National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting - Seattle, WA

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, April 26, 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.

Spring 2019 Meeting – Seattle, WA

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:

April 24-26, 2019, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm PACIFIC TIME
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA, 98104-1119

Reserve online: Book your group rate for NOSB Spring 2019 Board Meeting
Reserve by phone: 1 (800) 468-3571 or (206) 583-0300: National Organic Standards Board April 2019 Meeting
Government per diem rate: $189.00/night
Room reservation cutoff date: April 3, 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. Times shown for face-to-face meetings are always in the meeting location’s local time zone; whereas, webinars and commenting deadlines are always based on the Eastern time zone.



  • NOP Update (pdf) - NOP

Public Comment
The docket for this meeting is now open. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invites public comment on agenda topics in writing, in-person at the Spring 2019 business meeting in Seattle, or during one of the webinars leading up to the meeting. The comment period will close April 4, 2019. Please note: In order to be considered during the Spring 2019 meeting, written public comments or requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME April 4, 2018.

Written Comments
Please submit feedback on the NOSB Subcommittees’ proposals via (Docket # AMS-NOP-18-0071). 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. April 4, 2019.

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

The Board will hear oral comments during the following times:  

  • Webinars
    • April 16 & 18, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern (3 minute comment slot)
  • In-person meeting
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (3 minute comment slot)

If you would like to listen to the webinars on April 16 & 18, 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