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AnnouncementOctober 14, 2014



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share the results of a Peer Review of the National Organic Program's (NOP) accreditation program.

ANSI Peer Review Report  

A critical part of the National Organic Program's (NOP) mission is to accredit and oversee the work of third party accredited certifying agents (certifiers). The USDA organic regulations and NOP's quality system requires periodic peer reviews to assess NOP's accreditation program and to see how well it aligns with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011 (which describes standards for accreditation programs).


In 2014, the NOP contracted with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to conduct its peer review. ANSI reviewed all phases of NOP accreditation from initial application through final decision, NOP's ongoing surveillance and renewal activities, and management



We are pleased to share ANSI's Peer Review Report with the organic community:


Executive Summary and Overview of Opportunities for Improvement


Full Peer Review Report

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