National Organic Program

The National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. We are responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. Our regulations do not address food safety or nutrition. 
Key Activities
  • Develop regulations and guidance on organic standards
  • Manage the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances 
  • Accredit certifying agents to certify organic producers & handlers
  • Establish international organic import and export policies
  • Investigate and take action on regulatory violation complaints
  • Facilitate the work of the National Organic Standards Board, a Federal Advisory Committee
  • Oversee the Organic Certification Cost Share programs to support certified organic operators
  • Provide training to certifying agents, USDA staff, & other stakeholders
  • Engage and serve the organic community