7 U.S. Code § 6514 - Accreditation program

(a) In general

The Secretary shall establish and implement a program to accredit a governing State official, and any private person, that meets the requirements of this section as a certifying agent for the purpose of certifying a farm or handling operation as a certified organic farm or handling operation.

(b) RequirementsTo be accredited as a certifying agent under this section, a governing State official or private person shall—
prepare and submit, to the Secretary, an application for such accreditation;
have sufficient expertise in organic farming and handling techniques as determined by the Secretary; and
comply with the requirements of this section and section 6515 of this title.
(c) Duration of designation

An accreditation made under this section shall be for a period of not to exceed 5 years, as determined appropriate by the Secretary, and may be renewed.

(Pub. L. 101–624, title XXI, § 2115, Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3944.)