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Inspections

Question: 

What products are required to undergo an inspection?

OMRI performs three different types of inspections- High Nitrogen Liquid Fertilizer (HNLF) inspections, For-cause inspections and Random surveillance.

If your product is a High Nitrogen Liquid Fertilizer (defined as a liquid fertilizer with a nitrogen analysis or label claim of greater than 3% nitrogen), the product must undergo one announced and one unannounced inspection annually per USDA policy. One announced inspection is conducted prior to the product being listed on the OMRI Products List and one unannounced inspection is conducted sometime in the first year after the product is added to the OMRI Products List. These two inspections will occur every year that the product 's OMRI listing is renewed. OMRI requires an annual fee of $3500 for a new product and $1500 for repackaged products to cover the cost of these inspections. For more information about the cost of these inspections see the Review Cost webpage. More information about inspections can be found in the OMRI Policy Manual or you are welcome to contact us at (541)343-7600.

Additionally, For-cause inspections and/or stream of commerce sampling may be conducted when there is cause to do so. More information about these types of inspections is available in the OMRI Policy Manual section §5.2.

Finally, random surveillance is preformed on 1% of all OMRI Listed products annually. Random surveillance consists of either stream of commerce sampling (buying the product and sending a sample into a lab for analysis), or through an inspection at the manufacturing site. Random surveillance is a part of OMRI’s ISO accredited procedures, and there is no additional cost for these tests or inspections.