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AnnouncementSeptember 16, 2013

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a transparent and streamlined "sunset" review process. 

We would like to invite you to a telebriefing today to go over the process.


Please note that this is a listen-only call.


Monday, September 16, 2013
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time


1. Dial into the conference call:

      (877) 322-9654 (U.S. callers)
(954) 797-1657 (international callers)


2. Enter the participation code:

"Sunset" Review Process

Organic standards are designed to allow most natural substances in organic farming while prohibiting most synthetic substances. The National List--part of the organic regulations--lists the exceptions to this basic rule and the non-organic substances allowed in processed organic products.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) must review all National List substances every 5 years. The NOSB can make recommendations to remove substances due to impact on human health, the environment, or other criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act.

After the NOSB has completed this "sunset" review, the NOP must renew or remove the substances on the National List to complete the process. 

The NOSB and NOP will follow the process below to meet the sunset provision of the Organic Foods Production Act while also achieving these goals:

  • Transparent sunset review process.
  • Increased opportunities for public engagement.
  • Streamlined administration of the National List.

View Full Policy (Federal Register notice)

View memo to NOSB

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