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Additional standards cost

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What is the cost of having a product reviewed to additional standards (NOP or COR)?

Products that are currently OMRI Listed® to one standard can be reviewed to additional standards (U.S. National Organic Program or Canada Organic Regime). See OMRI’s Review Cost page for the most current information about fees associated with review to additional standards.

Additional Use Class

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What is required to request an additional use class for my product listing?

OMRI use classes describe the final use for a product under the organic standards, such as “Crop Fertilizers and Soil Amendments” (CF) or “Processing Pest Controls” (PP). Some products may be used in multiple ways by an organic producer. For example, a crop fertilizer is sometimes also used as a livestock feed ingredient.

Annual Renewal

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What is the OMRI process for annual renewal?

OMRI sends annual renewal notifications to suppliers with OMRI Listed products.

Canada GMOs

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Are genetially modified organisms allowed for use in Canadian organic production?

According to CAN/CGSB 32.310, materials that result from genetic engineering are not compatible with organic production. With the exception of vaccines, which may be grown on genetically modified substrate, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not permitted in products that are being reviewed to COR standards.

Canada labeling

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Is the OMRI Listed seal permitted on all products sold in Canada?

In Canada, labeling for pesticide products and livestock feed ingredients is regulated by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), respectively. Currently, these agencies do not permit the OMRI seal on livestock feed ingredients or pesticide products sold in Canada.

Canada Organic Office

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Does the Canada Organic Office recognize OMRI's decisions about materials?

In accordance with a recent memo from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Certifying Bodies (CBs) that certify products to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards may choose to accept OMRI's determinations.  They may also consult with OMRI in order to obtain the technical guidance necessary to review input products for compliance.

Canada Review Cost

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What is the cost of applying for OMRI Canada Review?

If your product is not currently OMRI Listed®, you will need to pay for a full product review, as detailed on OMRI’s Review Cost page.  New suppliers will also need to submit a supplier fee with their application materials.

Certification

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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.

Changing a Password

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How do I change my password?

If you know your password and wish to change it, please follow these directions. If you do not know your password and need to request one, click here.

Changing Email Address

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How do I change my email address?

Please note: Applicants and Suppliers of products to the OMRI Review Program cannot change email addresses on the website. If you are an Applicant or Supplier who would like to change your email address, please contact OMRI.
If you are a Subscriber to OMRI, you can change your email address using these directions:

Confidential Materials

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Will OMRI securely guard the confidentiality of my formula and ingredient sources?

Yes, OMRI takes matters of confidentiality very seriously. OMRI policies on confidential information are outlined in section 1.6.1 of the OMRI Policy Manual

Consultants

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Is there a list of consultants who can help with the application to OMRI?

While OMRI does not endorse or recommend any particular consultant, we maintain a list of consultants that have interest in helping with OMRI applications. Many have helped or have been involved in submitting applications to OMRI in the past. You may find the list of consultants here.

Copies of Application Forms

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I have already ordered the Application Kit. How can I receive extra copies of the application forms?

If you have already ordered an Application Kit, you will have received a user name and password in an email. If you also requested a hard copy Application Kit you should have received it in the mail as well.

Decision Notification

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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 and/or the OMRI Canada Products List.

Expedited Application Process

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Does OMRI have an expedited application process?

No. The best way to have your application reviewed quickly is to submit a complete application. This includes submitting completed forms and all supporting documentation for the final product and each ingredient as specified in the application. Complete applications are processed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.

First Time Login

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How do I log in to the OMRI website for the first time?

Your email address is the one you have on file with OMRI. Your password is something you choose at the time of your first order from the OMRI website. If you have recently ordered an Application Kit or subscription service from OMRI, you should have received an email from info@omri.org following your order, confirming your login information.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

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Can I use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in my product?

OMRI refers to the U.S. National Organic Standards definition of genetic engineering at Title 7 Part 205.105 (e) and 205.2 Excluded Methods for review of input materials and processes. Ingredients that meet this definition are not allowed in OMRI Listed products or in certified organic production.

Inspections

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What products are required to undergo an inspection?

OMRI performs inspections for one of three reasons: 1) High Nitrogen Liquid Fertilizer (HNLF) products must undergo two inspections annually; 2) For-cause inspections are conducted when an inspection is needed to verify certain information; and 3) Random surveillance inspections are conducted annually for 1% of all OMRI Listed products.

ISO for COR

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Is OMRI accredited under ISO 17065 to review input products to COR standards?

Yes, OMRI is ISO 17065 accredited by the USDA Quality Assessment Division (QAD) for input product review and listing under National Organic Program and Canada Organic Regime standards. See OMRI's ISO 17065 certificate.  

Maintaining Your Product Listing

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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 or the OMRI Canada Products List.

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United States – National Organic Program (NOP)
  • - Allowed under the U.S. NOP organic standards
  • - Allowed With Restrictions under the U.S. NOP organic standards
  • - Prohibited or Removed under the U.S. NOP organic standards
Canada – Canada Organic Regime (COR)
  • - Allowed under the Canada COR standards
  • - Allowed With Restrictions under the Canada COR standards
  • - Prohibited or Removed under the Canada COR standards
Classifications
Crops
  • - Crop Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
  • - Crop Pest, Weed, and Disease Control
  • - Crop Management Tools and Production Aids
Livestock
  • - Livestock Feed Ingredients
  • - Livestock Health Care
  • - Livestock External Parasiticides and Pesticides
  • - Livestock Management Tools and Production Aids
Processing
  • - Processing Agricultural Ingredients and Processing Aids
  • - Processing Sanitizers and Cleaners
  • - Processing Packaging and Containers
  • - Processing Non-agricultural Ingredients and Processing Aids
  • - Processing Pest Controls