Why is OMRI not USDA accredited as an organic certifier?
Agricultural products that are outputs of organic farms or processors (such as foods, fibers and feeds) can be USDA “certified organic.” Most input products (such as fertilizers, pesticides, additives, etc.) are ineligible for organic certification. However, inputs must be approved prior to use on a certified organic operation. OMRI reviews input products to verify that they meet the organic standards for use on organic farms or in organic processing. OMRI is recognized by the USDA NOP as a reputable 3rd party input reviewer in Policy Memorandum 11-4 in the NOP Handbook. In addition, OMRI is accredited under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Guide 65 by the USDA Grading and Verification Division. USDA auditors confirm on an annual basis that OMRI adheres to the policy and standards set forth in the OMRI Policy and OMRI Standards Manuals, and by the U.S. organic standards. OMRI Listed products can use language such as “for organic use” or “for organic production” to communicate compliance with organic rules.