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National Organic Program
Program Handbook  
Overview. The goal of the Handbook is to provide those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with guidance and instructions that can assist them in complying with the USDA organic regulations. It is important to note that the National Organic Program (NOP) Handbook is non-binding and any citation issued needs to reference the USDA organic regulations.

Formats. The NOP is no longer publishing print versions of the Handbook. It is now designed to be either used electronically or printed by the user.

Staying Current. The NOP adds, edits, and removes documents from the Handbook as needed to reflect emerging issues and policy decisions. Subscribe to the NOP Organic Insider to be notified of Handbook updates.

Current Handbook Edition
Revised January 8, 2015



Contact Information. Please contact us with requests to:
  • Issue, reconsider, modify, or rescind a guidance document in this Handbook
  • Complain that we are not following the OMB Good Guidance Practices or are improperly treating a guidance document as a binding requirement
  • Send print version of Handbook (for individuals without access to computer and printer only)

USDA National Organic Program: Standards Division
Room 2648-S, Stop 0268
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-0268

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  Last Modified Date: 01/08/2015