Having read the MVOAI Brochure, Policy and Standards Manuals, if you feel you will qualify for certification and wish to proceed, the next step is to carefully review the Certification Application Packet and fill out, as appropriate, the Application Form and the Vedic Procedures Verification Forms. Please also include a copy of your detailed organic Farm/Livestock Plan or Processing/Handling Plant Plan, and Field History Form.
Please complete all parts of the forms carefully and in complete detail. Please call the MVOAI Certification Coordinator if you have questions about completing the forms. Incomplete forms will be returned for completion. The completed Certification Application Materials are mailed to the main office of MVOAI, making sure the Application Fee is included. The Application and Certification Fees are presented in the MVOAI Certification Fees Schedule. If at any time the applicant wishes to withdraw from the application or certification process, the applicant shall be liable for the costs of services provided up to the time of withdrawal of the application. See Certification Fee Schedule.
STEP THREE — The MVOAI Certification Coordinator reviews the application for completeness, gathers any additional or missing information from the applicant, and then sends the application to the Certification Committee who will determine eligibility for certification and/or any need for further information or compliance to the MVOAI standards. The Certification Coordinator then notifies the client of the Certification Committee’s decision and any further requirements for correction of noncompliances.
If after reviewing the application, the Certification Committee decides the applicant is not a suitable candidate for Vedic organic certification, MVOAI notifies the applicant and presents the reasons why the operation does not qualify for MVOAI certification. The applicant may request an opportunity to make the necessary changes required to become a candidate.
STEP FOUR — If the application is found to provide a suitable candidate for certification, an appropriate Inspector is chosen to inspect the farm or processing operation. The Inspector must be free of all conflicts of interests regarding the operation he is to inspect. The Inspector is given a copy of the application to review and any previous inspection and/or noncompliance reports on the operation, and then contacts the applicant directly to set up a time for the inspection.
The Inspector conducts the inspection with the authorized representative of the operation in attendance along with as many of the operation’s managerial staff as possible. To conclude the on-site inspection, the Inspector conducts an exit interview with the client to review the main observations and conclusions made during the inspection. The Inspector then completes his inspection report including recommendations,and submits it to the MVOAI Inspections Manager for consideration by the Certification Committee. A copy of the Inspector’s report is provided to the client and the original becomes part of a client’s certification file. The client is charged, per diem, for Inspector’s time and travel, and any lab expenses for required testing. For details, please see Inspections and Testing below and the MVOAI Certification Fee Schedule.
STEP FIVE — At this point, on the basis of the application materials and any additional information gained during the inspection visit, the Certification Committee makes their certification decision on the basis of the MVOAI Vedic policies and standards, and requests that the Certification Coordinator notify the client of their certification status: approved, denied or conditional. Final certification approval may be conditional, i.e., additional documentation may be needed and/or certain practices amended to comply with MVOAI policies and standards.
STEP SIX — If approved, the client signs and returns the MVOAI Certified Operation Agreement, corrects any pre-certification requirements mentioned in STEP FIVE, and pays MVOAI required fees. (Please use the Certification Fee Schedule to calculate fees or contact the MVOAI Office for any questions.) If there are no additional conditions to be met, MVOAI mails a Certificate of Certification and a copy of the Certified Operation Agreement signed by an authorized MVOAI representative. The new MVOAI certified operator may now advertise and label as described in the MVOAI standards. If denied, the decision may be appealed following the guidelines in the MVOAI manuals.
THAT’S IT for initial certification.
STEP SEVEN – Once you become certified, you will be sent an annual continuance of certification application 3 months before your annual certification is due for renewal. Clients must submit this application for renewal, including a current farm or processing plan. MVOAI then assigns and schedules an Inspector who completes the required annual inspection. The client is charged per diem for Inspector time and travel, and lab expenses. If all of the current MVOAI policies and standards are continuing to be met and the activities of the operation are properly documented, the client pays the necessary annual fees based on last year’s sales (or projected sales for the year if there is a significant change anticipated) and certification status is reviewed and decided by the Certification Committee.
If you have questions concerning the certification process, costs, or eligibility requirements, please contact the MVOAI Office directly. Please consult the MVOAI Policy Manual and the MVOAI Standards Manual for a complete description of the MVOAI certification and continuance of certification process and standards.
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute will award either Maharishi Vedic Organic certification in the following categories:
- Crop production
- Wild crop harvest
- Grower Groups
At this time, MVOAI does not certify transitional or split operations. Certification granted in the MVOAI certification categories complies with all USDA National Organic Program requirements, ISO 65 requirements, and in the case of Maharishi Vedic Organic additional label requirements, the Vedic standards of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute.
Administration of the Program
All programs of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute are administered through the central office. For certification materials and applications, please contact:
Dr. John Konhaus
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute
Personnel of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute
The personnel at MVOAI are all highly qualified and dedicated people whose goal is the growth and certification of organic and Vedic Organic agriculture around the world. Everyone working at the Institute is trained in both organic and Vedic Organic principles and practices. Many of our staff work on a volunteer basis, offering their personal time and resources to help in this timely issue of improving the purity and quality of the world’s food supply, while sustainably preserving the environment. Employees generally have a combination of educational, experiential, and vocational training and qualifications.
The Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute, USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation incorporated in the State of Delaware, U.S.A. Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute, India, is a Private Limited Company with educational status.
MVOAI Organizational Structure
The President of MVOAI reports to the Board of Directors which is responsible for the overall operation of the Institute. It is the President’s and Board of Directors’ responsibility to ensure that all the goals and activities of the organization are implemented and fulfilled. These activities include the Maharishi Organic and the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Certification Program, and the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute Educational and Research Programs.
In regards to the Certification Program, the President and Board of Directors (BOD) must assure that the Program is financially viable and capable of providing a credible guarantee to its Licensees. The President, in particular, is directly in charge of administering the operations of the organization, including its educational, research and certification activities.
The Certification Committee, although necessarily a part of the organizational structure, is autonomous in its functioning and makes all decisions on certification based on materials it receives from inspections, application materials and reports. This independent functioning is to provide separation between application processing and certification decisions. The Certification Committee and its Chairman are responsible directly to the President and the Board of Directors.
Documentation resulting from applications, inspection visits and audits are reviewed by the MVOAI Certification Coordinator and Certification Department staff for completeness and then submitted to the Certification Committee for decision. Members of the Certification Committee are qualified and experienced personnel in organic and Vedic organic agriculture and will make all decisions regarding the granting, extension or denial of the certification status of the inspected parties.
Applying for Certification:
For MVOAI certification manuals, applications and fee structures please call, write or e-mail to the address below and we will send the materials to you by post or via the internet at your discretion.
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute
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Goals of the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute
The Institute’s principal goals are:
- To bring agriculture in perfect harmony with Natural Law by providing the knowledge and practical procedures of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture to consumers, producers, and distributors of agricultural products worldwide;
- To monitor and certify the production and distribution of Maharishi Vedic Organic products as the freshest, most vital and completely nourishing food available;
- To help establish and promote affiliated Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institutes around the world;
- To conduct scientific research on the benefits of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture;
- To help alleviate poverty in the developing countries by supporting Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture projects in these countries, and by placing a high value on the Vedic Organic foods they produce;
- To challenge the existing agricultural methodologies that endanger human health and life, and bring the food supply system in favor of life by introducing Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture.