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The OMRI communications team maintains a press list for occasional press releases about the activities of the organization and regulations on materials for organic use. Please email marketing@omri.org to add your email to our press list.

Below you will find our most recent press releases.

(June 24, 2015) The OMRI Canada Products List© recently exceeded 100 products, thanks to the committed applicants who make it a priority to verify the organic compliance of their input products. OMRI just began reviewing products to the Canadian Organic Standards in 2014, and the list has grown steadily.

(May 20, 2015) OMRI's longtime Technical Director, Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, has accepted a new position and will be moving on from OMRI next month. She will be truly missed by OMRI staff and organic stakeholders throughout the country.

(May 13, 2015) OMRI (The Organic Materials Review Institute) is now working with over 1,000 companies, representing nearly 3,500 OMRI Listed® inputs intended for use in producing organic food and fiber. The OMRI Review Program is a voluntary program that started in 1997 with just a handful of products. Nearly twenty years later, reaching 1,000 companies is an achievement indeed.  

(April 21, 2015) Eugene, OR. OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) is pleased to announce that Executive Director/CEO Peggy Miars has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS). A member of the World Board for IFOAM-Organics International since October 2014, she represents IFOAM on the IOAS board.

(February 13, 2015) OMRI is looking for a Product Review Coordinator to join its growing team. As part of the OMRI Review Program, Product Review Coordinators are responsible for completing technical reviews and making recommendations on input materials for use in organic production. The Product Review Coordinator reports to the Review Program Technical Manager.

(February 4, 2015) The National Organic Program (NOP) recently added an allowance for the use of biodegradable, biobased mulch films to the USDA regulations for organic crop production.

(December 8, 2014) OMRI (The Organic Materials Review Institute) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, mobile responsive website at OMRI.org. Now all of the OMRI website features are available to visitors on tablets and smartphones.

(December 4, 2014) As part of the process for revising and reprinting the Generic Materials List© and OMRI Standards Manual© for products reviewed in accordance with the USDA organic regulations, OMRI is considering several changes. Your input is essential to the process.

(October 22, 2014) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) is pleased to announce that Executive Director/CEO Peggy Miars has been elected as the only North American representative to serve a three-year term on the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

(June 11, 2014) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently released a memo that clarifies the policies for input verification under the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards. The memo effectively states that Certification Bodies (CBs) are allowed to accept the determination of an outside input evaluation program.