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.



Public Comment

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invited the public to submit written comments and/or provide oral comments at its Fall 2018 meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The deadline to submit written comments and sign up for oral comments was 11:59 p.m.  October 4, 2018. 

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: 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)

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