NOTE: Recommendations made by the NOSB are not official policy until they are approved and adopted by USDA.
. The NOSBís six Subcommittees-Crops; Livestock; Handling; Materials; Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; and Policy-meet between public meetings to develop recommendations to proposals for the full NOSBís consideration. Learn more
. The Organic Foods Production Act grants the NOSB sole authority to recommend adding materials to or removing materials from the National List
. In general, synthetic substances are prohibited unless specifically allowed (e.g. vaccines) and non-synthetic substances are allowed unless specifically prohibited (e.g. arsenic). In addition to petitioned materials, the NOSB must review all materials every five years and recommend renewing, removing, or changing each listing. View National List Sunset dates (PDF)
. The NOSB meets twice per year in a public forum to discuss the issues and vote on their final recommendations. The NOSB values transparency and public input, inviting both advance written and in-person oral public comments to gain additional perspectives on their recommendations. All meetings are free and open to the public. Get involved