The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) final rule in the Federal Register on January 19, 2023. NOP will hold an informational webinar to provide an overview of the rule’s changes and how they will affect organic farms and businesses.
Webinar links and details
- Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET.
- Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600422854
- Or join by phone. Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1-669-254-5252 or +1-646-828-7666 or +1 646 964 1167
or +1-551-285-1373 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 415 449 4000
- Webinar ID: 160 042 2854
- International numbers available: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/adGUvTK54u
What the webinar covers
Organic is a vital part of the U.S. food system, and the SOE final rule makes significant updates to the organic regulations. SOE is a significant part of our continuous improvement of the standards to meet the growing complexity of organic supply chains. The final rule includes several new changes that support strong organic control systems, improve farm to market traceability, increase import oversight authority and provide robust enforcement of the organic regulations. This webinar will provide an overview of the rule to help the industry understand how they are affected and what steps they need to take to comply within its 14-month implementation timeline.
Who SOE affects
The rule may affect USDA-accredited certifying agents; organic inspectors; certified organic operations; operations considering organic certification; businesses that import or trade organic products; and retailers that sell organic products. USDA encourages those who may be affected by the rule to attend the webinar and to review the full rule. Access the final rule and related resources on the AMS website (linked below).