The Steps to Kosher Certification
THE APPLICATION The first step toward certification is filling an application form 101. Application forms are distributed upon request by calling our office or online at www.oregonkosher.org . There is a one-time fee of $180. This fee, however, may be waived in certain situations. Ask for details Take a brief moment to fill out this simple and straightforward form. The Oregon Kosher will maintain all information concerning your company with strictest confidence.
Based upon the information filled in application form 101 a Rabbinic Authority will be assigned to oversee all matters relating to your company. At this time an appointment to visit your facility will be set.
THE INITIAL VISIT
The purpose of the initial visit is to walk-through the entire facility and to better understand the procedure(s) your company uses. This visit will be attended by the Rabbinic Authority assigned to your company and possibly a field representative. At this time your Rabbinic Authority will provide you with details of the procedures you will need to follow to receive and maintain kosher supervision. He will also provide an estimate of the fees involved in providing kosher certification.
Having finished his inspection, the Rabbinic Authority will issue a report to our office. At this time, your annual fee will be set, determined by numerous factors, including: the nature and location of your facility, and the amount of work required on our part. If any matters remain outstanding, we will work with you to resolve them. Part of our agreement with you involves monitoring your facility. One of our field representatives will be assigned for this purpose. The frequency of these visits depends on the nature of your production. We make every effort to arrange these visits in the most economical way possible. In addition, a Rabbinic Authority may make an annual inspection of your facility.
A contract is now drawn up, detailing the agreement between the Oregon Kosher and your company. The contract is sent to you for your review and your signed approval. A kosher certification letter is granted upon receipt of a signed contract along with the fee for your first year of supervision. The certification fee is based on low administrative over-head, initial set-up costs, travel expenses (if any), and supervision costs. This fee is NOT linked to a percentage of sales or labels printed.
The certificate details which of your products or facilities are under Oregon Kosher certification, and grants you the right to display our registered Oregon Kosher symbol on the certified products listed in your Kosher Certificate.
Congratulations! Your company is now a card holding member of the nation wide network of Kosher Certifying agencies. Your Company’s name may be listed on our website as well as those of many local Jewish organizations. And you can look forward to the announcement of your new certification in the Kosher Oregonian, the regional kashrus magazine of the pacific NW.Kindly note, Because the Oregon Kosher is a local - regional kashrus agency for the Pacific North West it provides several benefits to local companies and the community alike.