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August 6, 2013

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce an updated policy memo regarding the evaluation of materials used in organic crop, livestock, and handling operations.

Additionally, save the date for the spring 2014 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

Review of Materials

As part of their organic system plan, organic operations must submit a list of substances to their organic certifying agent. The certifying agent must review each substance to confirm that it complies with the USDA organic regulations and other applicable standards.

In 2011, the NOP published a policy memo describing how certifying agents should review materials. This policy also provided options for certifying agents to recognize reviews completed by third parties, such as:

  • Other accredited certifying agents.
  • The Organic Materials Review Institute.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency.

The updated memo clarifies how the NOP will resolve instances when material evaluation programs disagree on the allowance of a specific generic input.

View Policy Memo 11-4: Evaluation of Materials used in Organic Crop, Livestock and Handling Operations

NOSB Meeting Update

Mark your calendars for the spring 2014 NOSB meeting:

April 29 - May 1, 2014
St. Anthony Hotel
300 East Travis Street
San Antonio, Texas

More info + reservation link coming soon!

Additionally, the fall 2013 NOSB meeting is fast approaching:

October 22 - 24, 2013
Galt House Hotel
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky

The NOSB will begin accepting public comments on their proposals in early September.

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