Organic Regulations

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules & regulations for the creation, production, handling, labeling, trade, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, commonly referred to as rulemaking, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public.

Regulatory References

  • USDA organic regulations. (Los Reglamentos Orgánicos Estadounidenses - PDF)  7 CFR Part205 includes all USDA organic standards, including prohibited practices, requirements, and the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
  • Program Handbook. This compilation of guidance documents, policy memos, and instructions is intended to clarify policies and assist those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with complying with NOP regulations.
  • Draft Guidance. To increase their quality and transparency, the NOP first publishes guidance documents in draft form with request for public comments.
  • Practice Standards. Specific guidelines and requirements that organic producers and handlers must address in their organic system plan. This page provides information on practice standards that have been recently published or are currently in development.