NOP organic product material review OMRI, WSDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets stringent regulations via its National Organic Program (NOP) for the use or prohibition of products and materials within organic agricultural operations in the United States (US). Commercial fertilizers, bulk and specialty fertilizers, agricultural minerals, pesticides, soil and plant additives, auxiliary substances, soil conditioners, and soil amendments must comply with the federal NOP regulations as well as applicable State regulations prior to use in US organic farming. When domestic or foreign producers seek to market organic products in the US, an application is filed for each product and information is reviewed for compliance with NOP regulations. Both the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) certify products for US national organic compliance. Either of these organic material certifications is sufficient for national compliance at the federal level for product use in organic farming operations. A successful application results in the product being listed as a national organic product suitable for use in US organic agriculture. Certain states, such as California, have an additional level of organic product certification. A state organic product certification, or organic product registration, must be completed prior to product use in organic agriculture within the state. In California this process is referred to as organic input material registration, and results in a state list of potential organic material inputs acceptable for use in organic farming.

Carroll Loye Biological Research (CLBR) can serve as your liaison for organic material certification organizations. CLBR provides organic product registration advice to domestic and foreign parties interested in organic input material certification of their products. CLBR will help assess the potential for organic product certification, estimate timelines for organic reviews and organic material listings, and facilitate the understanding, compilation and submission of the information necessary for the review process by OMRI, WSDA or CDFA. Additionally, CLBR can perform annual product renewals for continued product listings.