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Who We Are

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. OMRI Listed® products are allowed for use in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program. The OMRI Canada program also lists products for use under the Canadian Organic Standards. OMRI's funding comes from a variety of sources, including sales of publications, grants, donations, and subscriptions. Mainly, however, the organization generates income through fees collected for the review of products intended for use in organic production or processing.

Organizational Structure

A professional staff of 37 run the organization's various programs and administration out of the Eugene, Oregon office. The OMRI staff is governed by a Board of Directors, which is broadly representative of the organic industry. Board members represent certifiers, farmers, input suppliers, processors, handlers, consumer organizations, and animal welfare and environmental groups. The OMRI Advisory Council is composed of independent, professional experts from industry, academia, and public interest groups in the organic community. The Advisory Council makes policies and standards recommendations to the Board of Directors. OMRI Review Panels make the final decision as to whether a product should be OMRI Listed. Four external Review Panels make decisions for Crops, Livestock, Processing and Handling, and for all products reviewed under Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards. OMRI also maintains an internal Review Panel made up of qualified staff.

Staff

Meet our qualified and dedicated staff, the heart of materials review for the organic industry.

Employment

Interested in supporting expert analysis for the organic industry? We want to hear from you!

Board of Directors

OMRI's volunteer, representative board provides oversight and guidance.

Advisory Council

Industry experts provide technical advice about standards development and interpretation.

OMRI Review Panels

Experts from around the country make OMRI's final decisions about product listings.

History

Organic certifiers created OMRI to act as an independent expert specializing in materials.