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Last Chance to Comment on Calculating Organic Percentages Draft Guidance!

The comment period is closing soon to submit comments to the National Organic Program regarding their draft guidance on calculating the percentage of organic ingredients in multi-ingredient products.

Comments can be submitted until April 7, 2017 to regulations.gov using docket number AMS_FRDOC_0001-1558.

The draft guidance could impact product labelling and the calculation of organic ingredients.

Material Sunset Process Announced by USDA will Break Regulatory Logjam

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) last week posted a plan to update the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) material “sunset review” process to address a broken system that has challenged the organic community for some time. We believe that this proposal will break some of the existing regulatory logjam and allow the NOSB to focus on larger issues that matter to organic consumers and producers.

NOP Deputy Adminstrator Miles McEvoy Announces Retirement

Last week, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy announced his retirement in a letter to the organic community
 
In his letter, McEvoy gives deep appreciation to each level of the organic food chain. He highlights his top ten list of accomplishments at NOP which includes:
  1. Developing a quality management system for NOP that improves program consistency and effectiveness.

NOP Extends Deadline to Comment on National List Proposed Rule

 
The National Organic Program (NOP) extended the commenting deadline for their proposed rule of 35 amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). NOP will now be accepting comments until May 14, 2018
 

NOP Guidance on Biodiversity and Natural Resources Open for Comment

The National Organic Program (NOP) issued a draft guidance to clarify biodiversity and natural resources requirements. The Draft Guidance, “Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation for Certified Organic Operations,” is open for comment now through February 27, 2015.

NOP Proposes Updates to 17 Substances and 16 New Substances to National List

USDA proposed new updates to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) that include 29 recommendations on 35 substances from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB evaluates substances on the National List every five years to confirm that each substance continues to meet the required criteria for its allowance or prohibition.

NOP Releases Organic Import Oversight Report & Policy Memos

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a new report and two policy memos as part of the program’s Organic Enforcement Action Plan
 
The report, Organic Import Oversight: Collaboration Opportunities and Technology Needs Assessment, responds to recommendations from the USDA Office of Inspector General on oversight of imported organic prod

NOP to Host Interactive Enforcement Rulemaking Webinar on July 17th

The National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar on the upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule on July 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will provide an overview on the proposed rule and opportunities for stakeholders to submit feedback.
 
Webinar Logistics
 
Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2018 
 
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
 

NOP to Host Webinar on Organic Integrity

The National Organic Program (NOP) will host a free webinar on advances in information technology to strengthen the integrity of the organic seal for producers, businesses, and consumers.
 
The hour-long webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Pre-registration is not required. 
 
Participants can connect to the webinar online and over the phone:

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