Frequently Asked Questions About Product Review
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Can I call my product "certified organic" once approved?
No. The term "certified organic" is reserved for food and fiber products that meet the organic standards. Organic operators look for the OMRI Listed® seal because it assures them the product has passed OMRI expert review for use as an input for organic production.
Foods, fibers, and feeds are eligible to be called "certified organic" and carry the USDA's seal for organic products. Input products are used to grow, process, or produce organic foods, feed, or fibers including substances such as fertilizers, pesticides, and other materials used on the farm or in the food processing facility. They are typically not eligible to carry the USDA seal or use the term "certified organic." Inputs are either Allowed, Allowed with Restrictions or Prohibited for use in organic agriculture or food processing.
Because the job of determining whether individual inputs products comply with the organic standards can be a tough one, OMRI is dedicated exclusively to this task. This means that OMRI is the most experienced reviewer available. OMRI also assists with the promotion of those inputs by licensing the OMRI seal and the use of the term OMRI Listed®, and by including these products in the OMRI Products List, which is viewed and trusted by thousands of organic farmers and gardeners throughout North America.
How do I maintain my product listing?
Annual Renewal (annually) Suppliers need to renew product and supplier listings and submit renewal fees annually to remain on the OMRI Products List. The annual renewal process ensures that OMRI Listed products continue to meet OMRI's standards and allows OMRI to maintain accurate listing information. This process is simple and does not require the submission of a full product application.
Ongoing Compliance Review (every 3-5 years) All OMRI Listed products will undergo a full Ongoing Compliance Review every 3-5 years to ensure that the product continues to conform to OMRI's standards. The Ongoing Compliance (OC) Review is required for OMRI’s ISO 65 accreditation. OC applications must be returned by the deadline in order to keep the product listed on the OMRI Product List.
Notification of Company and Product Changes (ongoing) OMRI Listed product suppliers must notify OMRI in writing 60 days prior to the implementation of any Product Changes specified in the OMRI Policy Manual Section 2.9. The downloadable Change Report form is available when you log in to the OMRI website and navigate to the Individual Forms and Checklist page found on the right hand menu.
What do I need to submit to OMRI if I want to change my product after my product is listed?
Suppliers of OMRI Listed products must notify OMRI in writing 60 days prior to the implementation of any product changes listed in the OMRI Policy Manual Section 2.9. The Change Report form is used to report any changes to a listed product, including changes to company information. This form can be found when you log into the website and navigate to the Individual Forms and Checklists page in the right hand Applicant Menu. To see applicable fees for making changes to your product, click here to visit the Review Cost page.
What is the OMRI process for annual renewal?
Product listing renewal dates occur one year from the first day of the calendar quarter following the date a product is added to the OMRI Products List. For example, if your product is added to the OMRI Products List on February 1, 2012, the listing expiration date will be March 1, 2013 and the renewal will be due February 1, 2013. The early renewal due date is needed to allow time for processing the large number of renewals OMRI receives prior to the listing expiration date. Also, updated OMRI Listed® certificate may be provided to suppliers prior to their current certificates’ expiration date. After the first year, product renewals are due annually on the same date.
Suppliers with more than one OMRI Listed product will be prorated so that all of their renewals are due at the same time.
The renewal process allows OMRI to maintain accuracy of the information on the OMRI Products List through:
- removing discontinued products
- updating information about suppliers and products
OMRI sends annual renewal packets to suppliers with OMRI Listed products. To renew, suppliers must complete and submit all renewal forms along with the applicable fees and other documentation requested in the renewal packet. If renewal forms, fees and other requested documentation are not received by the final deadline (5 business days prior to the product listing expiration date) the product(s) is/are removed from the OMRI Products List.
Please contact Cindy at 541-343-7600 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about renewing your product listing.
When will I be notified of the Review Panel's decision?
The OMRI Review Panel studies your reviewer's summary and recommendation and either votes on a product's status or requests more information. Products that comply are given an "Allowed" or " Allowed with Restrictions" status and are added to the OMRI Products List. Applicants are notified within 12 business days after the Review Panel completes their decision-making process.
When the Review Panel approves the application, OMRI issues a certificate and an approval letter. Also, OMRI lists the product on the OMRI website list search and in the quarterly supplement to the OMRI Products List. Every January, OMRI prints the OMRI Products List in full, including all approved products. Finally, the OMRI Listed® Seal is licensed to the company for use in association with the product.
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