USDA National Organic Program
The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products.
The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.
The NOP web site is updated regularly with news reports and announcements. In addition to details with respect to amending the National List, the site includes a complete list of accredited certifiers, several of whom have searchable websites for organic ingredients.
Oregon Tilth actively participates and advocates for organic production by providing comments and background information on their draft guidance documents. Oregon Tilth sees it as a critical role we play in ensuring the integrity of the organic seal is maintained in adoption of all certification practices and policies. We continue to advocate for the organic producers and processors while also preserving full transparency and integrity in the standards. To view comments that Oregon Tilth has submitted to the National Organic Program on guidance documents and the links to the NOP proposals see the links below.
- National Organic Program: Draft Guidance Concerning Made with Organic Products (Document) (Notice PDF) (OTCO Letter to NOP)
New Guides for Organic Operations - Dec. 10, 2012
To describe the relevant organic requirements, provide best practices, and further explain the certification process, the National Organic Program (NOP) partnered with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) to provide the following detailed guides:
- Guide to Organic Crop Production
- Guide to Organic Livestock Production
- Guide to Organic Processing
- Guide to Organic Certification
These guides provide helpful information for both beginning farmers and current organic operations looking to adopt new management approaches.
The NOP encourages you to use and share these resources, helping current and prospective organic farms better understand the organic standards.
Note: the guides are quite large and may take a few minutes to download.