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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

The NOSB's main mission is to assist the Secretary in developing standards for substances to be used in organic production.

The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, part of the 1990 Farm Bill, authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to appoint a 15-member National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The board's main mission is to assist the Secretary in developing standards for substances to be used in organic production. The NOSB also advises the Secretary on other aspects of implementing the national organic program.  View meeting agendas and previous meeting minutes as well as proposed regulatory changes.

Visit the NOSB website

Oregon Tilth actively participates in these meetings by providing comments to recommendations the NOSB is making on policy and standards development.  In addition to providing written comments Oregon Tilth staff regularly attend meetings in Washington DC in person to be available to further comment and answer questions while these decisions are being made. This is a crucial part in maintaining integrity and strength in National Organic Standard development.

Read our comments given at recent meetings:

May 2014
(See agenda proposals by the NOSB)
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Discussion Document -­‐ Toward Clarifying ACA’s Application of Clarifying §205.206(e)
pdf
Synthetic Methionine in Organic Poultry Feed Proposal
pdf
Carbon Dioxide for Use in Aquatic Plant Production
pdf
Substances for Aquatic Livestock and Plant Production
pdf
Micronutrients for Use in Aquatic Plant Production
pdf
November 2013 (canceled due to government shutdown)
(See agenda proposals by the NOSB)
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Petitioned Material Proposal Glycerin
pdf
Vitamins in Organic Aquatic Animals Production pdf
Trace Minerals for Aquatic Animals Proposal pdf
Tocopherols Aquaculture pdf
Synthetic Methionine in Organic Poultry Feed Proposal pdf
Discussion Document -­‐ Toward Clarifying ACA’s Application of Clarifying §205.206(e) pdf
Chlorine Materials in Aquatic Livestock Production pdf
Sound and Sensible Initiative
pdf
April 2013
(See agenda proposals by the NOSB)
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Petitioned Material Proposal Oxytetracycline
pdf
Handling Subcommittee Proposal Auxiliary/"Other Ingredients"
pdf
Calculating Percentage
pdf
October 2012
(See agenda proposals by the NOSB)
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Biodegradable Biobased Mulch
pdf
Biodiversity Conservation Comments pdf
Calculating Percentages
pdf
GMO and Seed Purity
pdf
Omnivore Diet Comments
pdf
Other Ingredients
pdf
November 2011
(see agenda proposals by the NOSB)
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Transport Slaughter
pdf
Welfare
pdf
Oversight Material Review Programs
pdf
Inspector Qualifications
pdf
Unannounced Inspections
pdf
April 2011
(see agenda and proposals by the NOSB)
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Chlorine Materials
pdf
Corn Steep Liquor
pdf
Animal Handling and Transport
pdf
Animal Welfare
pdf
October 2010
(see agenda and proposals by the NOSB)
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Handling: Yeast Guidelines Relisting on 205.605
pdf
Nutrient Vitamins & Minerals
pdf
Policy Development: Sunset Review Process
pdf
Clarifying Limitations on 205.101b
pdf
"Made with" Recommendation
pdf
Nanotechnology Guidance Document
pdf
Crop/Livestock Comments: Inerts of Minimal Concern, Apiculture, Formic Acid
pdf
April 2010
(see agenda and proposals by the NOSB)
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Handling: Comments on 100% Organic label claim with Inert Atmospheric Gases, USDA Made with Organic seal development
pdf
Materials Classifications
pdf
Production Standards for Terrestrial Plants in Containers and Enclosures (Greenhouses)
pdf
Inerts in Pesticides Allowed in Organic Production
pdf
Methionine in livestock feed
pdf
Farm: Multiple materials, sunset materials, Livestock health care definition, livestock density charts
pdf
Apiculture
pdf
November 2009
(see agenda and proposals by the NOSB)
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Livestock: Animal Welfare Recommendation and Livestock Materials Recommendations
pdf
Guidelines for Retailer Certification under the NOP
pdf
Classification of Materials
pdf
Nanotechnology, Personal Care Standards and Handling Materials Sunset
pdf
May 2009
(see agenda and proposals by the NOSB)
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Biodiversity guidance document
pdf
Soil-less growing systems discussion document
pdf
Vitamins and Minerals Injected as supplements
pdf
Animal Welfare discussion document
pdf
OTCO and PCO joint comments on 205.606 Petitioned Materials
pdf
Handling Topics: Petitioned Materials, Clarification of Materials, 100% Organic Label Claim
pdf
November 2008

NOSB Recommendation on 100% Organic Labeling
pdf
Pet Food Standards Proposal - Materials - Soy Lecithin
pdf
Multisite Certification Recommendation
pdf
Commercial Availability of Seed
pdf
 May 2008  
 Materials and Ag vs Non Ag Products, Material Eval pdf
 Clarification of Materials and additions to 205.606 pdf

 

November 2007
 
Commercial Availability Recommendation                  
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