Five Steps Producers Follow To Become Certified

  1. Submit. Download a Membership Application from the WCR Verified℠ website; complete and submit to NSF International as instructed. If the applicant is a nursery, NSF International will work with the nursery to establish its seed/in-vitro producers so that the seed/in-vitro supplier can also be audited.
  2. Accept. Review and accept cost quote prepared by NSF International.
  3. Prepare. NSF International in-country office agrees to the commercial terms with the producer, develops an audit plan, and assists the nursery or seed supplier to prepare for the audit visit.
  4. Audit. A trained NSF International auditor conducts the audit, including inspection of facilities and documents, as well as collecting seed/leaf/in-vitro samples to send for DNA testing.
  5. Resolve. The NSF International auditor prepares a draft audit report and sends to the producer who has the option to resolve any Non-Compliances identified during the audit.

NSF reviews the audit report including any resolutions to non-compliances by the producer including the DNA testing results and awards a certification status depending on the level of compliance. Producers who have demonstrated that they follow the control points for ensuring plant health, genetic conformity, traceability, respect for breeders’ rights, and availability of coffee varietal information to clients/farmers, will have their certified status posted to the WCR Verified℠ website.

Frequency of Re-certification

Re-certification is required after 12 months for nurseries. For seed producers, recertification is required after 36 months, with required surveillance audit every 12 months.

Non-compliance

If the audit visit shows areas where the audit requirements are not being met, the producer has the option to resolve non-compliances. The time allowed for first-time applicants is 90 days for submission from the audit date, and for existing Members, 30 days. The objective of the non-compliance corrective process is not only to ensure the standard is being followed, but also to encourage a culture of continuous improvement in the overall system.