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Review Time

Question: 

How long does the review take?

The length of time for a product to complete the review process varies according to the type of product and the completeness of the application. OMRI's goal is to maintain a median review time of two months. However, due to recent challenges and a high number of incoming applications, the median review time has increased to six to seven months. 

Currently, most new product applications complete the initial administrative part of the review (known as pre-review) within 4-6 weeks of being submitted, but may wait for some time for the compliance review to begin once the pre-review is complete. In order to help applicants understand what to expect, OMRI updates the table below monthly with information about expected wait times.

 Business days waiting for compliance review
Last updatedMedianMaximum*
8 September 202176 (3.5 months)148 (6.8 months)

*Certain reviews (Livestock and Processing reviews, or reviews to the Canadian or Mexican organic standards) require specialized knowledge, and may wait longer for staff to begin the review

Once the compliance review begins, the Product Review Coordinator assigned to your file will contact you if any additional information is needed in order to continue the review. OMRI's Review Process FAQ has more information about the steps of the review. 

OMRI strives to review applications in the order in which they are received. We cannot guarantee the length of time it will take to review an application, but we will make every effort to advance the review as quickly as possible. The single most important factor in determining how long the review will take is whether the application arrives with all of the required information.