Out of Scope and Beyond Resolution
Are there any products that OMRI will not review?
OMRI reviews input products for use in organic crop, livestock and processing production. However, some input products may be considered out of OMRI's scope for various reasons. Here is a list of product types that are considered to be out of scope for OMRI to review:
- Machines or other types of devices.
- Products that are not relevant to the National Organic Program regulations, for instance products that are meant to be used in aquaculture systems, bug spray for humans, or beauty care products. A product such as cat litter would be considered out of scope unless the label had a specific agricultural use that complies with the organic regulations.
OMRI’s Review Program routinely encounters difficult technical issues for which industry experts are consulted for guidance and interpretation of the NOP Rule. When a product review has an issue that is outside of OMRI's or the National Organic Program’s (NOP's) current written standards, OMRI’s policy is to place the product under “Unresolved” status for a maximum of 275 days while OMRI gathers evidence to help guide the review. If OMRI is unable to resolve the issue within the given timeframe, application is forfeited and OMRI will refund the application fees. In certain cases where interpretation is needed from the NOP before making a decision, OMRI designates an unresolved issue as “Beyond Resolution,” and will no longer accept applications that pertain to that particular issue until the issue becomes resolved by the NOP.