National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting - St. Paul, MN

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
St. Paul, MN

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 2020, and guidance on organic policies. 

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 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:

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
11 Kellogg Boulevard East
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1005
Reservations: Booking link: National Organic Standards Board Fall 2018 or call (651) 292-1900 or (866) 686-2867
Room reservation cutoff date: October 3, 2018

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 2018 meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The comment period will close on October 4, 2018. Please note: In order to be considered during the Fall 2018 meeting, written public comments or requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. October 4, 2018.

Written Comments

Please submit feedback on the NOSB Subcommittees’ proposals via 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 4, 2018.

Oral Comments

The Board will hear oral comments during the following times. Please register here for one speaking slot by choosing either the webinar or the in-person meeting:  

  • Webinars: October 16 and 18, 2018, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern (3 minute comment slot)

  • In-person meeting: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (3 minute comment slot)

Each person may sign up for ONE 3-minute speaking slot either during the webinars or the in-person meeting. Walk-in comment slots may become available on a first come-first served basis at the meeting in Saint Paul, if the schedule allows.

Please note: Registration will close either when the maximum number of commenters has been reached, or at 11:59 p.m. October 4, 2018 Eastern time.

If you would like to listen to the webinars on October 16 & 18, 2018, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern, you can access them as follows:

Dial In by Phone:

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

  • Access Code:  7202000

Optional: Listen in on Web

  • 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