National Organic Program

Established by Congress , this federal regulatory program develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products sold in the United States.  

Operating as a public-private partnership, the National Organic Program (NOP) accredits third-party organizations to certify that farms and businesses meet the national organic standards. USDA and accredited certifiers also work together to enforce the standards, ensuring a level playing field for producers and protecting consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal.

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Regulatory References

  • USDA Organic Regulations – Access 7 CFR Part 205 and the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
  • NOP Handbook – Provides guidance and instructions that can assist in complying with the USDA organic regulations.
  • Labeling Organic Products – Provides details on the various labeling categories for organic products.
  • USDA Organic Seal – Provides the organic seal in multiple file formats and outlines the regulatory specifications for its use.

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Farmers, Ranchers & Businesses

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Consumers

Enforcement

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) 

NOP Staff