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. 

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 comment docket for this meeting is now closed. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invited the public to submit written comments and/or provide oral comments at its Spring 2019 meeting in Seattle, Washington. The deadline to submit written comments and sign up for oral comments was 11:59 p.m. April 4, 2019. 

Written Comments

Written comments on the NOSB Subcommittees’ proposals can be viewed via A detailed agenda and the NOSB proposals are linked above.

Oral Comments

Registration for oral comments is now closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list for the in-person meeting, please email or call Michelle Arsenault 202.720.0081. 

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 and Thursday April 25, 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