National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. Please visit the NOSB Meetings page for further information and instructions.

Upcoming Meetings

Fall 2019 Meeting – Pittsburgh, PA

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes on recommendations to the Secretary in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

Meeting Information:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15219

Reservations: Use the self-registration link OR register by phone: 1-800-222-TREE (8733). Group name - National Organic Standards Board October 2019 Meeting

Room reservation cutoff date: September 30, 2019

The meetings are open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments. The face-to-face meetings are not webcast.



  • NOP Update (pdf) - NOP

Public Comment
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invites the public to submit written comments and/or provide oral comments at its Fall 2019 business meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The comment period will close October 3, 2019. Please note: In order to be considered during the Fall 2019 meeting, written public comments or requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. October 3, 2019.

Written Comments
Please submit feedback on the NOSB Subcommittees’ proposals via (Docket # AMS-NOP-19-0038). A detailed agenda, along with the proposals, will be available approximately 6 weeks before the meeting and will be linked above. The deadline to submit written comments is 11:59 p.m. October 3, 2019.

Oral Comments
Oral comment registration will open when the NOSB proposals are posted. Please check back in early October.

The Board will hear oral comments during the following times: 

  • Webinars
    • October 15 & 17, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern (3-minute comment slot)
  • In-person meeting
    • Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24, 2019 (3-minute comment slot)

If you would like to listen to the webinars on October 15 & 17, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern, you can access them as follows:

Step 1: Dial In by Phone:

  • Toll-Free (U.S. & Canada):  866.740.1260
  • Access Code:  7202000

Step 2: Also Access the Web (optional):

  • Meeting URL:
  • Click the green button in upper right to “join meeting”
  • On the left side of the screen, enter Access Code 7202000, and click green button to “join meeting”.  Enter your name into the participant registration box.

The system can accommodate up to 150 callers; after that limit is reached, callers may be told that the call capacity has been exceeded.  Transcripts of the call(s) will be available after the in- person meeting concludes.

Questions?  Email Michelle Arsenault, NOSB Advisory Committee Specialist or call 202-720-0081