Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department (TNOCD) was established in the year 2007-2008 to carryout inspection and certification of organic production system in accordance with NPOP (National Programme for Organic Production), which was launched by Government of India in the year 2000 and notified in October 2001 under the Foreign Trade and Development Act (FTDR Act).
Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department is accredited by APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority), New Delhi, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The accreditation number allotted to Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department is NPOP/NAB/0019. Organic Certification carried out by this Department is on par with standards of European Union.
Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department also imparts free training to registered organic farmers on National Standards for Organic Production, and Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department Standards. During the year 2010-11, 28114 acres of land have been registered under Organic Certification by 8372 farmers in Tamil nadu.