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Erisman FIeldday. Photo credit to: Harriet Behar, MOSES Organic Specialist


Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) & National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)


About the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB):

The NOSB is a 15-member volunteer board from diverse members of the organic community.  The Organic Law  grants the NOSB sole authority to recommend adding materials to or removing materials from the National List, and to make recommendations on a wide variety of other topics related to organic standards.  They hold public meetings twice a year, and NOC holds a public meeting the day prior to each NOSB meeting at the same site.

Fall 2016 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting:

November 16-18, 2016
Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108 
Link to Meeting Information and Documents

NOC Pre-NOSB Meeting:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
9 am - 5 pm
Chase Park Plaza Hotel

212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108 

Fall 2016 Meeting Comments:

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - National Organic Coalition

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Appendix A - National Organic Coalition

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Appendix B - National Organic Coalition

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Steve Etka

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Abby Youngblood

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Christie Badger



NOC Member Comments:

Spring 2016 Meeting Comments:

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - National Organic Coalition

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Center for Food Safety

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Consumers Union

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Food & Water Watch

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - NODPA


NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - NOFA-VT

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - OEFFA
NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments on Excluded Methods - Organic Seed Alliance
NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments on Seed Purity - Organic Seed Alliance

Written Comments - Beyond Pesticides


Material Checklists

The NOSB evaluates materials proposed for the National List according to criteria in the Organic Foods Production Act, using this Crops & Livestock Material Checklist and this Handing Material Checklist.

October 2015 NOSB Meeting Comments 

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 October 2015 NOSB Meeting Comments-National Organic Coalition

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Abby Youngblood

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Steve Etka

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony - Christie Badger

Written Comments - Beyond Pesticides

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Comments on Inerts - Beyond Pesticides

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Center for Food Safety

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Consumers Union

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Food and Water Watch

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - NOFA-VT/VOF

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - OEFFA

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Written Comments - Organically Grown Company 


April 2015 NOSB Meeting Comments

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 April 2015 NOSB Meeting Comments-ALL

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 Oral Testimony of Abby Youngblood & Steve Etka


What?! Fish Can't Be Organic? (blog by Lisa Bunin, Center for Food Safety on Organic Aquaculture)

NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight Like Water and Oil: Ocean Based Fish Farming and Organic Don't Mix (Center for Food Safety, October 2014)

October 2014 NOSB Meeting Comments

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 October 2014 NOSB Meeting Comments-ALL

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013 CFS NOSB Comments- 2014


Sen. Leahy and Rep. DeFazio Criticize USDA's New Organic Policy in Sunsetting of Materials
"As the principal authors of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, we are writing to raise concerns about the recent sunset policy change made by your agency, which we believe to be in conflict with both the letter and intent of the statute. We are particularly concerned that such a substantive policy change was made without the benefit of full notice and comment." 

[From the original authors of the Organic Law, Sen. Leahy and Rep. DeFazio]

Joint Letter sent by Sen. Leahy & Rep. DeFazio to Sec. Vilsack 

NOC NOSB Comments-CACS Sub-committee-October 1, 2013  April 2014 NOC NOSB Meeting Comments

April 2014 NOC Members NOSB Meeting Comments

NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight Beyond Pesticides NOSB Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight Center for Food Safety NOSB Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight Consumers Union NOSB Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight MOFGA NOSB Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight NOFA NOSB Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight OGC/OPWC Comments
NOC Comments to NOSB on "Sound & Sensible"Initiative", and NOP Oversight Organic Seed Alliance Comments

NOSB Recommendations And Decisions

Database on NOSB Recommendations for Materials 1995-2001 Database on NOSB Recommendations for Materials 1995-2001 

National Organic Standards Board Recommendations 1998 - 2000 National Organic Standards Board Recommendations 1998 - 2000 

NOSB Decisions 1992-1996 "Toward Organic Integrity..." The "Green Book":   NOSB Decisions 1992-1996 "Toward Organic Integrity:  A Guide to the Development of U.S. Organic Standards" Compiled by Michael Sligh (RAFI-USA), founding chair of NOSB, 1992-1997

NOSB Principles of Organic Production, 2001 NOSB Principles of Organic Production, 2001 

Organic Foods Production Act

Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) 

OFPA House Conference Report OFPA House Conference Report 

OFPA Senate Report Language S. 2830, July 6, 1990 OFPA Senate Report Language S. 2830, July 6, 1990 

ISO Primer ISO Primer 

ISO Primer  Birth of NOSB -- early documents

Regulations Implementing the Organic Foods Production Act

NOSB Meeting Comments

For older NOSB meeting comments, please see our Policy Comments page, and browse by meeting year and date.

USDA Guts National Organic Law: Joint Press Release by Consumers Union, FWW, BP & CFS USDA Guts National Organic Law: Joint Press Release by Consumers Union, FWW, BP & CFS 

NOC NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 NOC NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 

OGC NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 OGC NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 

Food and Water Watch NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 Food and Water Watch NOSB Comments March 19, 2013 

NOC Comments on Antibiotics March 11, 2013 NOC Comments on Antibiotics March 11, 2013

January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOP and NOSB Regarding Discussions By the Board During Meetings January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOP and NOSB Regarding Discussions By the Board During Meetings 

January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOP Regarding GMO Vaccines January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOP Regarding GMO Vaccines 

January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOSB Regarding Confidential Business Information January, 2013: NOC Letter to NOSB Regarding Confidential Business Information 

May 22, 2012: NOC Official Spring 2012 Meeting Comments May 22, 2012: NOC Official Spring 2012 Meeting Comments 

September 24, 2012: NOC Official Fall 2012 Meeting Comments September 24, 2012: NOC Official Fall 2012 Meeting Comments 



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