187 Substances Relisted on National List

The National Organic Program (NOP) has relisted 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The complete list of substances can be found on the Federal Register.

As part of the 2017 Sunset Review, the substances were recommended to be renewed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Each substance on the National List is reviewed every five years to determine whether it should remain on the list or not.

NOSB evaluates the substances using the criteria of whether it is harmful to human health or the environment, if the substance is no longer necessary due to the availability of a nonsynthetic alternative, or if the substance’s use is inconsistent with organic farming and handling practices.

With their cycle now complete, the relisted materials will be reviewed again in 2022 to determine if they still comply with the criteria.

In total, 198 substances were reviewed as part of the 2017 Sunset Review with 11 substances being recommended for removal from the National List.

NOP has proposed a rule to remove those 11 substances from the National List, making their use prohibited in organic production. NOP is accepting comments on the proposed rule until April 19, 2017 on regulations.gov using docket number AMS-NOP-16-0052-0001.

CCOF encourages members using any of the 111 materials to submit comments by April 19, 2017. Members should also review the list of renewed materials. Please contact me at pnell@ccof.org for questions or more information.