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Below you will find our most recent press releases.

A new video tutorial on the OMRI YouTube channel explains how to use OMRI’s website search. The video goes through browsing and verifying OMRI Listed® products, and finding materials allowed for use under the USDA, Canada and Mexico organic standards.

(February 7, 2022) It is with bittersweet sorrow and gratitude that OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute, based in Eugene, Oregon, USA, announces the upcoming retirement of longtime Executive Director/CEO Peggy Miars, set to take place July 1, 2022, after 26 years of dedication to the organic sector.

(January 13, 2022) Leslie Touzeau, of Quality Certification Services (QCS), has joined OMRI as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

(May 20, 2021) Three new members have recently joined the OMRI Board of Directors: Emily Newman of the Rodale Institute, Hannah Smith-Brubaker of PASA Sustainable Agriculture, and Becky Gretebeck of good culture. As a nonprofit organization, OMRI relies on its board for oversight of policy and direction for the organization.

(November 23, 2020) The Organic Materials Review Institute has welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors in recent months. 

(July 1, 2020) OMRI is pleased to announce the launch of its Mexico Review Program.

(June 30, 2020) A desire for simplification and brand recognition spurs updates to the OMRI Listed® seal.

(March 19, 2020) This message will be updated as new information becomes available.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most OMRI staff are working remotely until further notice, and we are striving to provide our usual services with minimal disruption. We appreciate your patience at this time.

(January 6, 2020) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) has passed a new milestone, reaching 7,500 OMRI Listed® products reviewed and verified for organic use.

(October 9, 2019) Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm in Mineral Point, WI, has joined the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors. As a nonprofit organization, OMRI relies on its Board to oversee policy development and governance for the organization.